‘Happy!’: Patton Oswalt and Christopher Meloni’s R-Rated Skype Sessions Enabled The Year’s Weirdest Buddy Comedy Series

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‘Happy!’: Patton Oswalt and Christopher Meloni’s R-Rated Skype Sessions Enabled The Year’s Weirdest Buddy Comedy Series
Patton Oswalt defines the protagonist in Syfy’s new comedic thriller “Happy!” by referencing a classic buddy picture. “Remember in ‘Midnight Run,’ when Charles Grodin is telling DeNiro, ‘the reason you have an ulcer is that you have two modes of expression: Silence and rage’? That’s Nick Sax,” Oswalt told co-star Christopher Meloni, who plays the lead character. “It’s either glowering silence and then just explosive and it’s hilarious.”

It’s not a bad way to sum up the relationship between Meloni’s and Oswalt’s chatacters in “Happy!”, which premieres this Wednesday. But here’s the big difference: Rather than playing somewhat sane humans, Meloni stars as incredibly unstable private investigator Nick Sax, and Oswalt is the voice of Happy, a CGI flying unicorn who is either a figment of Nick’s imagination or the manifestation of a little girl’s imaginary friend.

Either way, only Nick can see Happy,
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