Based on a book named A Higher Loyalty by James Comey, a former FBI director; “The Comedy Rule” is a television miniseries. Famous for his real-life films, Billy Ray wrote and directed this American political drama for Showtime. Showtime premiered it on September 27, 2020. Till now, the network aired two episodes of “The Comedy Rule” in the English language. The release date of the series is 30 September 2020 in the UK by Sky Atlantic network. The Comedy Rule depicts Trump’s election in a non-satirical way which seems a very fresh approach. The series had a budget of $40 million and mostly shot in CBS Television Studio.
Cast: The Comedy Rule
The cast of “The Comedy Rule” consist of well-known actors and actresses. We see Jeff Daniels playing the role of James Comey, Brendan Gleeson aka President Donald Trump, Holly Hunter aka Sally Yates, Michael Kelly aka Andrew McCabe and Kingsley Ben-Adir as the former President Barack Obama. The cast also includes Jennifer Ehle, Peter Coyote, Steven Pasquale, Oona Chaplin, T.R Knight, Steve Zissis and some others.
Storyline: The Comedy Rule
As seen in the episodes, the plot revolves around an FBI director during the 2016 Presidential election of the United States of America and later during the starting of Trump’s presidency. In an interview with Vanityfair, the writer-director Billy Ray stated, “The hero of that part of the story is Shane Salerno, who’s one of our executive producers, Comey did not want to have this thing adapted. He didn’t want this created as a feature or television sequel. And it was Shane who said to him, ‘Look, if your book is an enormous success, it will reach this many people. If we make a miniseries of this and it’s a success, it will reach ten times that number of people. If your goal is to tell a story about leadership and principles, you need to get it in front of as many eyeballs as you can.’”
The Comedy Rule: Filming Locations
If we take a close look at The Comedy Rule miniseries, we can notice that the filming location is none other than the studio of CBS. The Comedy Rule got about 60% approval rating on the review aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes. The ministries got a negative review from Daniel D’Addario of Variety as he stated, “bends and strains to accommodate Comey’s showy displays of duty and righteousness”. Slate’s Laura Miller said, “the story of institutions run per norms and traditions that seem permanent but prove terrifyingly fragile. Comey gets out, but the rest of us are still living in the sequel” while describing the miniseries.
On another reviews aggregator website called as Metacritic, The Comedy Rule scores 59 out of 100 based on the reviews by viewers. The critics think that despite the brilliance in the performance” The Comedy Rule” has a chaotic approach and doesn’t provide much of an insight as it claims. If you enjoyed reading this article and do not want to miss any updates, then follow up for more and stay tuned!