It’s your favorite YouTube viral video meets The Daily Show, or perhaps a South Park version of The Office. SuperNews is a new half-hour animated sketch show on Current TV that features hilarious political, entertainment, and technology satire. It also has one of the best vocal impressions of Barack Obama that I have heard to date (although it’s hard to compete with Iman Crosson). President Obama is notoriously difficult to parody, but the show finds creative ways to poke fun at the White House and our contentious political climate, as in the sketch “Obama Hits the AIG Spot”:
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… is Jill Scott’s amazing figure. Is she gorgeous or what? I can’t stop marveling over how great she looks in those beautiful print dresses, a crown of thick natural hair floating above her multicolored scarves. It makes me realize how rare it is to see a full-figured black women represented with such dignity on the screen these days. In “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” Scott’s Detective Precious Ramotswe moves with grace, ease, and self-confidence. She’s not taking care of anybody’s babies, or inspiring white people to believe in their dreams.
In other words, she’s not her. Or her. Or him.
Maybe this is what Stanley Crouch had in mind when he wrote that Scott’s character “embodies Bessie Smith’s proud claim of being a big fat mama with the meat just a-shaking off her bones.” But I don’t think Crouch quite gets it. Mma Ramotswe doesn’t strike me as a blueswoman, though she can be as forthright, perceptive and as sensual as one. As a plus-size woman myself, I’m just delighted to watch “No. 1 Ladies” and know that there isn’t a role in this series that Tyler Perry is qualified to play.
The second season of “Flight of the Conchords” premieres on HBO this Sunday, January 18 at 10 pm! Woohoo!
My DV-R will be working overtime to catch new episodes of “24” and “Lost,” but I’m most excited about the deadpan hilarity of New Zealand’s “fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo” as they try to make it big in New York City.
Not familiar with the show? Bret McKenzie (pictured, left) is the thoughtful one, easy-going but prone to angry dancing. Jemaine Clement is more sociable, self-centered, and cynical with a deep Barry White singing voice. The duo’s appeal comes through the kind of observational humor and absurdity that makes mockumentaries like “This is Spinal Tap” endlessly enjoyable.
The comedy is built, of course, around the band’s Grammy Award-winning music. I can’t get enough of the uncomfortably honest love songs (“Business Time“), the music video geek-nip (“Robots” and “Frodo, Don’t Wear the Ring“) and anything by their rap alter-egos, “Hip-hopopotamus” and “Rhymenocerus.” (HBO’s “Lip Dub Fansterpiece” even invites fans to submit their own version of the band’s rap parody.)
Thanks to a four-hour flight to San Francisco this weekend, I got hooked on Bravo’s marathon of The Real Housewives of Atlanta! A few pearls of wisdom:
1. The affluent of Atlanta also feed their children microwavable “Gerber Graduates.” (Catch Lisa Wu Hartwell feeding her little one in Episode 7.) This observation alone soothes months of my own mommy guilt over not having the time, money, or energy to cook my daughter homemade, organic pureed baby food.
2. NeNe Leakes is awesome. According to Bravo’s online quiz, I’m a “Lisa” (which makes sense, given our common parenting skills) but I love NeNe’s sense of humor, surprising honesty, and willingness to reveal her vulnerabilities – and her other voluptuous gifts! – on camera.