We said on a recent podcast that we found most attempts to recap or intensely review comedy shows to be slightly misguided, which is why we’ve never attempted it. And we’re going to continue that tradition here, simply because this show; this silly, odd, hilarious, slightly discomfiting show, really is the sort of thing you should come into cold.
Granted, that would be tough given how simple the concept is and how well known Amy Sedaris is for working this particular beat:
Actress and comedian Amy Sedaris cordially invites you into her home with the premiere of her new comedy series At Home with Amy Sedaris, which truTV announced today will premiere on Tuesday, October 24 at 10:30pm ET/PT. In this series co-created by Sedaris and Paul Dinello, Amy will show off her diverse but necessary homemaking skills. These skills range from creating popsicle stick buddies and gutting a fish to making raisin necklaces and entertaining businessmen. Each episode will revolve around a traditional theme, such as: entertaining the grieving, the craft of love making, and cooking without pots and pans. As always, Amy will use her unique expertise to entertain guests, demonstrate her know-how by preparing meals, and exhibit her can-do spirit by attempting to work out personal issues. Remember, if you want to be the perfect host, accentuate the positives, and medicate the negatives.
Throughout the 10-episode first season of At Home with Amy Sedaris, Amy will be joined by a cavalcade of guest stars including Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Cole Escola, Jane Krakowski, Heather Lawless, David Pasquesi, Sasheer Zamata, and many more.
We’re fans of Miss Amy but even we weren’t quite prepared for the weirdness of this show when we sat down to watch the first two episodes of it last night. We’ve seen her do her bad crafting and half-assed cooking show routines before, but never at this particular level of commitment. The energy is high, the jokes are rapid-fire, the show absolutely never goes quite in the direction you expect it to, and through it all, Amy Sedaris gives every inch of her shameless, hilarious self over to making you laugh or making you squirm.
You probably shouldn’t press play if you’re in mixed company, what with the usage of the word “pubis” and the violent fantasies popping up unexpectedly:
We’ve seen some reviews and articles that positioned this show as a response to Instagram influencer perfection, but that comes off as something of a projection to us, since this is all clearly modeled on the hilariously slapdash homemaker shows of her childhood in the ’60s and ’70s.
What’s slightly unexpected is how often it veers completely away from that format into something closer to an old-school variety show, except with a heavy dose of left-turn surrealism. Basically, it’s Pee-Wee’s Playhouse crossed with Julia Child with a little bit of Carol Burnett and a whole lot of weirdness thrown in.
We guarantee it’s not for everyone but we laughed more through that hour of episodes than we had at any other show recently. It’s good, twisted fun.
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