“Who’s that girl? (Who’s that girl?)” It’s not Jess (Zooey Deschanel) but rather Muriel Rosenberg. If you watch New Girl and wondered what the sitcom would be like without some hipster adorkable girl playing the lead, but rather a cranky senior citizen… wonder no more. New York sketch comedy group Paulilu produced a wonderfully charming parody of the hit FOX comedy with that very scenario.
Played by Helen Slayton-Hughes, the old version of Jess spews off age-appropriate pop culture references like silent film stars (Rudolph Valentino) or vintage mystery programs (Murder She Wrote). The Schmidt in the clip is bang-on with the mannerisms of original one on the show. Speaking of bang, the Schmidt in the Old Girl clip gets a bit of “schimdt” on a lucky girl’s face ;)
One of my favorite parts of the clip is when Muriel’s BFF Zelda who has bowel issues comes over. The visual of Zelda hurrying to the bathroom is hilarious. The funniest part of the clip is that I can actually see this being a sitcom. Quickly, network execs. Start working on development stat. Watch the Old Girl parody below.