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Comedy Gods David Cross and Jon Benjamin Made A Cartoon!! Comedy Central’s FREAK SHOW!!

I am – Hercules!! It’a an animated epic - from comedy genius writer-performers David Cross (“Mr. Show,” “Arrested Development”) and H. Jon Benjamin (“Dr. Katz,” “Home Movies”) – about heroes with incredibly lame superpowers. It’s on right after “South Park.” It sounds hilarious. The Hollywood Reporter says:
… "Freak Show" turns up on Comedy Central and breaks from the starting gate looking a little bit like a revelation: outrageous, bizarre, effortlessly hip and unsubtle in magically edgy ways. … "Freak Show" is so politically incorrect and disrespectful -- and yet at the same time so brilliantly absurd -- that you can't help but shake your head in a combination of disbelief and awe. May these Freaks live long and freakishly.
Entertainment Weekly gives it a “B-minus” and says:
… Thanks to the voice work of co-creator David Cross and pals like Will Arnett, this superhero spoof's odd humor manages to distract from the shudders...but just barely. You know what that means: College boys, launch those cult websites now. …
The New York Times says:
… since there’s no pressure on this latest outlaw cartoon to be indignant and ideological in a way that pleases, say, Aaron Sorkin, and nor is there any threat that it will offend some phantom moral majority, “Freak Show” is free to be funny. Which it is. It presents the back story of its heroes far better than I can, and that history gives a hearty sample of the show’s humor: “In 1972,” begins the self-important narrator, who sounds like the voice-over gods from, say, “The Incredible Hulk” or “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “President Richard Nixon, Augusto Pinochet, Henry Kissinger and Adolf Hitler met aboard Kissinger’s yacht, the Wet Dream II.” It continues: “After a few hi-how-are-ya’s and several cocktails” — here the men are shown cavorting in a Polaroid, Nixon in fishnets and Hitler relieving himself out a porthole — “it became clear that the galley was desperately out of ice. Frank Mankiewicz, a junior parking attendant at the Pentagon who was moonlighting on the yacht, suggested forming a top-secret elite task force comprised of members of a small freak show that he had recently attended, because there was seriously little ice left. “His plan was agreed to by all, and thus Frank Mankiewicz’s Freak Show was born.” If you appreciate a good Frank Mankiewicz joke, “Freak Show” is definitely for you. I had to Google him, so I might be missing other stuff here. …
10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Comedy Central.

”Owwwwwww My God!! Oh Dear Lord, Oh God, Mother of All Things Holy!! Please Let This Nightmare Stop!! My Ass Is Fire!! My Ass Is Fire!!!!!! Owwwwwwww!!!! My Ass Is No More; It Has Been Replaced By Fire!!!!!”

On a recent “Howard Stern Show” Howard played a cut from Norm Macdonald’s new comedy album that made me laugh so hard I nearly passed out. It starred Will Ferrell (doing his Harry Carey voice) and Norm re-enacting the first time two men decided to have sex with each other. It just builds and builds and builds as the two fellows try to overcome a seemingly endless litany of obstacles. Kindly seek it out and listen. It costs $11.97 and is worth twice that price for “World’s First Two Gay Guys” alone.

What book about Stanley Kubrick could possibly be worth $200? How about The Stanley Kubrick Archives??
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  • Oct. 4, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST

    This show looks so lame and retarded...

    by JohnGalt06

    that I predict fanboy geeks will love it. Ugh.

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 9:27 a.m. CST

    David Cross can ride my pony anytime.

    by tile_mcgillus

    These guys are geniuses and I will watch this. If you haven't picked up "Shut up, You Fucking Baby" by David Cross then go NOW and buy it. A little dated but still phenomenal!

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 9:25 a.m. CST

    looks like crap

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    i'll pass

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Frank Mankiewicz?

    by Spaz_Monkey


  • Oct. 4, 2006, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I'm torn

    by biscuit turner

    The commercials look awful, just awful. And The Venture Brothers is doing the same thing so well right now, there doesn't seem to be a point. But it sounds like there are some real talented people involved with Freak Show, and now I'm tempted to actually tune in... But I probably won't.

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Great talent, bad commercials

    by INWOsuxRED

    The animation looks so "drawn together", I don't know if I'll be able to stomach it. Jon Benjamin voicing just about anything is good, and David Cross is fantastic, but this doesn't seem like the right project for them. The lame superheros bit has been done to death already.

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 12:14 p.m. CST


    by Bufflums

    I certainly love to judge things based on their respective commercials. I also enjoy forming opinions based on absolutely no evidence, long walks on the beach, and the pure unadulterated taste of sarcasm.

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 1:25 p.m. CST


    by beastie

    Aren't "lame" and "retarded" synonyms? I'm not arguing whether or not the show's gonna be good. I don't get cable and will probably never see it.

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Will Arnett is also voicing on it...

    by DanielKurland

    And Jon Benjamin is outstanding.

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Didnt seem haha to me

    by godzillasushi

    maybe it was just the whole 'seen it before, but not like this' kinda thing.

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 9:32 p.m. CST

    David Cross co-created this?

    by rbatty024

    That's odd, because it looks shitty and unfunny. I expect something along the lines of an Andy Dick skit or Drawn Together -- the two least funny things in the world.

  • Oct. 4, 2006, 9:45 p.m. CST

    so far it's hilarious

    by v1cious

    a lot better than i expected.

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 1:17 a.m. CST

    so after watching it..

    by soup74

    i wouldnt say its bad, but its definitely not as funny as a show with david cross, will arnett, todd barry, and bob odenkirk should be.

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 2:44 a.m. CST


    by Bob C. Cock

    that made me laugh so hard

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Puerile junk....

    by Ninja Nerd

    ...I mean, this was absolutely worthless. Robot Chicken, ATHF, Sealab2020 to name a few, are all MUCH better than this. I'll never waster another minute on this. (even serious drug intake couldn't help this turkey)

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Dave Cross needs to stick to stand-up

    by Nodwick

    I love Cross's comedy. It's biting, relevant, and pretty fresh. But I guess if he can't swear, he can't really bring the funny. Plus, none of the characters were terribly appealing. It must have sounded good on paper or something...

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by SPECTRE Agent

    Reminded me of an SNL skit but Comedey Central would have been better getting Robert Smigel to do an "X-Presidents" or "Heteroy" if they wanted a funny liberal toon. Jon Benjamin is a god but wasted here. (And so is that guy from Stroker & Hoop; awesome show btw)

  • Oct. 5, 2006, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Where is the funny?

    by Ironmuskrat

    Sorry, but for all the talent involved in this show it was pretty hard to watch. Just a note to all of the would be funny, hip animation creators out there. The only way you can get away with that shitty Adult Swim animation style is if your show is really funny. Otherwise it just make a bad or average show even more painful to watch.

  • Oct. 6, 2006, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Edgy animation

    by Nodwick

    I fear that televised comedic animation is just one writing team away from being no better than

  • Oct. 6, 2006, 1:28 a.m. CST


    by wash

    Seemed like a really weak extended episode of TV Funhouse. I agree that it should be funnier with the talent involved. Of course it may also be that I stopped smoking weed.

  • Oct. 6, 2006, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Log Cabin Republicans

    by WolfmanNards

    They are quite an anomaly