June 7, 2023

The Pitch: Over its first two seasons, FXX’s Dave has slowly grown from an easily-dismissed riff on Atlanta, starring a blinkered white rapper (Lil Dicky, aka Dave Burd, taking part in himself) who spits about his tiny freaky penis, to a curiously insightful and poignant exploration of 1 man’s self-absorption. (The dick jokes, blissfully, stay unsullied.)

In spite of everything, it’s Dave’s hustle, and his surprisingly nimble bars, that lend him what measure of success he manages to eke out in a enterprise all too conscious of his foibles — up till he says the unsuitable factor, or flies too near the solar, or crumbles in opposition to Private Disaster #25. However Season 3 sees him on the closest he’s ever come to rap stardom, scorching off the heels of a triumphant efficiency on the VMAs alongside greatest good friend and chaos agent GaTa (Burd’s real-life bestie, taking part in himself) — possibly the closest Lil Dicky’s come to true development.

Eager to strike whereas the iron’s scorching, Dave and his crew — GaTa, sadsack roommate-turned-manager Mike (Andrew Santino), childhood pal and producer Elz (Odd Future’s Travis “Taco” Bennett), and longtime good friend/music video director Emma (Christine Ko) — begin revving up for the following state of Dave’s profession, from cross-country excursions to music movies about Dave’s “romantic origin story.” Nonetheless, regardless of how a lot fame is thrown Dave’s approach, there’s all the time the danger of a fall from grace, typically by his personal neurotic, self-sabotaging hand.

Bored with Intercourse: The season opener, “Texas,” is a quick-and-dirty breakdown of the impact this newfound fame is having on Dave. Opening with a music-video-styled hookup with a fan in a lodge room, Dave tries to reap the advantages of a life on tour — “that is life while you’re younger and wild” — solely to freak out that he misplaced the condom inside her.

She doesn’t care; even after they end, she’s extra involved with getting a postcoital selfie with him. It’s clear he’s nonetheless reeling from his breakup with Ally (Taylor Misiak), final seen aghast at Dave’s insistence on utilizing a heartfelt music about their breakup for his debut album in opposition to her needs. He’s uninterested in intercourse — he desires to fall in love.

Within the meantime, Dave lastly has followers, which is what he all the time needed. Hassle is, these followers all the time need one thing from him; even the giddiest and most innocent amongst them wish to get away into the trade and hope for his assist or recommendation. And it’s his determined to flee from the artificiality of touring that sends him down a Texas-sized descent into darkness, chasing after a cute lady who involves considered one of his gigs who claims she’s by no means heard of him earlier than. Hijinx ensue, most of them involving Dave operating from one disaster to a different clad solely in a “Scroguard,” a flesh-colored sexual security gadget that principally quantities to Spanx with a gap to your dick.

Dave (FXX/Hulu)

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