More than two years after the premiere of Danny McBride’s The Righteous Gemstones in 2019, fans have finally been treated to an all-new season. Viewers are now curious to know who the Lissons are in season 2, so let’s meet the cast.
The comedy landed on HBO and HBO Max yesterday (Sunday, 9 January). In the premiere, viewers received a bonus episode – the first episode was 50 minutes long as opposed to the usual half-hour.
The episodes will be released one at a time on a weekly basis, so let’s meet the cast of season 2, in particular the Lissons.
Who are the Lissons in The Righteous Gemstones?
The two-part premiere introduced us to the Lissons, who are a religious couple of a similar age to characters Amber and Jesse Gemstone. The Righteous Gemstones season 2 is adding four characters to the show, so let’s recap on the cast and delve into each new character.
Eric Andre as Lyle Lissons
Comedian Eric Andre plays rival performance preacher Lyle Lissons. The couple meet the Gemstone family and make them an investment proposal in the premiere of season 2. The guitar-playing Texan has a big ego and is certain to be a comedic hit with fans. You may recognise Andre from The Eric Andre Show or 2021’s hit film Bad Trip. He also played Mike on FXX series Man Seeking Woman and voiced Azizi in the recent remake of The Lion King.
Jessica Lowe as Lindy Lissons
Eric Andre’s right-hand woman is Jessica Lowe, who plays Lyle’s wife Lindy Lissons. Lyle and Lindy regularly entertain their congregation in Texas with a crazy rock show – much like the Gemstone’s legendary Sunday service. With a lot in common, the couple take a liking to Jesse and Amber Gemstone and make a business offer along with a budding friendship.
You may recognise Lowe from Wrecked, Miracle Workers, Bob’s Burgers, Central Park, Star Trek: Lower Decks and Blended.
The young Christian couple meet Jesse and Amber and form an instant connection. It seems they are keen to team up on a “brilliant” investment opportunity. The couple suggest to Jesse and Amber they partner up on a beachside Christian timeshare in Florida called Zion’s Landing. The couple say yes before seeing the property. However, Eli objects to the proposal and isn’t convinced by the Lissons’ true intentions. He attempts to embarrass Jesse in front of the Lissons family.
Meet season 2 cast
Show creator Danny McBride stars in season 2 as he joins the pop Christian family. Adam DeVine, Edi Patterson and John Goodman also make an appearance.
Along with the recurring actors who play the Gemstone family, we will see Walton Goggins, Tony Cavalero, Cassidy Freeman, Tim Baltz, Skyler Gisondo and Greg Alan Williams also return to the show.
Jason Schwartzman will also join the cast for season 2, playing menacing journalist Thaniel. He tells Eli he’s writing an article about one of the members of the Gemstone family and that certainly doesn’t go down well. Eric Roberts also joins the cast as Junior. He crops up in a flashback during episode 1 and is a childhood friend of Eli’s from Memphis.