The Grace Helbig Show

The Grace Helbig Show is kind of what you get when you cross The Pete Holmes Show with Pee Wee's Playhouse.

Like the late lamented Pete Holmes Show, it's built around a strong comedic personality and tries to imbue its conversations with celebrities and guests with a goofy authenticity.

And like Pee Wee's Playhouse, it takes place in and around a fake house with a lot of goofy shit on the walls. It's quirky, approaching a fault asymptotically.

The premiere's roughest segment is the interview with Aisha Tyler, which is full of good stuff but is also shot with the same single camera that follows the action through most of the show. So all the edits are obvious, and it's a bit jarring because the interview doesn't get much room to breathe between bits.

The best parts were the interactions with friend and fellow comedian Mamrie Hart. The two of them play off each other in an incredibly natural way as they watch goofy web videos and don't even pretend to try not to laugh to avoid taking a drink.

The other major segment featured the creation of the show's theme song, featuring someone I was absolutely convinced was a comedian playing a character until I looked it up and it turns out it's an actual German DJ named Flula Borg who is either nuts or good at playing nuts.

I'll be interested to see what the show looks like in about three months, after everything shakes out, bits settle, and everyone involved figures out how to make a TV show every week. But it's already really funny, so they're off to a good start.