Could it be that this time, after three false starts, Adam Scott has finally presented the honest-to-God Greatest Event in Television History? You’ll have to watch the special to see for yourself, but know this: It features Scott and Paul Rudd wearing history’s least convincing drag getups. And dancing around in towels and shaving cream. And running through the park to a classic Billy Joel tune – which, for a change, is actually sung by the real Billy Joel.
That’s right: Scott’s fourth Greatest Event special revolves around a frame-by-frame recreation of the opening credits sequence from the classic ’80s sitcom Bosom Buddies, which starred Peter Scolari and Tom Hanks as a pair of 20-something dudes who disguise themselves as ladies in order to score a “dirt-cheap” apartment in an all-women’s building.
This time around, Scott takes the Scolari role, while Rudd makes an excellent Hanks stand-in. And as always, the clip is stacked with a host of familiar faces – including Community’s Gillian Jacobs, Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant, and Joel himself, who’s only a little miffed when Rudd and Scott ask him to try imitating the Joel soundalike who sang “My Life” for the show’s original opener. Then there’s the guy the shoot hires as a Rudd replacement at one point – let’s just say you’ll recognize him as well.
Fast forward to the 9:20 mark if you just want to see the recreation – but if you’ve got the time, you should absolutely watch the “making-of” material that precedes it. It’s a lot shorter and tighter than the preambles to past Greatest Events, even if this one doesn’t happen to feature Amy Poehler or Jon Hamm.
And because you’re already feeling nostalgic, here’s the original: