If you are not in the New York City area or an internet junkie you might have heard about The Whitest Kids U'Know because of the minor controversy surrounding Budweiser perhaps being inspired by one of their sketches for a Super Bowl commercial (the one about the guys slapping each other). There is even a Canadian commercial for a different product that uses this idea. The premiere episode of The Whitest Kids U'Know WKUK airing on the FUSE Network March 20th 2007 features a remade and much shorter, tighter version of their original slapping sketch so you can kind of judge this chicken or the egg debate for yourself.
I am not a big fan of sketch comedy as those who perform the sketches often suffer from Saturday Night Comatose syndrome i.e. the sketches milk the premise until the cow is desiccated. Based on the preview DVD for the premiere episode of The Whitest Kids U'Know this is not really going to be a problem. The only sketch that really runs long in this episode is the business meeting / poop joke which is, pardon the pun, a stinker. Everything else is tight an funny -though the Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theatre does descend into just dumb
The Whitest Kids U'Know (Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Creggor, Timmy Williams, Darren Trumpeter) are twenty-somethings who are quite savvy when it comes to sketch comedy and the media. They are also not afraid to court potential controversy with their Hitler as rap artist bit. Other good moments in this premiere episode are the hunting sketch -definitely for a mature audience-- and my personal favorite the Get A New Daddy music video with Trevor Moore. It's nice to see real musical talent in this genre for a change.
The story goes the FUSE Network has ordered 10 episodes of The Whitest Kids U'Know. What I liked best about the premiere episode preview we received is it did not feel long. If this and the other clips screener DVD we received are any sign of things to come and if the Tuesdays 11 p.m. time slot doesn't get in the way of its core audience of college students this series could very easily rise above the status of cult favorite.
Being in Canada, I won't get to see the other shows -and I sure would like to-- but the American audience can get the FUSE Network on DirectTV 339 and EchoStar 158.