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Did Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show go too far?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 9th 2009 5:00PM
Last night FOX aired Seth & Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show, and they're getting a little heat about it today. They re-enacted a scene from a Family Guy episode that made fun of deaf actress Marlee Matlin. Then they took it a step further and had Alex Borstein imitate Matlin singing a pop song. No worries though, since Matlin was there to defend herself.

Me? I thought it was funny.

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Why do so many people who seem to think Seth M. is the devil incarnate and the least funny man on the planet feel it necessary to watch all of his shows and post nasty comments to every TV Squad article about him? Doesn't that make you complicit in keeping his "awful" shows on the air?

November 10 2009 at 2:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason Chapa

When does the funny stuff start?

November 10 2009 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Seemed like a fairly typical Family Guy bit--the joke had promise but the execution was obvious and went on for far too long. Typical of that half-written Dane Cook school of comedy where all you do is think up a funny premise and don't bother writing any actual jokes to go with it.

November 10 2009 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

At first I thought yeah this is pretty bad and going on too long, but then Matlin came out and pretty much made it worth it. It wasn't the best half hour ever, but it wasn't the worst, and they really didn't go anywhere near too far considering the one joke that seemed tasteless actually had Matlin as part of it.

November 10 2009 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Dude, you sound more upset than me, and I wasnt really upset at all.

You need to get laid with a real chick, and give that doll of yours a rest!

November 10 2009 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Phish's comment

funny. But off by a mile.

November 10 2009 at 4:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok, so you ask if they went too far in the headline, and then say it was all ok in the article. Hunting for hits are we? Personally, I thought the impression went on a tad too long (in typical Family Guy fashion), but Matlin showing up made it amazing.

November 09 2009 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was the biggest disaster on TV since the "Star Wars Christmas Special". I'm a huge "Family Guy" fan, and found absolutely none of this live show funny. The only slightly entertaining part was at the end, when they sang original songs from FG episodes.
Otherwise it seemed like the whole point was to say the most outrageous stuff possible. Jokes that work when animated characters do them just come across as repugnant when you're watching a real human being say them.
It felt like a warped "Donny and Marie" show. Stilted scripted jokes, interspersed with awkward singing. I'm guessing that Seth's next contract with Fox will be for millions less, and this "special" will be the reason.

November 09 2009 at 10:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I must admit that I did cringe when they did this, and I can usually handle off-color humor, but this came out of left field and thank goodness marlee was in on it, otherwise it would have been in incredibly poor taste!
Nonetheless, I enjoyed the show overall, not a classic, but definitely better than any Simpsons episode.

November 09 2009 at 9:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Phish's comment

do you REALLY think they would have ever done a sketch like that without first consulting the artist they were planning to lampoon?
And REALLY what's the difference (knowing she knew) between impersonating her, or impersonating any other actor/actress in the world? Hell, they do impersonations of Stevie Wonder all the time... but THAT'S ok because he can't SEE it?! Please get off the damned high horse and LOOK at what you are being so upset over.

November 09 2009 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"you want to learn some sign language?"
"uh, sure, thanks"
"F*** you!"

November 10 2009 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Alex Bornstein is a real performer, I do find her funny.

Paired with Seth MacFarlane, however, it may not be comedy gold.

November 09 2009 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was not good. They write cartoons, not variety shows. The bit with Alex singing Adelweiss with Seth after she criticized him for it would have worked in animation with a snap cut, but in live action it was lame.

Incorporating movie trailers into the show was repulsive.

November 09 2009 at 6:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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