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Obama and Palin Party Hard on Premiere of 'In the Flow with Affion Crockett' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 15th 2011 2:43AM
'In the Flow with Affion Crockett' series premiereA new sketch comedy show premiered this weekend, picking up the reigns from 'In Living Color' and 'Chappelle's Show.' In fact, on 'In the Flow with Affion Crockett' (Sun., 9PM ET on FOX), Crockett even had relatives of Chappelle and the Wayans on to make it official, sort of. They were on right before he showed us his send-up of Chappelle.

As you would expect with a sketch comedy show, the quality of the shorts varied dramatically. We loved the guest spots by Snoop Dogg, Russell Simmons and Samuel L. Jackson throughout the back-to-back installments we got in this premiere, but for every funny bit like Snoop Dogg in an 'Avatar' send-up, there were disappointing misfires like the arrogant gospel singer.

All in all, though, while it seemed to lack some of the edge of its predecessors, Crockett proved he wasn't afraid to tackle controversial material, as he absurdly mashed 'The Hangover' with Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and former Governor Sarah Palin. The sketch riffed on what might happen if Obama let loose behind closed doors. When Palin showed up with a big bag of weed, things got a bit out of control.

With FOX debuting this Jamie Foxx-produced project in the summer, it doesn't seem they have a lot of faith in it, but we're sure if it finds an audience, they'll find a reason to stay in the Affion Crockett business. Or maybe it could become a fun little summer series for them. That would allow Crockett more time to respond to current events and pop culture phenomenon each year.

What did you think of his debut? Is it a worthy successor, or doomed to be forgotten? All in all, we came out of it feeling a little flat, and we didn't care at all for the interstitial bits he had with his audience, or the behind-the-scenes footage he had. It felt like a lot of padding for a 22-minute episode.

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