Sunday, February 17, 2008
(10:19 AM) | Adam Kotsko:
Mr. Show, season 3Out of a misguided desire for consistency, I am continuing to watch Mr. Show via Netflix. Season 3 seems to me to be much better than either of the first two seasons, but still really uneven. I think part of that stems from their fascination with mocking the customary ways of acting on television: in sitcoms, on the news, etc. There's only so far that can take you -- at a certain point, perfectly "nailing" lameness collapses back into being directly lame. (It's similar to the evolution of the racial humor on Family Guy: at first, it was ironically referring to racism, but now it's just plain racist.)
I wonder if part of the problem is simply the inherent limitation of the genre of sketch comedy. Many of us revere Kids in the Hall, for instance, but I recently watched a few episodes and found it to be pretty uneven -- in places, even more plodding than a bad Mr. Show sketch. Perhaps Monty Python's Flying Circus is the exception to this general rule, but I may only think that because it's been a while since I've actually watched any episodes.
At the very least, though, Mr. Show doesn't fall into the SNL trap of actors breaking character to laugh (or suppress laughter).