Judge Brett Cullum gets in touch with his inner improv homeboy for this review.
The illest improv!
Yo, yo! What up, dogs?
What if you took a honky corny comedy improvisation show like Whose Line Is It Anyway, and recast it with slick hip-hop-style comics? Wonder no more, because my brother Nick Cannon (Love Don't Cost a Thing) hit the MTV airwaves in 2005 with Wild 'N Out, where Nick captains a red team of comics, and a celebrity guest captains a black team of comics. They compete against each other in several improvised games like "Questions," "Fashion Show," "Don't Spit the Water," "Celebrity Crimes," and "I'm On the List." They have to bring it, cause it's on! This is more intense than the rap battle in 8 Mile. In between these sick improv antics, we get freaky skits, like Judge Mo' Dollars, and occasionally def musical appearances by hip hop artists (unfortunately most were edited out for this DVD release). It's much more lively than that punk-ass white bitch Drew Carey could ever hope to be. These homies raise the roof by rapping punch lines and dancing through every contest. It's tight.
MTV always makes great fly packages for its shows, and Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out—Season One is no different. You get the whole phat first season uncensored on two discs. In addition to that, there is a third disc including unaired sketches, a "best of" montage, bloopers, a photo gallery, and a feature presenting the fly girls of the show. It's a great package—but there's something off with this set, like it's lacking a little game. I can't believe they took out almost all the musical performances, and even edited out some of the incidental music. Yo, that's freaking wack. At least they let the cuss words fly…well, most of the time. I did catch them bleeping some of the really nasty stuff. Check out "Mamma's Sliding Down the Pole" on the second episode for a good example of something even the DVD producers couldn't let slide.
If you love your improv ill and with a hip-hop attitude, this one's definitely worth a look. It's an important step in the ongoing struggle for racial equality, proving improvisation knows no color boundaries. This set is fun as hell if you're looking for ten episodes of the illest improv out there. Make some noise, y'all! I'll captain the red squad, and you can head up the black posse. Give it up.
Peace out, y'all. Keep it real. Cullum out!
[Editor's note: Please note Judge Cullum is one of the most caucasian judges we have on staff. We have no idea why he continues speaking with a blackcent or got those corn rows. Maybe we shouldn't have sent him this DVD set. We sincerely apologize.]
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