Salon video exclusive: Check out Allison Tolman's guest star turn on truTV's "I'm Sorry"

In this exclusive clip, see why we should be careful when we ask if there's "anything we can do"

By Melanie McFarland

TV Critic

Published July 25, 2017 7:59AM (EDT)

Allison Tolman in "I'm Sorry"   (TruTv)
Allison Tolman in "I'm Sorry" (TruTv)

Andrea Warren’s mouth is a constant source of trouble. Regardless of the solemnity of the situation or the sensitivity of her audience, the working mother and comedy writer almost always finds a way to inject a healthy dose of awkward. And this incurable condition makes truTV’s “I’m Sorry” one of summer’s funniest new comedies.

“I’m Sorry” follows Andrea as she creates new everyday adventures alongside her patient husband Mike (Tom Everett Scott) and their curious young daughter Amelia (Olive Petrucci), who loves to ask questions that can silence rooms filled with chatty strangers.

Not surprisingly, Andrea closely resembles her creator Andrea Savage (“Veep,” “Episodes’), who mines her own experiences with motherhood and navigating the entertainment industry to make episodes of “I’m Sorry” feel uncomfortably relatable and realistic.

Produced by Savage, with Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer serving as executive producers, “I’m Sorry” draws its comedy from the absurdity of language – what people say, how it is received and how our words can bounce back on us. Every episode amounts to a weekly reunion of the sketch comedy and sitcom worlds: Jason Mantzoukas plays Andrea’s writing partner and fellow riffing machine Kyle, with Judy Greer as her pushy friend and Martin Mull and Kathy Baker as Andrea’s divorced parents.

And though the plot revolves around specific situations that Andrea haplessly follows to a happy result, the funniest turns come at the beginning, when she says something she soon comes to regret. Take this "Salon" video exclusive, for instance, in which Andrea comforts her friend Jennifer (played by “Fargo” star Allison Tolman) with the usual assurances of “If there’s anything I can do,” only to be confronted with a request to which the average person may rightly respond, “I’m sorry ... what?!”

New episodes of “I’m Sorry” air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on truTV.

By Melanie McFarland

Melanie McFarland is Salon's TV critic. Follow her on Twitter: @McTelevision

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