Brett Gelman in Stranger Things

The cast of Stranger Things has already gained some new members to join everyone who survived the first season of The Duffer Brothers sci-fi horror series on Netflix. Sean Astin and Paul Reiser were recently added to the cast of the second season of the show, and now one more key player will be joining them.

Comedian Brett Gelman will be taking a role in Stranger Things season two, and the character he’s playing couldn’t be more perfect for him. Find out more about casting after the jump.

The Hollywood Reporter has word on the addition Brett Gelman in Stranger Things season two, and they reveal that he’ll be playing a man named Murray Bauman, described as “a disgraced journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist who is investigating a cold case in Hawkins.” As a conspiracy theorist, if his investigation led him to some of the shady dealings of The Department of Energy in Hawkins, I’m sure that would absolutely blow his mind.

This sounds like a character that can make use of Gelman’s unique comedic sensibilities. Gelman has a gift for playing things so genuinely that you’re not sure whether or not he’s joking sometimes. He’s been a staple of Adult Swim for years, though he just recently departed the late night offshoot of Cartoon Network due to the recent revelation of misogynistic hiring principles that have limited the number of female creators. If you never saw his work over there, this is one of my favorites:

You’d also do well to watch his excellent Broadway parody 1000 Cats over here. But you’ve likely also seen Gelman pop up at some point on some of your favorite TV shows since he’s guest starred on countless sitcoms over the years. Gelman’s gift for this kind of comedy makes him a valuable asset because his authenticity in his outlandish comedy means he’s also just a good actor. It’ll definitely be interesting to see how key his role is in the second season of Stranger Things.

Gelman joins a cast that also includes new cast members Linnea Berthelsen, Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery, as well as returning cast members Millie Bobby Brown (aka Eleven), Finn Wolfhard (Mike), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Natalia Dyer (Nancy), Charlie Heaton (Jonathan), Cara Buono (Karen) and Matthew Modine as Martin Brenner. In addition, Joe Kerry (Steve Harrington) and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) have been upped to series regulars.

Details are still sparse on what to expect in Stranger Things season two, but it will still be set in Hawkins and catches up with the town shortly after the horrific events of the first season. Stay tuned for any other information that surfaces.

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