Where can you drink liquid shrimp and sip champagne out of test tubes at a party where a megastar like Kid Rock is the poorest person in the room? The fantasy land that is Silicon Valley, home to the tech industry’s beating heart, and the insatiable nerds who flock there in search of millions in start-up money. That’s the subjects of Mike Judge’s latest show, Silicon Valley, and now HBO has made the first episode available to stream on YouTube following its premiere Sunday night. Indeed, Kid Rock shows up in the opening moments to perform for a handful of uninterested techies – “Fuck these people,” he mutters after nobody makes any noise – and Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt even makes a cameo.
Silicon Valley stars Thomas Middleditch as a programmer named Richard, while the rest of his crew is filled out by Josh Brener as his best friend, Big Head, Kumail Nanjiani as Dinesh, Martin Starr as Gilfoyle and T.J. Miller as Erlich. The show was written, directed and executive produced by comedy veteran Alec Berg (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm). The eight-episode first season will feature four directed by Judge, two directed by Berg, and one apiece from Tricia Brock (Breaking Bad, Girls) and Maggie Carey (The To-Do List).