Pam and Sue's pilot in The A.V. Club's Top Five at the NYTVF
"Pam And Sue
One of the stranger trends at this
year’s festival was the way that more and more pilots featured faces
attendees would have known from elsewhere. Many of these were deeply
flawed, but it was still strange to see Willie Garson or Dee Wallace
popping up in an independent TV pilot. This is the standout of that
trend, a show featuring Sue Galloway, who will be known to fans of 30 Rock.
The festival is full of wannabe sketch-comedy shows, and while this one
is obviously edited together from web shorts, it’s done so with panache
and style, and Galloway and her sketch partner, Pam Murphy, come up
with wild, weird concepts that they then play to the hilt."
Cast & Credits
Executive Producers: Pam Murphy and Sue Galloway
Writers: Pam Murphy and Sue Galloway
Directors: Mitch Magee, Rebecca Drysdale, Todd Bieber, Lucia Aniello, and Paul Downs
Principal Cast: Pam - Pam Murphy, Sue - Sue Galloway, Barbershop Bass - Jeff Hiller, Barbershop Tenor - Tony Rodriguez, Barbershop Alto - Amy Heidt, Actor on stage #1 - Jeff Hiller, Actor on stage #2 - Paul Downs, Voice of Chester - John Lutz, Body of Chester - Chester Murphy Program Notes
Delve into the minds of Pam and Sue, where the mundane becomes the absurd, everyday situations become unexpectedly funny, and anything is possible. Of course, that also means that giving simple directions can become a run for your life, a hair salon can transform into a nightclub, and your co-worker might be the strangest person you will ever meet.
Pam Murphy's brilliant and hilarious one-woman show, Pam Murphy Like Me, has her juggling a mishmash of oddball characters the likes of which you may find at your local Starbucks or the Betty Ford Clinic.
We've all seen these losers before: the naive wife who's always in denial about her cheating husband or the pathetic, 40-year-old guy lurking outside the 7-Eleven, who just can't let high school go. Murphy deftly plays them and a half-dozen others with rich humor, a tinge of darkness and a relatable realism that sucks us in to her schizophrenic world.
Her characters initially seem normal but soon let their neuroses bleed through. "I think there's the person we really are and then the person we try to present as ourselves," Murphy says. "These characters can't hide who they are, and most of them want to be liked or loved."
There are video clips interspersed throughout the show, with one featuring Murphy as a Stepford Wife figure celebrating the joys of crafting while slowly crumbling into a deranged mess. We laugh the loudest when her characters are at their lowest. And that makes us like Pam even more."