Jun 5, 2009

Tosh.0 Review

Comedy Central seems to be creating a growing trend of taking their most unique comedians (Dave Chappelle, Carlos Mencia, David Alan Grier, Demetri Martin, and now Daniel Tosh) and giving them their own television show. Well I've been a fan of Daniel Tosh for years now, being a faithful watcher of both of his Comedy Central standup specials whenever I see them on. Some of my friends know me to be one of Tosh's biggest praisers, so knowing that he finally got his own television show made me incredibly happy for him. When I saw what the premise for the show, I was still happy for him because he would be likely getting some good paydays and recognition before the show is canceled. So many shows have tried the viewer send-in clip show format and few of them have been any good. America's Funniest Home Videos was great when I was a kid, because Bob Saget is funny when he's toward cute, innocent little kids. The Soup, not a fan. G4's Web Soup, on its third attempt. It's just a rough niche genre. But my love for Tosh has driven me to see this show.

Upon the show’s opening, I was hanging my head in shame. The nice guy stare into the camera with the cocky smirk made Daniel Tosh resemble The Soup’s Joel McHale. The backdrop was just awful – a generic night sky, not resembling Tosh’s racy style of humor or personality in the least. The only thing remotely redeeming that struck me was the overly casual attire of Tosh, but obviously it’s not the clothes that make the show, but the show that makes the clothes, or something.

We’re launched into the action, fed like baby birds a shower of youtube videos. You quickly find yourself trying to brace yourself for the next video, while digesting the last, but you really don’t get much time for either. And here’s why youtube videos are a poor material source to steal from, other than the obvious probable lack of payment toward the performers, is the pixilated, poor visual quality of all the videos. And yet, all these problems aside, there were some gems on the show that I wouldn’t have found on the internet myself. Among these are coconut smashing and elephant butt-digging. However some videos sorely needed a hard hitting joke, such as the bikini contest highlighting one overly dressed pasty white girl, surrounded by scantily clad tan supermodels. What we got instead of a solid punch line, were a flurry of so-so jokes, but at least they were trying to take advantage of what they can get away with on Comedy Central as opposed to another network.

Daniel Tosh becomes the Bizarro Tosh of his standup character, giving the viewers a feel good moment with a segment titled Web Redemption. This week on Web Redemption was a lengthy and tiresome interview with Afro Ninja, who became infamous for failing a backflip at an audition, but when Afro Ninja completes the backflip on Tosh.0, based off of the production of the segment alone, if you don’t feel great than you have a soul as black as night. Tosh even gets in on the going while it’s good by performing an assisted backflip of his own. He’s like a super hero!

We move on to two great ideas, which both were great on the drawing board and great in delivery – The Prank of the Week, which can really draw in some fan interaction and make people local heroes while giving me some Schadenfreude laughs, and the Cinnamon Challenge, which Tosh was brave enough to try himself, and fail just as hard. Big el oh el.

On the opposite hand, Daniel Tosh had two “celebrities” in terms of nerds on as his guests – comedian Dave Attell and porn star Bree Olsen. The video put on TV was massively censored, for the most part unfunny beyond the first ten seconds, and oddly, cut short. Ending the video, it was like a M. Night Shyamalan twist ending, and just as poor, that the whole thing was meant to publicize Comedy Central’s website for Tosh.0, where you can see the longer, unedited, and SLIGHTLY less censored version. Seems like a great partnership between the internet and television.

Before ending the show, we’re sent out on one positive note and one negative. The positive – Most Unfortunate Domain Name. The negative – revealing that the entire show was filmed on a small green screen. Way to destroy the viewer’s imagination. Overall, you shouldn’t feel forced to tune in every week to see this show, because it seems like the type that will have its repeats shown in excess on Comedy Central once the season ends. But when the show is on, and you’ve got nothing better to do, give it a shot, as it does have some pretty worthy laughs.

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