The stars of “Silicon Valley” don’t just lampoon startup culture in their hit HBO comedy. A new video from Wired proves the five comics can improvise in hilarious fashion with nothing to go on but tech company names. (Headphones! Language may not be SFW).
Actors Thomas Middleditch (Richard), T.J. Miller (Erlich), Kumail Nanjiani (Dinesh), Martin Starr (Gilfoyle), and Zach Woods (Jared) are all featured on the cover of the magazine — and in a feature about the “new comedy economy” — in time for the April 24 premiere of season three.
Provided nothing but the names of startups all valued at more than a billion dollars, the guys were asked to guess what each company does. For example, Nutanix, which makes IT infrastructure invisible with an enterprise cloud platform, is actually, in the mind of Middleditch, a fiber cereal that “keeps you reg.”
Klarna offers safe and easy-to-use payment solutions to e-stores, according to its website. But Woods says, “That’s just my aunt’s name.”
Wired itself takes a couple shots at the end as Woods calls the magazine a “GQ for the sexually unadventurous” and “like a Men’s Health for virgins.”
Watch the latest trailer for the return of the show and the drama surrounding their own startup, Pied Piper: