When my wife bought me the six seasons of Community I secretly wondered if she was trying to kill me–because I’d laughed so hard watching episodes of the show before I frequently thought I was going to pass out.  I hadn’t seen an episode when I watched their big panel at Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con in 2012, but since became a fan.  “Six seasons and a movie” was their mantra, and they almost made it.  We’ve seen no sign of a movie yet, especially with the success of Donald Glover (Solo: A Star Wars Story, Spider-Man: Homecoming), and ongoing rise in the careers and clashing schedules of Alison Brie (GLOW, BoJack Horseman), Ken Jeong (Magnum, PI, Scoob!), Jim Rash (The Descendants, Harley Quinn), Yvette Nicole Brown (Avengers: Endgame, Mom), Joel McHale (The X-Files, Stargirl), Gillian Jacobs (Love, Come Play), and Danny Pudi (Powerless, The Argument).  But then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and now many of our favorite creators and performers are bringing a full-on assault against isolation via podcasts and other online videos.  And it’s not a movie, but it is a welcome surprise: A table read of a classic episode of Community with the main cast is coming your way–with The Mandalorian himself, Pedro Pascal, as a guest.

Thanks to Sony and Dean Pelton (Oscar-winning writer and actor Jim Rash) and Ken Jeong and Joel McHale’s The Darkest Timeline podcast, to benefit COVID-19 relief efforts, fans of the series will be able to watch a table read by the cast in-character Monday, May 18, 2020, at 4 p.m. Central time at the Sony Pictures Entertainment Community YouTube page.  The fun begins with the below video, an afterword of sorts, a Zoom call with all the above cast members and show creator Dan Harmon just chatting about the series and each other, recorded after the table read of the third episode of season five, “Cooperative Polygraphy.”

Check out some of our coverage, both mine here and Jason McClain’s here, over the years of Community at borg.

While you’re waiting for Monday, Community‘s six seasons are all streaming now on Netflix, and check out this Community cast table read with guest Fred Willard from more than five years ago…

Tune in to ten episodes of Ken Jeong and Joel McHale’s podcast The Darkest Timeline at YouTube here, and the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube channel here Monday for the Community table read.

C.J. Bunce
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