‘Big Bang Theory’: Jim Parsons is a comedy genius

I’m mostly a drama girl. I’d say my drama to comedy ratio on my season pass list is about 8 to 1.

It’s not that I’m opposed to laffers, it’s just that so few of them meet my standard of, you know, elicting laughs. But CBS’ “Big Bang Theory” can always be counted on for its laugh-out-loud moments.

I was a little wary before watching last night’s second season opener because more than one show I’ve liked in the past has suffered from a serious sophomore slump. But I’m happy to report that Sheldon and the boys are back with, well, a bang.

SheldonThe series really comes to life when Jim Parsons’ Sheldon is onscreen. As my colleague Brian Cochrane put it, he’s the comedic particle that gives the “Big Bang” atom its positve charge. He had several great moments last night: The laundry room scene; counting catwomen, then X-Men mutants; trying to control his ticks while keeping Penny’s secret; spilling the beans after Wolowitz drugged him.

The cast of the Chuck Lorre/Bill Prady sitcom is strong across the board. Johhny Galecki as Leonard and Kaley Cuoco as Penny have a great chemistry and Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are perfectly cast as sidekicks Wolowitz and Rajnesh. That bit where those two tried to guess what Leonard had done to push Sheldon over the edge cracked me up: “What did you do? Cook with cilantro? Touch the thermostat? Pronounce the ‘t’ in often? Say somthing negative about trains?” But what really made that funny was that you believe everything on that list would annoy Sheldon, because Parsons has done such a fantastic job of creating this character as a neurotic, socially inept genius.

Why did it take so long for this kid to land on a hit show?

By the way, if you want a shirt-folder like Sheldon’s, check eBay!

— Kathy Lyford

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