Yesterday was April Fool's Day for all of you unfortunate souls who still haven't figured that out yet. It was a day of dipping and dodging false reports about some genuinely ludicrous bull-hockey. But one good thing did come from yesterday. CBS All Access debuted the first two episodes of Get Out and Us writer-director Jordan Peele's reboot of Rod Serling's classic sci-fi anthology series The Twilight Zone. And today we have the revival's first episode "The Comedian" for you guys to check out for free. The episode stars Kumail Nanjiani as, you guessed it, a struggling stand-up comedian who, after receiving advice from a legendary comedian (played by Tracy Morgan with a vape) starts to incorporate details about the lives of people he knows into his routines. Unfortunately, this has an unforeseen side effect, and soon Nanjiani is trapped, you guessed it, in The Twilight Zone.
On top of the above-mentioned cast that includes Kumail Nanjiani (Men in Black: International, The Big Sick) and Tracy Morgan (30 Rock, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), this first episode also features Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited, The Night Of), Diarra Kilpatrick (The Salton Sea, American Koko), and Ryan Robbins (Sacred Lies, Deadly Class). Owen Harris (Black Mirror "San Junipero" and "Be Right Back") directed this first episode from a screenplay written by Alex Rubens (Rick and Morty, Key and Peele).
The Comedian wasn't the only episode to hit CBS All Access yesterday - but it is the only one currently available on CBS All Access' official YouTube channel. The new streaming platform also debuted the revival's remake of the classic "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet" episode starring Adam Scott (Step Brothers, Knocked Up), Chris Diamantopoulos (The Three Stooges, Silicon Valley), Katie Findlay (Jem and The Holograms), Nicholas Lea (The X-Files), and the voice of Dan Carlin (Common Sense, Hardcore History, and Hardcore History: Addendum).
Greg Yaitanes directed that episode from a screenplay written by Marco Ramirez based on a story by Ramirez along with Simon Kinberg and Jordan Peele. That other new episode followed the terrifying tale of a PTSD-suffering investigative journalist (played by Adam Scott) who is traveling to a new job in Tel Aviv by plane. All seems good to go until Scott finds an MP3 player with a true-crime podcast on it. And this podcast details how the airplane he is currently on will disappear. Moo-Haha.
I had the chance to check out both episodes yesterday, and I dug the hell out of both of them. Yes, Nightmare at 30,000 Feet was the better of the two, but that said, "The Comedian" was pretty badass as well. I highly suggest checking it out today and then subscribing to CBS All Access to check out the other episodes as they hit throughout the next few weeks. If these first two episodes are a reliable indication of what we can expect from Peele's revival, then I think it safe to say that we are in good hands. Go figure. This first episode comes to us from CBS All Access' official YouTube channel.