NBC's Community Stars Joel McHale, Might Be Funny

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Pleasantly, though, after watching the preview featurette now circulating online, this writer is feeling cautiously optimistic. The cast seems to have struck a balance between stars and new-comers (The Daily Show's John Oliver rounds out the known names, none of whom seem to be resting on their comedic laurels), and while the pacing and pop-culture references could easily edge into pseudo-Gilmore Girls levels of face-clawing snappiness, it's nice to see an NBC comedy deriving humor from something other than overblown social awkwardness and winking stupidity. Not to jinx anything, but Community actually seems kinda smart, sweet and—yeah, fingers definitely crossed here—funny. What a novel idea.

Judge for yourself:

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