Skyler Gisondo’s latest comedy “The Binge,” streaming on Hulu Thursday, riffs on “The Purge” movies where everyone goes on a homicidal holiday.
With “The Binge,” high schoolers go wild for drugs and drink. A satire of clueless teens and movie violence, it also offers a God-like narrator who only sounds like Morgan Freeman.
Asked about starring in this spawn of “The Purge,” Gisondo, 24, laughed. “It’s so absurd I don’t know what you’d call it. An insane comedy?”
Griffin, a high school senior, is just the latest role in which Gisondo is a plucky everyman trying to do what’s right.
A native of Palm Beach, Fla., he began acting at 6. It was “Vacation,” a reboot of the National Lampoon Chevy Chase franchise starring Ed Helms, that launched Gisondo on his present path as the star of teen-oriented comedies.
That includes “Santa Clarita Diet,” his two-season horror comedy on Netflix with Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant.
Plucky Griffin in “The Binge” is “a quiet, dorky dude,” Gisondo said, “who never once had gone crazy to go party. He’s more concerned with grades and college in the future. He has been quietly, shamelessly in love with Lena (Grace Van Dien — yes! her dad is Casper Van Dien) his whole life but he’s never really had the courage to say anything to her.
“He relies on his best bud Hags (Dexter Darden) during this night to bring out the courage inside him. He’s our quiet hero.”
Pacing, Gisondo recognized, “was important here, to keep the foot on the gas pedal. In the course of a comedy like this, there’s a lot of room for improvisation. Like a tennis match of keeping the ball bouncing.”
Essential to keeping the ball airborne was Vince Vaughn’s insane gonzo principal.
“There’s improvisation and then there’s Vince Vaughn! I mean that guy — I worked with him before on ‘Four Christmases’ and I remember being at the table read, I was probably 12 years old, and Vince is just rapid fire.
“He’s still smart and quick and comes out at a rate and a pace that no one else does. It’s incredibly exciting to work with someone that way.
“But it’s never just him. He wants you to be in on it. So he will take you with him to this crazy new place. In a sense it is somewhat like a tennis match — except you’re both on the same team.”