Friday, October 14, 2011

Thoughts on Beavis & Butthead Redux



The Twittersphere was buzzing with talk of Mike Judge's Beavis and Butthead 2011 redux. I always thought the brilliance of the show was in the commentary on the music videos, which, unfortunately weren't included in the tapes. It appears that reality TV is the new comedic fodder. New episodes are slated for 27 October on MTV.

Personally, I'd like to see Mike Judge and the boys get more political. Sure, there's low hanging fruit like Julian ASSange, but Occupy Wall Street, Obama, the Tea Partiers, etc., could be hilarious and subversive in the hands of deft writers. The format is perfect for sharp cultural critique and its intertextuality can go further than other animated shows that hold up a societal mirror, such as Family Guy and South Park, as well as the character satire of Stephen Colbert. Airing on MTV may preclude an overly political bent, but it would be interesting to see the show land some blows in a way that's more subtle than the all-too-common shock and awe approach to comedy. Seeing the world through the lens of "idiots" offers more subtle humor than characters that derive comedy from pushing the envelope like so much Sarah Silverman.

Twitterversion:: [blog+video] Thoughts on the Beavis and Butthead redux set for 27 Oct. 

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