In this bizarre mélange of sitcom and variety show, Canadian porkpie-wearing comic Seán Cullen weaves musically-backed standup into especially absurd (and generally quite risqué) comedic ...
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In this bizarre mélange of sitcom and variety show, Canadian porkpie-wearing comic Seán Cullen weaves musically-backed standup into especially absurd (and generally quite risqué) comedic plots. Cullen shares his house with his Band who live in the living room, Betty and Sonny who live in the kitchen and Winston who dwells exclusively in the cellar. Each week Sean welcomes special guests into his home for a half hour to experience his own peculiar brand of comedy. Apparently not quite satisfied with that degree of unconventionality, Cullen has quite jarringly ripped down the fourth wall, adding studio audience participation to the mix as well as involving a pair of "critics" sitting in the crowd as an integral part of the cast. Written by
Seán Cullen has been waiting for this for a long time, and I don't think he was disappointed. It's a bit obvious that he had a lot of control over the development;it's enjoyable, creative, weird, and funny, mostly in that order. Seán's first priority is always to entertain. He seldom gives out a big, cheap laugh, but he creates an atmosphere that defies you not to at least smile. He makes great inside jokes (Ex: Gordon Pinsent derails a cat) and he knows how to exhibit Canadian culture in a fresh way (unlike Jonothan Torrens in John Cross's Canada which is an example of how annoying people can be when they preach our culture instead of simply enjoying it).
Taking down the third wall by including the audience is quite ironic too, because the show doesn't really bring him into your living room for a half hour as it brings you into Seán's living room -or mind- for a half hour. Including the audience together in the dialogue has been done a bit before, but Seán even brings them to participate in small contests with actually good prizes. Seán Cullen is quickly becoming one of the most entertaining comedians in Canada and is breathing fresh life into the CBC.
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