BET’s The Rundown with Robin Thede is FANTASTIC! At last, an intelligent, funny show that covers what I care about as a black woman. A graduate of Northwestern University and former head writer of The Queen Latifah Show and The Nightly Show, Thede deftly navigates through stories about curvy meteorologists un-bothered by their haters, and how Ann Curry and Tamron Hall need to come back to NBC and “reclaim their time”. Even the pre-taped sketches are hysterical and relatable. Time Magazine named her “Hairmaid’s Tale” sketch as one of the top 10 funniest late night TV moments of 2017. Thede also brings a lens to subjects that get little to no coverage (see Cyntoia Brown). The Rundown is produced by comedian Chris Rock. I want this show to last a long time.
I was excited to see BET’s “The Comedy Get Down“. Until I saw it. I’m sorry but I dont see how this show is funny. I can’t blame the comedians who star in it because this is a “mostly” scripted series. Starring D.L. Hughley, Cedric “The Entertainer“, Eddie Griffin and the late Charlie Murphy, the show is supposed to focus on their antics off stage while they’re on tour. It’s supposed to explore their personal and professional relationships. The plots are ridiculous and the jokes fall flat. I don’t enjoy insult humor but it can work if writers know how to cleverly weave a joke into a situation and make it believable. Look at Kevin Hart’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood“‘s first season. The premise was that Kevin wanted to make sure everyone knew he was a big deal and deserved attention. All his friends were at the same level of fame except for Nick Cannon whom he loathed. This is what made the show work. It had a theme! The writers had something to work with! Charlie Murphy deserved better.
I’m loving Deja the foster child on NBC’s “This is Us”. Sterling K. Brown makes me care about everything his character Randall does and I love that a realistic light is being shown upon foster care. Actress Lyric Ross vividly brings an honest portrayal of Deja and what she is struggling through. I hope we will see more of her.
The Problem with Apu, a documentary by comedian Hari Kondabolu tackles the issue of how the long running Simpsons character perpetuates negative stereotypes and insults the Indian community. Kondabolu interviews Indian celebrities Aziz Ansari, Aparna Nancherla, and Kal Penn about the impact of the Apu character. In an early scene, we see Kondabolu performing at a comedy club; a heckler yells Apu’s catchphrase—“Thank you, come again”—after one of his jokes. “You’re the reason I do comedy, sir,” Kondabolu fires back. “You’re the reason I thought to myself, Nobody like us exists, except this cartoon character. Brown people didn’t just start talking about Apu”, Kondabolu said, “We’ve been saying shit for almost 3 decades & nobody heard us”. The Problem with Apu is airing on Tru TV. It’s worth your time.