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The latest foreign reality show to be ripped off by US television is something called Thank God You’re Here.

From the producers of “American Idol,” the improvisational hit comedy series that originated in Australia, “Thank God You’re Here,” comes to America this Spring. Hosted by David Alan Grier ("In Living Color") and presided over by judge, Dave Foley ("NewsRadio," “Kids In The Hall"), “Thank God You’re Here” showcases the improvisational skills of a group of four brave actors each week, as they walk into a live sketch without a script, their only armor and unforeseen and unexplained wardrobe change. The only thing the celebrity can count on when walking into the scenario is a desperate greeting from a fellow actor in the skit, proclaiming, “Thank God You’re Here!”

Okay, this could be an interesting premise, if only because comedic actors working without comedy writers can be gold, Jerry, gold!  A comedic actor needs to have an excellent sense of timing and delivery, but unless they have some kind of history of improv they’re funny reading someone else’s words.

As I was watching the commercial for this then, I got to thinking how great if would be if Michael Richards was one of the guest celebrities.  He could come out, get flustered a minute or two into his improv routine, then just start calling everyone a nigger.  An entire hour where Michael Richards calls everyone a nigger, including white and Asian cast members.  Fran Drescher comes in dressed like a nurse, pushing Erik Estrada in a wheelchair.  “Doctor!” she says to Richards.  “This man took too much Viagara and he’s had an erection for 16 hours!” Richards looks at her and says, “Shut up, nigger.  And you, you know what your problem is?  You’re a nigger in a wheelchair.  Now, nurse, take this nigger home, or I’ll hang you from a tree with a fork in your ass.”

THAT, my friends, would be a show worth watching!  Someone get me a pitch meeting…

Posted by Lee on 03/31/07 at 08:40 PM in Celebrity Idiots • Permalink


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