Editor’s Note: This is a review about a show that had a total of 17 episodes in 2016 and 2017. This is about one of them. Here is an energetic and unique show in today’s entertainment world — a show with a political and personal slants that still can poke fun at some church situations. As Chuckie says, he believes in the joy of the Lord.
Featuring an interview with 12-time Latin Grammy-winner Rafa Sardina, a musical performance by Mari Burelle and comedy sketches featuring Scott Wood and Chuckie, this show packs a lot into its 27-minute episode. It is balanced with a few musical numbers, the comedy sketches, and the one-on-one interview between Chuckie and Rafa Sardina.
The comedy ranges from a couple of political pokes to a few TV preachers’ styles in reaching the masses. Scott Wood portrays Donald Trump, and the wig he wears along with his expressions are funny enough, but he infuses his routine with some lines meant for comedy: “I love the Mexicans, the Spanish, and their food!” spouts Mr. Trump. And when one of the black men on the show, a big man, walks behind him, Trump (the impersonator) says, “I love the blacks!” While it’s all in good fun and the show does a good job in tackling contemporary issues, the jokes and humor feel a little irresponsible.
Another one of the political pokes is directed at Hillary Clinton, when a reporter says she was spotted wearing a nice new suit which she got from the Men’s Warehouse! It’s further stated that Bill and Hillary are sharing now, not their quarters but their tailors!
Scott visits a Mexican restaurant, stating that even the Mexicans like the food. He speaks to a young, short girl named Audrey. “That was my dad’s name!” Scott quips. “Just kidding,” he tells her, “his name was Barbara.” He further kids the short girl, telling her he loved her in The Wizard of Oz as one of the Munchkins. She smiles.
Scott asks the various patrons what foods they like, and when he gets some answers that focus on foods with cheese, he jokes, “Cheese — nature’s plug!” When Scott interviews a couple of women and one seems a bit serious, he jokes, “She’s on parole and can’t be seen on TV!” and, of course, she laughs.
He loves joking with the kids and when one young boy tells Scott his name is Marquise, Scott replies, “We don’t know where your keys are but we’ll look for them later.” An adult patron named Rudy says he likes burrow (chili burrow) and Scott replies, “Who doesn’t like a delicious donkey wrapped in a burrito!” And, of course, he jokes again with Marquise, who says his cell phone is dead. “I didn’t even know it was sick!” Scott says.
Mari Burelle performs a song while joyfully dancing a bit and mentions trusting the Heavenly Father in the song. We don’t want to give all the gags away, but another moment of humor occurs when Chuckie poses as a doctor and Scott portrays a patient. Chuckie is dressed in white and Scott says, “It looks like he sells ice cream too! Can I get a Rocky Road?” In one skit we see preachers from the deep south and one is happily shaking a tambourine and another one is handling a snake, which exaggerates the point that doing so might not be a good idea!
The interview with Sardina is well done and he offers new artists a word of advice as they attempt to break into the field; “Courage,” he says. That piece of advice could be applied to all life situations.
This comedy show wants to take a wholesome approach to its comedy while poking a bit of fun at certain situations and political figures, and though it does not take itself too seriously, Dove standards require a more healthy biblical approach to these sensitive topics. It is not intended for young children, and due to some mature topics, this show is Not Dove-approved.
The Dove Take:
This show is energetic, and features everything from comedy, to music, to interviews, but several jokes surrounding personal, more mature themes aren’t suitable for most audiences.