, main character Ed Stevens
) buys the local bowling alley Stuckeybowl
when he moves back home to Stuckeyville
. Employed at Stuckeybowl
are Phil Stubbs
(Michael Ian Black
), Shirley (Rachel Cronin
), and Kenny (Mike Starr
), all three of whom are quite eccentric, as Ed
In nearly every episode, Phil
enacts some scheme either to endeavour to make more money (for himself or the bowling alley), or to annoy the hell out of Ed
. From his "Happy Days
" bowling night, where the promised actual cast of the show was instead a group of bad impressionists, to his failed attempts at an open-mike night at the bowling alley, to "extreme bowling," Phil
takes stupidity and hilarity to a new level.
As Shirley, Rachel Cronin
is also quite hilarious, with her simple, direct delivery of lines and her own subdued sense of humor. Mike Starr
is just as amusing, in his own dead-pan and unconventional style.
In one episode (1.25, Mind Over Matter
lobbies for landmark status for Stuckeybowl
. He is worried that the bowling alley might not last longer than him, and wants it to remain a public recreational center forever. He finally succeeds, and Stuckeybowl
now holds landmark status.