“Best in Show” Director Brings “Mascots” to Life

Jamie Lee Curtis’ talented husband, Christopher Guest is one of my favorite comedy film makers of all time. He’s a visionary, especially in the fine art of mockumentary. He is perhaps best known for This is Spinal Tap–directed by Rob Reiner, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind. But his body of work more than speaks for itself.

Premiering on Netflix on October 13, 2016, Mascots is another mockumentary comedy from Christopher Guest focusing on a competition. Sports mascots will compete for the World Mascot Association Championship‘s Gold Fluffy Award. The premise and cast seem brilliant as always, with the regular Christopher Guest ensemble of Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Parker Posey, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard and Ed Begley Jr. being joined by some newcomers like the hilarious Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd and the sadly cancelled Guest series Family Tree) and Zach Woods (Silicon Valley).

Based on the trailer, we may be looking at some character cross-overs from Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show as well, which would be a welcome surprise. Netflix gives Christopher Guest an opportunity to play in his sandbox of quirky and hilarious characters without the burden of wrangling a wide-release motion picture–and that could mean phenomenal things for Mascots.

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