Broad Comedy Entertainment Serves Up Its First Hit With Waffle Hut

By September 10, 2012

It’s no secret that network television is out of touch with what viewers want to see. I’ll tell you right now, all my favorite shows are on cable or the Internet. It’s such an exciting time because just as the major networks seem to be dying out, independent production companies are stepping in and creating television we want to see.

Let’s take a look at Waffle Hut, the first official project from the new production company “Broad Comedy Entertainment.” “Broad Comedy Entertainment” is headed by writer/director William Butler and Waffle Hut stars Colleen Camp and Wendi McClendon-Covey. Broad Comedy’s first project, Waffle Hut goes back to a time where shows weren’t afraid to have a female dominant cast and of course is filled with a pedigree of comedic talent that promises to serve up tasty laughs every time. Let’s take a look, shall we?

You can meet the most interesting people in a rural small-town diner…

When Hope (Alli Kinzel) graduated from Brown University, she had big dreams of going to New York because as the song says, “if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere…” except she didn’t, and finds herself moving back to Traver, Ohio – her hometown and a small-town at that. Once home, she can’t find work anywhere except for one place:

Waffle Hut.

Waffle Hut‘s cast is like a “Who’s Who” of comedy and the characters they play are just as memorable as the diner itself.

Here’s Bridesmaids Wendi McClendon-Covey as Reba, the owner of Waffle Hut. Well meaning, she’ll tell you what she thinks YOU need to hear; even if you don’t wanna hear it. The look on her face says it all, really.

from left: Alli Kinzel, Melanie Hutsell, Beth Crosby

This strong female cast is filled with serious talents like Colleen Camp (Police Academy 2, Clue), Becky Thyre (The Oblongs, Weeds), Lin Shaye (Kingpin, Insidious), Maile Flanagan (Naruto), Melanie Hutsell (SNL), Beth Crosby (Jonas), Jack Plotnick (Drawn Together, Reno 911), Sam Pancake (Pretty: The Series, Arrested Development), Sean Whalen (Never Been Kissed, LOST), Drew Droege (Sarah Silverman Program, Reno 911), and SO MANY MORE, you know you’re in for a hoot.

Patrick Perlaky as Nick

Patrick Perlaky is making his television debut as Nick, the slow minded busboy who we will eventually find is actually not who he appears to be.

As this is his first big project, I asked Patrick what it’s like being on set with so many comedy veterans:

“This has been one of the best eye-opening career experiences of my life. I’ve only done a couple of things, and getting this on-hand experience has been so cool. I’m starting to see how things flow and how things work, I’m able to see how these actors study their script, how they prepare…and it’s an amazing thing to witness.”

Drew Droege as Teresa

And in a bit of twist casting, a male plays a female and I don’t mean “drag queen”; I’m talking a man playing a role meant for a woman as a woman without irony, and a woman (Maile Flanagan) was cast as the lovably mulleted, softball-playing Bulldog, a role originally written for a man. That’s pretty dang cool.

Check out these EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes videos!



After visiting the set and talking to some of the cast (who I’ve admired for years) about what we can expect and their experiences working for writer/director William Butler, one thing is for sure: everyone agrees emphatically that Butler is an actor’s dream and his sets are a safe, creative environment for them to try things out with their characters.

“It’s like the dream job, y’know; it’s unheard of. I definitely feel more freedom and more comfortable knowing that Billy (Butler) is confident enough in himself and in his work and who he has chosen to do the work that he trust us just as much as we trust him.” – Melanie Hutsell (Brenda the waitress).

“Broad Comedy Entertainment” is making TV that we WANT to see.

In the meantime, I think I’ma stay and get the Biscuits and Gravy.

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Cricket Lee
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