Genius Products // 2007 // 217 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Kristin Munson (Retired) // February 18th, 2008
"Hey Jim can we say 'You're gay' on television?"
"Jim just said we could say he was gay on television!"
It's been a long, strange trip for The Whitest Kids U'Know. They started as a stage act, released their sketches on the Web, and had their series passed by the Sundance Channel before selling it to Fuse, who aired one season before moving them to sister network IFC. Are you as tired reading that as I am typing it?
The Whitest Kids U'Know is what happens when you combine the off-kilter sketch formula and cross-dressing of Kids in the Halll (the shows have a producer in common) with the worst excesses of YouTube. Original and juvenile, often at the same time, the series stars Trevor Moore, Zack Cregger, Darren Trumeter, Sam Brown, and Timmy Williams as the Beaver.
The Whitest Kids U'Know: The Complete First Season contains all ten of the Fuse episodes, with the bleeps, blurs, and black bars removed.
Punctuality is very important to the members of WKUK, as I quickly discovered when I turned on the episode commentary. Cast member Sam was late for the recording session so the rest of the troupe spends several episodes getting their revenge.
Trevor: Every word that comes out of Sam's mouth is like AIDS
Timmy: Covered in gravy
Trevor: Rolled up in cancer
Zach: Powdered in farts
Chances are, even if you think you've never heard of The Whitest Kids U'Know, you've had some of their skits forwarded to your inbox or MySpace page, most likely marked NSFW. That label should tell you all you need to know about whether or not you'll like the show. Here, you'll find a rap performed by Hitler and a kid's song about accusing your dad of being a pedophile so you can get a better one. This is the same sketch comedy group that can give you a skit that's one long poop joke and then hit you with something dark like "Attention Deficit Disorder," in which a man is so desperate to be the center of attention that he winds up killing himself to get it.
Although the set is uncensored, the funniest sketches by far are the "clean" ones, although "clean" doesn't necessarily mean safe. There's the teacher who makes her students guess which one of them just had a parent die in car accident, two theories of the Lincoln assassination, and running gags like "European History," in which the European version of the colonization of North America and Africa is presented as a 5th grade play. In "Saturday," Trevor is a businessman who runs around like a Ritalin-deprived child on his day off, and the best skits play on the fact that you can't tell whether the troupe is playing adults or kids or just features adults behaving like kids. "Opposite Day Lawyer" sees an outmatched attorney turn the courtroom into a series of schoolyard games by declaring it opposite day in his closing, baffling the jury.
The Whitest Kids U'Know write, direct, and perform all their own sketches, and each member has his strengths. Trevor excels at physical comedy, Darren makes a disturbingly hot woman, Zach's at his best when he's exasperated, and Sam's the straight man. Timmy (who looks like the bastard offspring of Jerry Mathers and the Michelin Man) isn't particularly memorable in the sketches but is pretty damn funny on the commentaries.
Because this season gathers skits from all points in the troupe's career, including college film projects and Trevor's stint on public access, video and sound quality is all over the map, ranging from "Okay" to "Very Good." Three skits from the new season and a promo interview from their Fuse days join the commentaries as extras. All 10 episodes have commentary from the whole troupe (except slacker Sam) and producer Jim Biederman. Some of the commentaries are as funny as the episodes, with Trevor and Timmy fastest on the draw when it comes to providing insults and production stories, but by episode eight, even they are starting to get bored and the tracks peter out like one of their own sketches.
For every sketch with a last second twist or funny reveal, there are three that wander off and never come back. Sometimes they acknowledge this and play it for laughs, but mostly the cast just soldiers on. There also skits that are just plain lame, or only funny to the troupe.
The show itself can be offensive and uneven, but because most all of the skits are available through the troupe's website, it's easy to run a quick check and see if it's to your tastes. Let's face it, the main incentive to buy this set is for the breasts and f-bombs, and since The Whitest Kids U'Know is already on rotation on IFC uncut and uncensored, all that's left for the established fans are the commentaries.
Not Guilty. Unless it's opposite day. Or "not" opposite day. Great, now I'm confused.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Genius Products
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 217 Minutes
Release Year: 2007
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Fuse Promo
* Cast Commentaries
* Season 2 Preview
* WKUK Official Site