You probably know TJ Jagodowski as the Sonic guy from his popular fast food commercials. TJ is also one of the all-time greats in improvisational comedy. TJ & Dave shows are legendary in Chicago. They are the Jordan and Pippen of improv.
At The Joinery in Logan Square last night, TJ’s new series “Studio B” hosted a premiere party. The cast and crew were in attendance, including producer Gus Murray. A packed house helped themselves to cans of Old Style and handfuls of Garrett’s Mix before the showing. The first three episodes (7-9 minutes each) ran back-to-back-to-back.
The series has all the makings of a comedy hit. I’ve grown accustomed to TJ’s goofy Sonic character. In Studio B, he delivers a character with depth and a touch of a dark backstory wrapped with a Saul Goodman-like sense of humor. As a lead, TJ’s performance really stood out amongst a terrific cast, who bring a top-notch script to life. The on-screen chemistry is nothing short of amazing when you consider these are the pilot episodes. I felt as if these characters had been working together at Studio for years and years. Music is a major part of the storylines…it being set in a recording studio and all…and the powerful songs they utilize deliver and add to the overall viewing experience. The plot moves forward with a pace tailored to the modern attention span without sacrificing character or plot development. I hope they keep cranking out the hits at Studio B for years to come.