THE SHOW "Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous"
WHEN|WHERE Premieres Thursday at 10:30 on MTV
Tom Wilson) are worried, but not Zach, who embellishes certain aspects of his daily post-high-school existence to make them more palatable to a celebrity-obsessed culture.
MY SAY Burnham is an extremely funny and talented dude -- as millions of fans who obsessed over his prolific YouTube music-comedy output over the past few years would attest. But can this type of personality -- hyperkinetic, scatological, verbally volcanic -- comfortably fit into the tightly structured, time-tested fixture of TV culture known as the "sitcom?"
The evidence presented here indicates an affirmative -- a too-polite way of saying that this is almost too clever, funny and ironic for MTV. "Zach" is both commentary and send-up of the ephemera that MTV and the Internet at large celebrate -- then instantly forget. It's a double-barreled blast at a celebrity culture that can create, for example, something like "The Show With Vinny." But there's a core gentleness here, too, and while Zach's frenetic attention span is extremely splintered, he still manages to be relatable.
BOTTOM LINE A winner