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Goodbye Lena Dunham! Why John Early is millennial comedy’s new king
From his hipster satire in Search Party to Britney Spears impressions, the Tennessee comic’s joyful characters mark a departure from self-absorbed twentysomething humour.
In one of the final episodes of subversive murder mystery series Search Party, John Early’s fantastically vainglorious character Elliott has an epiphany. He sits at the desk of his book publisher and addresses a room of staff who are impatiently waiting for a first draft of his autobiography. “Here’s the truth. I don’t want to work. I don’t like working. Work sucks,” he declares after a long, meditative sigh. “Working feels bad and I don’t ever want to work one more day in my entire life. Oh my God, it feels so good to say that!” Combined with his ridiculously contrarian outfit – a gaudy striped smock, a cream Sherlock cap and a pair of patterned swimming trunks – Elliott exudes the much-examined “millennial malaise”. A man exhausted by life, by expectations. Even the prospect of a ghostwritten book about his own life is a cruel distraction from the relaxation he believes he is entitled to.