Saturday, March 12, 2005

Yes, But Do They Have Puppets? 

This caught my eye:
Their show, "Cheap Seats," which will broadcast the first original episode of its second season on ESPN Classic on Monday night, features the brothers as tour guides to some of the most ridiculous sports ever captured on camera. Picture Beavis and Butt-head as sarcastic twins riffing on competitive lumberjacking, and you have "Cheap Seats."
From Woody Allen's "What's Up Tiger Lily?" to "Beavis and Butt-head" to the Sci Fi Channel's cult series "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (known to fans as "MST3K"), this style of running-commentary humor has been used to poke fun at low production values, bad acting, obscure music videos and now, sports that are just a little ... off.

The debt is acknowledged in Monday night's episode, in which Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (the voices of Mike, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot from "MST3K") make special cameos, lobbing barbs at the Sklars like, "These guys are Smurfs, right?" and "Domo arigato, Mr. Sklarboto!" It starts to resemble a hall of mirrors, as Randy Sklar recognizes. "Yeah, it's like a giant M. C. Escher painting of commentary," he said. (emphasis added)

Well. I've never heard of it, but I suppose I'll give it a try. It's nice when people cop to ripping something off, but it's quite gracious beyond the call of duty to invite the originals over for tea.

Anyway, ESPN Classic, Monday night at 9.

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