Sunday, June 28, 2009

Tosh.0 is my favorite new show

Why? Because it has included a puke scene in every one of its first four episodes, that's why.

In case you haven't been following along on Comedy Central, Tosh.0 is a new show hosted by comedian Daniel Tosh. The main conceit is that Tosh introduces, and comments on, a series of viral videos.

It's funnier than you think, even if you think the premise is a downright hoot. But you do have to kind of like watching people throwing up, people making idiots of themselves, and goats that sound like humans.

If you do, you also need to think it's funny when comedians revel in the most humiliating aspects of the human attraction toward spectacle and performance.

If you do, you'll agree with the Reuters review of Tosh.0 by Dan Carlson, who exclaims that
it succeeds on the strength of host Daniel Tosh, a talented stand-up comedian who isn't above poking fun at the show's premise even while gleefully introducing a fresh batch of clips. He's self-deprecating and quick-witted enough to keep the action breezing right along.

Carlson writes, and I agree, that the best part of the show is the weekly "Web Redemption" segment, in which someone whose humiliation has gone viral gets a chance to come on the show for an opportunity to regain her or his dignity. Guests on this segment have so far included Afro Ninja, Miss South Carolina, the famous tumbling-table star of the video "Scarlett Takes a Tumble," , and my personal favorite so far, Tyrone Davies, most recently known for his massive puke-puddle on a morning news show. Davies gets his shot at web redemption here:

Tosh.0Thurs, 10pm / 9c
Web Redemption - Puke Guy
Daniel ToshMiss Teen South CarolinaDemi Moore Picture

Simple redemption's not enough for Daniel Tosh, oh no. He has to take it one step farther and take on the "60 minute milk challenge"--drinking a full gallon of milk in under an hour, which everybody knows is physically impossible.

Why do I love this show? Mainly because of Tosh himself, who takes such obvious delight in excoriating the self-humiliation drive. If you like his new show, you'll love his recent stand-up movie, "Daniel Tosh: Completely Serious." Here's a teaser:

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