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DVD TV Show Reviews
Comedy Central's TV Funhouse
by Suzanne 8/21/08
This show ran on the cable channel Comedy Central from
2000-20001. It is a spoof of a live kid's show, with a silly host that talks to
kids in the same way Mr. Rogers might. He has many animal friends that help him
on the show. Most of the time, though, the animals - which include two dogs, a
cat, a turtle, and a rooster - are sneaking out of the show to go do something
else. Usually it's something naughty, like going to Tijuana to visit a
whorehouse. This is not a kid's show. It is strictly for adults. It just makes
fun of kid's shows. Sometimes it's wickedly funny, sometimes it's gross, and
sometimes it's just worth a giggle.
The show combines live-action humans, puppets, real animals, animation, and
claymation. It's very clever that way. They will have a few puppet chickens next
to some real ones, or a real dog next to puppet dogs. It's just very funny and
worth watching unless you are the type that gets easily offended. Anyone who
likes shows like South Park or Howard Stern should love these episodes.
The man who did the show, Robert Smigel, has done many animated shorts on
Saturday Night Live. They are not included here. The show grew out of his
cartoons on SNL. The DVD has quite a few extras that are just as funny and crude
as the show. Unfortunately, there are only 8 episodes. It's a shame that there
weren't more. I guess it was just a little ahead of its time. Even the comments
on the DVD packaging are hilarious.
Thank you to Comedy Central for bringing these episodes out on DVD, for those of
us who missed them the first time around.
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