LA Weekly Recommends Tales of a JD!
You can't spell "catharsis" without "har," and in Tales of a Juvenile Delinquent, actor-comedian Pam Murphy — who's appeared on a slew of television shows, from Adam Ruins Everything to Conan — recounts her angsty teenage misdeeds in a way that makes it OK to laugh. By the time she was sweet 16, Pam had been busted multiple times, been strip-searched, hid a couple of ounces of coke from the cops, had guns drawn on her, was detrimentally boisterous and rowdy, and survived the violence of being a passenger in a gnarly drunk-driving accident. The show is directed by Brian Finkelstein — but seriously, who would have ever dreamed that Pam Murphy could be directed by anyone?
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."
Pam Murphy Like Me Written up in LA Weekly
"She's a Character"
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."
Introducing Pam & Sue, Your New Favorite Comedy Duo