Last night co-writer/actor David Cross brought the first two episodes of his funny new IFC show The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret to the 2010 New York Television Festival. The six-episode series is an American-British co-production about an office temp in Oregon who is mistaken for someone with intelligence and a spine by his arrogant, condescending and continuously cursing boss (Will Arnett). So Todd is quickly sent off to run the London branch of the Thunder Muscle energy drink company, except he only has one subordinate (who is smarter than him), no clue about British culture and no idea how to sell the product stacked to the ceiling in his new office. To make matters worse, the title character is deluded, a habitual liar and has left his cat back in Oregon with a month’s supply of tuna in a giant bowl, thinking he’ll be back again soon. (I’ll say no more about that.) If you’re a fan of Cross’ edgier humor — and IFC ain’t bleepin’ nothin’ out — then you’ll likely take to the series, which begins airing Friday, October 1st at 10 PM on IFC.
Cross was joined at the SVA Theater by co-writer Shaun Pye (a British comedian and writer with substantial quiz and talk show host credits), comedian/actor Robert Klein and actor Amber Tamblyn (who seems to have weekly cameos on the show and is also dating Cross). After the well-received screening, Cross and Pye exchanged witty barbs with New York Times contributor Ari Karpel and the audience, showcasing how they work well together even outside of writing. (Pye cracked that it was initially an honor to meet Cross, until he realized that it wasn’t.) Then select industry insiders attended the packed, British-themed afterparty — yes, there was beer and fish and chips — at the Half King Pub in the Chelsea district.