One of the funniest new shows to premiere on television in quite some time, FX Channel’s What We Do In The Shadows premiered at SXSW 2019, where the crowd not only got a chance to watch the first episode, but were treated to a dialogue between the original 2005 film’s progenitors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clements.
The show follows four very different vampires – Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Laszlo (Matt Berry) and Colin (Mark Proksch) who are in a “flatting situation” in Staten Island, having been sent there by Baron Afanas to take over the United States. Things aren’t going so well, and they are afraid he’s going to kill them “again.”
Although original vampires Take Waititi and Jemaine Clements are not in this iteration of What We Do In The Shadows, they reassure us the actors are much better than they were and the show is hilarious. If the first episode is any indication, we and most of the audience at SXSW concur. Audible guffaws filled the theater, and laughter and discussion even followed as people exited the theater.