Monday, October 19, 2009
Comedy Challenge: Secret Girlfriend
Now and then, I will be challenged to view something that our world puts out that is presented as funny, but is most likely horrifically unfunny, and live to write about it.
Here now is a show that you won't like even if it is the sort of thing you like.
Secret Girlfriend on Comedy Central has a concept of this: you, the viewer, are presented as a character in the show in which your two loser friends (Sam and Phil) help you try to get away from your current girlfriend and on to a girlfriend on the side.
This was originally a show on the Internet (from Atomic Wedgie TV) and it certainly shows it, with the episodes consisting of two 15-minute episodes within and probably the lowest production value of any show on Comedy Central.
So, where does the humor in this show come in? It makes attempts with your loser friends being dumb and doing dumb things but they aren't "funny" dumb, just "dumb" dumb. For instance, in one episode, Sam, never having a wet dream in his life but wanting to have one, decides the best course of action would be not to masturbate or Interact with women so he can have a wet dream. He eventually has a wet dream, and of course, it's at a party, which everyone films with their phones. Fat guy having a wet dream. There's your comedy.
For women, certainly this is not a show for you. Even if you are a lesbian. The women are portrayed as all hot and dumb as a lukewarm glass of tap water. Women are shown as easily wooed by men with cute dogs or strip naked to signs that say "Nude Beach" hastily tacked up to public pools and so on and so forth. If you have a boyfriend and see him watching this, watch it with him, and see how quickly you start hitting him.
For men, I don't know if this is a show for you. Clearly it's aiming for someone who liked The Man Show, but that show had at slightly more nuance and much greater production values. This doesn't have anything appealing for such types except half-naked women. In this day in age, when you can go on the Internet and the other half of the naked women, putting things here and there, why watch something that is not the full experience? This show features no nipples and even the swearing is bleeped out, so why bother?
Overall, it's a show that is insulting to women, not satisfying to women who might like a show that is insulting to women, and perhaps an ominous portent for future comedy program in a recession, where the cheapest is appealing, even if it isn't funny.