I recently sung the praises of Larry David’s cool daughter Cazzie David in our I Like This Bitch’s Life series, the result of hours spent creeping through her perfectly curated Instagram feed. But as it turns out, Cazzie is just as well versed in the intricacies of social-media envy and online image maintenance as her stalkers (ahem!) are, and her new comedy web series Eighty-Sixed (the first four episodes are on YouTube now) is all about how social media amplifies these distinctly millennial neuroses.
Cazzie plays Remi, an anxious, self-absorbed misanthrope with a penchant for eye-rolls and deadpan put-downs, self-medicating her recent breakup with google searches (“How is Demi Moore doing post Ashton Kutcher?” she types feverishly, swaddled in her duvet cover. “How is Stacy Keibler doing?”). The next four episodes see her committing the sort of awkward transgressions of social etiquette that might have showed up on Curb Your Enthusiasm if Larry had been young in the age of Snapchat and Tinder. In one episode, she tries to force her friends to upload a photo of her (“If I upload it, it looks desperate and like I want him to know I’m going out”) but is stymied because her best friend’s Instagram is “only food pics.” Later, at a party, she fights with another guest after plugging her own iPhone into the party’s speakers (to try and kill the vibe so her friends will want to leave).
Much like Larry, Cazzie displays an obstinate refusal to modulate her behavior in response to shifting circumstances (in one instance, continuing to silently enjoy her ice-cream cone when a friend mentions her mother has a tumor), and frequently coins new neologisms to articulate her unique set of neuroses, from “city pants” (pants you can’t wear to sit on the bed) to “solidarity cones” (because when your friend goes through a breakup and orders an ice-cream cone, it’s rude to order a cup).
Yet genetic inheritance aside, it’s hard not to imagine HBO’s ears pricking up as they look to fill the void Hannah Horvath–shaped void in viewer’s hearts. Cazzie’s brittle, deadpan charisma makes her innately watchable, and there are few shows I’ve seen successfully mine the complex norms and pressures of social-media etiquette as the starting point for comedy. “There are a lot of hashtag and selfie jokes, but not a lot of satirizing the humiliation and obsession behind it in a realistic way,” David told Complex about her desire to provide a realistic depiction of how her peers use social media. “It’s so funny how social media was just this fun thing and now it’s this monster that consumes so many millennial lives. You know every person under 30 was anxious this weekend that they weren’t going to get a good Coachella Instagram.”
Watch the first episode below:
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- How to Tell If You’ve Given Your Baby an ‘Elite’ Name
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