Jon Hamm is great at playing mad men. Yes, there's his legendary turn as Don Draper, the guy who makes a misogynistic, alcoholic advertising executive seem alluring, on a show literally called Mad Men. But there’s also his stint as the unstable, hyperbolic, and emotionally abusive cult leader Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne in Netflix’s off-kilter comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Now to compare Don Draper and Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne may seem unconventional, it’s not. Both men are powerful, manipulative, and more often than not, deem women as objects to possess and control. And Hamm's ability to execute both: one in a drama, and the other in a comedy, is why he is, without a doubt, the best part of Kimmy Schmidt. His dedication to the larger- and weirder-than-life role is what makes scenes on the show stand out. It’s his greatest endowment! Well, that and — okay, I won’t get into it right now.
If you’ve been keeping up with Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), then you know that she is the lovably naive protagonist of the series, and that the reverend is very much the antagonist. But I’m going to go ahead and say what we’re all thinking: He is for sure the best part of the series, hands down. The minor character is definitely insane, and Hamm taps into the reverend's maniacal psyche perfectly.