Quarantine viral video: the Community charity table-read

Community, which as I pointed out in a recent podcast is one of those comedy shows you have to watch if you haven’t already (it’s on Netflix), might have ended a while ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s faded from the minds of either its fans or its cast and crew.

This evening at 10pm UK time (2 pm PT), in another one of the charity table read-throughs that we’re getting from the US during lockdown, the cast and crew will unite (via Zoom, of course) for a table read of the fifth season episode Cooperative Polygraphy on the Community YouTube channel. Yep, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong and even Donald “Star Wars: Solo” Glover will be there, as will series creator Dan Harmon.

The biggest fans will recall, of course, that that episode featured Walton Googins as well. He can’t make it so they’ve got Pedro Pascal – the star of The Mandalorian (and Narcos and the forthcoming Wonder Woman 1984) – to take his helmet off and read his part onstead.

While you’re waiting for that, you can always make a donation or listen to The Darkest Timeline, which is a podcast run by Ken Jeong and Joel McHale for Community fans. This one features Danny Pudi



And here’s the read through itself, followed by the Q&A that followed – enjoy!


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.