For the 2007-08 TV season The Comedy Network presents Blue Collar TV on Saturdays at 8:30 P.M. Although the Blue Collar Comedy thing is really starting to wear out its welcome, Blue Collar TV was a solid sketch comedy show that benefited from a great supporting cast. For those who believe Saturday Night Dead cremated the genre this show proved it is still possible to put together a good comedy sketch show on TV. Viewers will want to check the Comedy Network listings for this show as the Halloween show is really, really good.
The formula for each Blue Collar TV episode on The Comedy Network is very simple. Jeff Foxworthy comes out, does a few jokes, you get three funny sketches, and then Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy join Foxworthy on stage to do a few more jokes and close the show
The star of Blue Collar TV is of course Jeff Foxworthy and there is a lot of his material and style in the show, including the Redneck Dictionary -I've always thought it should be the Redneck Pictionary-though here is it called the Hatfield-McCoy Redneck Dictionary. Blue Collar TV is usually very good because Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Bill Engvall were bright enough to surround themselves with an excellent supporting cast: Brooke Dillman, Ashley Drane, Ayda Field, Heath Hyche, Peter Oldring, Gary Anthony Williams. Brooke Dillman is especially good and heir apparent to the great Carol Burnett.
The Comedy Network Presents Blue Collar TV is not family friendly fare unless seeing Larry the Cable Guy in a diaper is something your kids will not spend hours in therapy over. A Cable Guy in diapers is nothing compared to the gross-out factor of the House of Gravy sketch in episode one, something that is never surpassed in following shows.
Each show has a theme and, fair warning, the second show's theme is Naked and this causes a rather warped Rescue 911 spoof about a kid who goes blind after seeing his grandmother in the nude. The formula of the Rescue 911 sketch is one of few that overstays its welcome in the first season of Blue Collar TV.
Other good moments in this sketch comedy show include Larry the Cable Guy doing the PC Fairy Tales and some pretty good TV show spoofs. The CSI spoof is excellent.
The Comedy Network Presents Blue Collar TV may not be something for the whole family but in its first and a half season this was a very entertaining sketch comedy TV show. Again, watch out for the Halloween show.
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