Sept. 12, 2019 By Staff Report
The Sunnyside Post has learned new details about Kal Penn’s leading role in NBC’s upcoming comedy series, “Sunnyside,” scheduled to premiere Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 p.m.
The information – which was delivered to the Sunnyside Post by NBC – reveals that Penn will be portraying Garrett Modi, a disgraced former New York City Council Member who represented Sunnyside, Queens for more than 14 years.
Modi, who was elected on the show in 2004, was on track to finish his fourth term in public office when he was arrested on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway for public intoxication and attempting to bribe an NYPD officer. The officer’s body and dashboard cameras recorded the incident on video, which was uploaded to YouTube where it then went viral.
The upcoming pilot episode for “Sunnyside” picks up after the City Council had unanimously voted to remove Modi from power, and opens in his former office at City Hall where a newly-elected representative has started to move in.
The Sunnyside Post has also learned the type of public official Modi had been prior to his unceremonious exit.
“[H]e was rubbing elbows with the political elite, attending star-studded parties and was the pride of Queens,” NBC said. “But instead of spending his time in office helping the people that got him elected, he lost his way amidst the power and glamour of politics.”
After being removed from public office and losing his only source of income, Penn’s character decides to move in with his sister – played by Kiran Deol – who resides in Sunnyside. It is in this diverse neighborhood of Queens that Modi is discovered and hired by a group of immigrants who are seeking his help in order to become American citizens.
The culturally diverse ensemble of actors brings “Sunnyside” to life. The cast, consisting of mostly stand-up comedians, includes Joel Kim Booster, Diana Maria Riva, Kiran Deol, Poppy Liu, Moses Storm and Samba Schutte.
“Sunnyside” is co-written and co-created by Kal Penn (“Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” “How I Met Your Mother”) and Matt Murray (“Saturday Night Live,” “The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”).
Michael Schur (“The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Parks and Recreation”), Dan Spilo and David Miner (“The Good Place,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “30 Rock”) serve with Penn and Murray as executive producers.
The show will air as part of NBC’s iconic Thursday-night comedy block, home of legacy shows such as “Cheers,” “Seinfeld” and “Friends.”
“Sunnyside” premieres on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 9:30 p.m. Readers can learn more about the show by visiting www.nbc.com/sunnyside