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Sunday Show: Community

I don’t binge.

I’m not one of those types of people who will find a show on Netflix or HuluPlus and then watch years worth of episodes in a matter of days.

Well, mostly I’m not.David Tennant is the Tenth Doctor Who and one of his most famous episodes concerned him lecturing people from a television set. Here, he's warning people against binge watching television shows.

Okay. It turns out I am just that kind of obsessive person. I only needed to find the right show to trigger the urge to watch and keep watching until I can’t watch any more.

That show, dudes, is Community. It’s a half-hour ensemble comedy that takes place in the decidedly lesser-tier Greendale Community College and is one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen.

I managed to watch the first season in a matter of days and now I need more. I heartily recommend this to any dude or dudette over, say, 14. Not because there’s anything racy or profane, but only because younger than that and they wouldn’t get the jokes.

This is a comedy for adults, but not one that falls for the easy laugh based around defecatory functions or cheap titillation.

Here’s a clip.

Community‘s paintball war episode from the first season. Enjoy.

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Mr. Tudball Needs A New Secretary

Sometimes, there’s nothing funnier than watching a group of talented comedians wander off script and start cracking each other up.

Take, for instance, the little piece of history I’m about to show you dudes. Way, way, waaaaaaayyyy back in time, there was a very funny show called the Carol Burnett Show.

It was something of an odd duck, especially as seen through the lens of today’s showcase of talents. It was a variety show. Ms. Burnett, an astonishingly gifted comedian, worked with a steady troupe of funny men and woman (mostly Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence) to provide some truly inspired sketch comedy, but also showcased some singing and dancing acts.

One of the most fondly remembered sketches had to do with Tim Conway as a funny-talking Mr. Tudball and Carol Burnett as his lazy, not very smart and entitled secretary, Mrs. Whiggins, who always wore a long skirt that was much too tight.

Anyway, this sketch, which never actually aired on the Carol Burnett show, finally sheds light on why Mrs. Whiggins works for Mr. Tudball and why he puts up with her. Would it surprise anyone to know that Mr. Tudball is a henpecked husband who only hires Mrs. Whiggins because his wife told him to do so? No, I don’t think it would.

It’s a funny sketch on its own, but when Tim Conway starts ad libbing, he not only breaks up the audience and himself, but it leads to a situation where Burnett and Lawrence also get in on the act.

At one point, Conway is cracking up before Burnett has a chance to say her ad libbed joke because he knows what’s coming, but it’s still funny.

So there’s no big message attached to this, just a chance to see people who do their jobs very well and, in the process, make a whole lot of other people enjoy their lives just a little more.


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Dude Review: Book Of Mormon

The Book of Mormon stage musical is a hoot.

Well, it’s a hoot as long as you’ve got a relatively open mind, don’t mind some almost overused 13-letter expletives, poop humor, silly names, and a complete and total disregard for the sensitivities of various ethnicities or religions.

When I tell you Book of Mormon is by the creators of the South Park television show on Comedy Central, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, I think you might begin to understand why the play comes across like it does.

The big conceit behind South Park is a bunch of little grade-school kids running around Colorado, getting into very odd adventures and cursing. A lot. Ha, ha. Kids cursing. The thought being, I guess, that kids cursing is  transgressive and funny. In addition to the cursing kids, South Park also takes aim at various societal trends, religions, what have you, and gets into some seriously pointed satire.

So, take an episode of South Parkdrop the kids, remove the restrictions on cursing found even on cable channels, plug in some very catchy musical numbers and make the focus on Mormonism, the fastest-growing “religion” in the world, add in a very basic fish-out-of-water scenario, stereotypes of Mormon missionaries and residents of Uganda,  add in some very catchy musical numbers and there you go. That’s Book of Mormon.

I went to the show with Zippy the College Boy and his sort-of date, Hyper Lad, my sister in-law the Crystal Cleaner, my in-laws and my wife, known to me as She Who Must Be Smokin’ Hot In Her Going-Out-To-A-Play Dress, and we all enjoyed ourselves a great deal.

Yeah, there was a lot of nervous laughter at some of the more risqué jokes, and I overheard more than one person express disbelief that this play would or even could be put on in button-down Charlotte, North Carolina.

The show definitely isn’t for the younger dudes and dudettes, for the most part. And it’s certainly not for those who are easily shocked by profanity, vulgar situations, harsh stereotypes or people mercilessly mocking religion.

Other than that, though, you’re good.

The show concerns Elder Price, a hotshot young Mormon kid from whom much is expected as he leaves missionary training and heads out into the wilds to convert the heathens. He wants to go to Orlando, but ends up in Uganda, along with another missionary, Elder Cunningham, who might be the most unsuitable missionary in the world.

Elder Price’s massive ego convinces him he’ll land in Uganda and immediately do something “incredible,” because he’s incredible. Elder Cunningham, who hasn’t actually read the Book of Mormon, is mostly along to have a captive best friend and spread the gospel according to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

Hilarity ensues.

Although, yes, there is plenty of cursing and some significantly different interpretations of Mormonism founder Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and the Jesus character, the play actually ends up being a celebration of the good bits about religion.

If you parents get a chance to see the show (It’s touring the country, but most performances tend to be sold out, so act quickly.), you really should go. It’s not for the young dudes and dudettes, mostly because of all the swearing and the fact that most young dudes and dudettes are like parrots in that they play back mostly the stuff you don’t want them to hear, but it’s a great night out for parents.

Not only will you find yourself humming the tunes, but it can provide fodder for a great after-play discussion.

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