NBC's new sitcom Undateable , starring comedian Chris D'Elia, starts this Thursday, and unlike Whitney (another NBC sitcom D'Elia previously starred in) this one might actually make it a full two seasons. The basic gist is this: D'Elia plays Danny, the womanizing new roommate of shy bartender Justin (comedian Brett Morin) who has a crush on his co-worker Maddie (Ground Floor's Briga Heelan) and a handful of geeky, goofy friends. Seeing how crippled by social anxiety Justin is, a mostly well-meaning Danny consistently offers unsolicited relationship advice.
In other words, Undateable is pretty well-worn territory, and judging from what we've seen so far, it looks like D'Elia's going to be a bright spot of the series. The bar setting mixed with Danny's womanizing ways definitely gives this a How I Met Your Mother vibe, and it seems like the odds of Danny eventually sleeping with — or trying to sleep with — Maddie are pretty high.
D'Elia, who started out as and continues to be a pretty hilarious stand-up comic with an even more hilarious Vine profile, doesn't have a ton of credits to his name, but if you like comedy, his face is probably pretty recognizable to you. Here are a few of the place you might've seen him.
As the Pothead Bill on Glory Daze
Watching D'Elia interact with a real live Lucky the Leprechaun (of Lucky Charms fame) is one of the simple pleasures in life, and it's a prime example of the kind of bizarre, random comedy we've come to expect from him.
As the Pedophile Topher on Workaholics
It takes a special kind of person to play a child molester and still have a career, and that man is D'Elia. On the Workaholics episode "To Friend a Predator" he plays Topher, a pedophile who Adam, Blake, and Anders accidentally befriend and who does lots of cool stuff like wear fedoras and carry around potato guns.
As Alex the Boyfriend on Whitney
D'Elia's biggest role was also kind of his lamest, which might not bode well for Undateable. It's not that D'Elia did poorly in his role on Whitney, it was just kind of tame for him. (Plus Whitney just wasn't that great.) D'Elia is kind of a weirdo — in a good way — and should probably be guest-starring on The League or Broad City, or leading his own show on a network that isn't going to try to domesticate him.
Then again, he might surprise us, and bring a bit of zest to Thursday nights. The role he's playing in Undateable — that of a bad boy bachelor with a quick wit and smart ass tendencies — is probably more in his comfort zone than a live-in boyfriend... with a quick wit and smart ass tendencies.