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Being Different Just Like Everyone Else

Comedy Central has announced that they are developing an animated cartoon called "JC" about Jesus Christ.  He wants to get out from under his dad's shadow and goes to live in NYC (may I suggest a job as the Knicks' coach?  They need all the miracles they can get).

Now, don't get me wrong.  It's not that I find this offensive.  I was listening to George Carlin albums when I was 12 (my dad does occasionally wonder what he was thinking, as they were his albums I was borrowing).  And just a cursory skim of my Stress Puppy strips reveals I enjoy a funny blasphemous cartoon.  The only Lobo comic I really enjoyed was Lobo's Back #2, which had some hilarious stuff about the Afterlife going on.  My buddy Chester and I could do some Monty Python bits exactly down to the second, and one of them was the painting of the Last Supper, which ranks up there with the Dead Parrot sketch and the Cheese Shop sketch.  So I don't let my faith get in the way of "funny."

But here's the thing..."funny."  Comedy Central is going to present this as a fish-out-of-water deal.  And all I can think is, "That's the best they can do?"  It just seems like such a limp concept.  You could swap Jesus out with anyone who basically had never experienced modern life before and it would run pretty much the same.

Comedy Central is usually best when they let the inmates run the asylum.  Parker and Stone's South Park, the original Man Show, the Joel years of MST3K, they succeeded because you had a bunch of people chasing their muse.  As CC got bigger, their shows became one-note (L'il Bush, Resident Of The United States).  It's like a Saturday Night Live sketch -- ooo, isn't this an edgy idea?  Well, not really.  And it takes more than an idea to make something creative work.  Look at Adult Swim, with shows like Assy McGee.  Ideas are nothing, execution is everything.

Maybe I'll check it out.  But given all the missed opportunities of their newest original shows, I'm not holding my breath.


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May. 7th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
Eh. If they really want to be edgy, they should do a comedy about Jesus and Allah becoming roommates, and watch how fast the car bombs will roll in.
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