Mike Myers returns to multi-character comedy in his Netflix show The Pentaverate

Mike Myers is making a return to comedy in a brand new, six-episode Netflix present referred to as The Pentaverate, after years of uncommon film appearances. If the trailer that premiered on Wednesday is something to go by, it’ll be the kind of venture the place Myers makes up virtually half the forged — he’s enjoying eight totally different characters, based on Deadline.

The present, which is able to begin streaming on Could fifth, additionally stars comedians like Ken Jeong, Keegan-Michael Key, and Jennifer Saunders. It facilities on a shadowy, and presumably world-controlling, secret society referred to as the Pentaverate. Based on the voice-over within the trailer, which you’ll be able to watch beneath, it was began by 5 individuals who had been labeled as heretics after discovering that the Black Plague was brought on by fleas and rats (which explains all of the plague physician masks).

The idea for the present comes from a joke in one other film staring Myers, So I Married an Axe Assassin. You may watch that scene beneath (don’t fear, there are not any axe murders in it — simply Colonel Sanders slander).

It’s been fairly some time since we’ve seen a Mike Myers-helmed comedy venture — that is the primary huge factor we’ve seen written by him since 2008’s The Love Guru, which Myers wrote and performed a number of characters in. He’s acted in just a few motion pictures since then, like Inglourious Basterds and 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody and Terminal however these initiatives aren’t fairly the identical as, say, the Austin Powers motion pictures Myers is thought for.

Netflix has been on a streak making general-interest comedy content material with huge names, like Area Power with Steve Carell, Pink Discover (beginning The Rock, Ritu Arya, and Ryan Reynolds), and final week’s huge premiere The Adam Venture (starring Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Garner, and Ryan Reynolds).

It does really feel a little bit bit like that point in 2014 when Netflix ordered 4 Adam Sandler motion pictures, then swore that they had been so fashionable it simply needed to order 4 extra. I’m not making an attempt to shade this Myers venture earlier than it comes out (please don’t damage me Myers Stans, I beloved The Spy Who Shagged Me and Shrek), however it does really feel like Netflix is following an analogous playbook of getting comedy stars from the 90s and early 2000s to make content material following the type of their previous hits. Hey, it has to do one thing to maintain individuals watching whereas it raises costs and considers making individuals pay to share passwords.

Disclosure: The Verge is presently producing a sequence with Netflix.

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