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'The Righteous Gemstones' Takes Aim At Megachurch Millionaires

In the HBO comedy created by and starring Danny McBride, a powerful preacher and his adult children are very poor examples to their flock.
Adam Devine, John Goodman and Danny McBride are all members of the family megachurch business in HBO's The Righteous Gemstones. Source: Fred Norris

There are comedy creators whose sensibilities are darker than Danny McBride's. There are some whose satire is sharper, some whose characterizations are weaker, some whose sense of the moment is more or less developed. But there is no one more convinced than Danny McBride of the raw, unstoppable comedic power of male nudity — both frontal and rear.

McBride is the creator of the new HBO comedy . He has a track record at the network, for which he and . McBride's fondness for sniffing out the comedy in terrible people continues in , which follows the greedy and fraudulent family headed by megachurch pastor Eli Gemstone (John Goodman). Eli's sons Jesse (McBride) and Kelvin (Adam Devine) and his daughter Judy (Edi Patterson) help run the empire along with Jesse's wife Amber (Cassidy Freeman).

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