Written By: Greg Fortier
Directed By: Brendan Walsh
Edited By: Bradley J. Ross
For some people, it’s hard being a person. Today’s Special is a comedy that
follows four ‘twenty-somethings,’ mired somewhere between college and careers, as they
try to make the transition from adolescence to, as they might put it, “real personhood.”
Due in part to their short attention-spans, addictive personalities, destructive tendencies,
and the general anarchy that comes with waiting tables for a living, this transition is an
epic struggle for Patrice, Jenna, Dan and Abe.
Patrice, a walking paradox, is constantly bursting at the seams with unfocused
energy, never content with the present state of things, but without a clue as to what might
truly satisfy him. Jenna, despite being sharp and savvy, is perpetually experiencing a
crisis of identity. Abe is earnest, emotional, trusting and honest to a fault. Dan, in stark
contrast, tends to regret just about everything he does, over-analyzing every word, and
premeditating every action.
At the heart of the show, Today’s Special is down-to-earth comedy with a modern
edge. It draws from classics and contemporaries-- finding inspiration in every day life as
Seinfeld did, extracting humor from the workplace like The Office, and embracing today’s
world a la Modern Family. When we put Patrice, Jenna, Abe, and Dan into the fast-paced,
unforgiving world of a New York City restaurant, face them with the crippling charge of
juggling everyday life, building careers, and finding themselves all at the same time, we
get Today’s Special.