Onion News Network

January 22, 2011 by staff 

Onion News Network, This was a great January for the onion and arm video. If you’ve read my opinion on Comedy Central SportsDome onion, you know he does not seem quite successful. In addition, IFC Onion News Network,”whose first tonight at 10:00 p.m. (right before the show skit Portlandia), is a big success out the door.
Talk about a tale of two half-hour. IFC introduces ‘Onion News Network”’ – a deliciously deadpan parody of cable news, capitalizing on the franchise based on the Web – and immediately follows with “Portlandia,” a vanity project Armisen “Saturday Night Live, “Fred who plays like a terrible night at the Groundlings, or worse, a collection of sketches more mundane” SNL “last half hour. In fact, the juxtaposition of the two gives a hard lesson, albeit unwittingly, in the line is not so fine line between intelligent satire and smug, irritating self-indulgence.
As with “SportsDome Onion,” which launched recently on Comedy Central, “NSB” is taking no prisoners, look at the absurdities of the news coverage. Not everything works well, but the best bits of range painfully clever (a young white girl being tried as an African-American man) to surreal delusions (witness the title of “Suri Cruise targeted by Yet Another assassin of the future”).

Anchored by Brooke Alvarez (in fact, Suzanne Sena, which seems to be channeling Fox News’ Megyn Kelly), the half-hour cleverly zeros in the new quirks, like the obsession with idiots who put themselves in danger, or hyperventilating anchors on the risk posed by bad weather (in this case, snow showers really just light).

Admittedly, “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” already covered this ground well enough, but given the rarity of the satire is good, there is always room for more.

In contrast, “Portlandia” is further evidence is not everyone deserves a showcase skits – especially when the principle is not as deep as vignettes inspired by wheat germy, hippie-ish neighborhood of Portland, Oregon

Lorne Michaels is credited as executive producer, but Armisen and Carrie Brownstein co-creators and Jonathan Krisel seem to have been allowed to go free the Northwest (the show was filmed in and around Portland, obviously on a tight budget), with little parental supervision.

Unfortunately, they are too enamored of what amounts to an array of characters annoying – the owners of the feminist bookstore, a bike messenger angry bird lovers, a couple who got mad when someone leaves a dog unattended on a leash outside a cafe. And even celebrity cameos (to Kyle MacLachlan, who appears as the mayor) cannot help them.

“If the Titanic is sinking you ignore it?” the couple asks indignantly a restaurant owner on the dog.

In this regard, the observation of the “Onion News Network’s”” descend into the abyss of “Portlandia” has provided the motivation to get involved – if only by the remote slot.


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