The new Zach Galifianakis show Baskets, which just premiered on FX in January, is set in our very own Bakersfield, California. The show stars Galifianakis in dual roles as Chip Baskets, a failed professional clown, and Dale, his twin brother, as well as Louie Anderson, who plays their mother, and Martha Kelly, Chip’s only friend.
After trying to make it as a clown in France, Chip Baskets returns to his hometown of Bakersfield, where he finds he’s miserable in the arid, dry climate of Southern California. The show often portrays the city as a desert wasteland, but it isn’t all bad—that’s mostly Chip’s perspective. Chip is on his way to finding happiness in Bakersfield; he even gets a job as a rodeo clown.
So it’s not the most flattering portrayal—apparently all there is to do here in Bakersfield is hang out at the gas station or Arby’s—but it’s definitely entertaining to see a dramatized version of our city on TV and poke fun at it a bit. Check out Baskets on FX if you haven’t yet!