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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Valderrama brings "the dozens" to television in this utterly disposable and shamefully addicting guilty pleasure

Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from www.liquidcelluloid.blog.com
3 June 2006

Network: MTV; Genre: Reality, Game, Comedy; Content Rating: TV-14 (for language); Perspective: Classic (star range: 1 - 4);

Seasons Reviewed: Season 1+

OK, you're Wilmer Valderrama, you're friends with Ashton Kutcher, you can get any hot young female Hollywood star you want and you've spent the last 8 years buried in the character of a nameless foreign exchange student on one of the most popular network sitcoms recently - what do you do next? Valderrama's answer is so simple, so bang-your-head-against-the-wall simple, you have to wonder why it wasn't done 10 years ago to keep this little player from cashing in on it. "Yo Momma" successfully honors the MTV mandate (for only reality shows and only reality shows with a bare bones production cost) and spits back a lean efficient series that requires nothing more than MTV's shoe-string budget.

On the surface, it might seem like Valderrama is trying to bring back "Yo momma…" jokes that have long become passé. What he is actually doing is bringing "the dozens" to television. Traditionally, an African-American oral tradition, "the dozens" can best be described to an audience as very much like the rap battles of "8 Mile" where caustic rap lyrics are replaced with crass and bawdy jokes. Two opponents stand in the street in front of a crowd and razz each other in the most brutal, funny and original ways they can imagine. Valderrama and co-host Big Boy officiate and the winner gets street cred and one-thousand dollars "cash money".

We are here to see the final showdown in the parking lot set between the two cracking titans, but "Momma" gives this contest a little necessary baggage to fill the running time before the main event. First there are two group free-for-alls at two locations across town. When the winners of those groups are chosen, Valderrama goes with them to their opponent's house to get comic ammunition for the final battle.

You know what? I like it, I do. I shouldn't because it goes against everything a scripted TV fan fights for. "Momma" is shallow and utterly disposable, but also in that watchable only-on-TV-if-nothing-else-is-on guilty pleasure sort of way. And unlike every other reality show "Momma" - ironically - isn't about humiliating its participants or has any inflated sense of its own importance. It is actually good natured, reasonably funny (even when it isn't) and based on encouraging actual skill.

"Momma" isn't about two punks throwing insults at each other; at it's very best it is about amateur comedy, technique, rhythm and originality. Or at least the MTV version of it. The show does get dragged into a sort of comic deconstruction in an infamous episode where a strange young man named Jordan, unblinkingly in the character of a prep school snob, takes on the rest of the punks with the corniest jokes imaginable. If only more contestants took such comic risks.

I do wish that we could get a little more sophisticated with it, or see more of the judges' huddle at the end of the show, where they dissect each set to determine the winner. If you want a far more in-depth study of comedy and vulgarity go for Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette's movie "The Aristocrats". If you've seen one episode, you've seen them all, but "Yo Momma" is still a shamefully addicting, time-passing guilty pleasure.

* * / 4

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

funny... but extremely rude!!

4/10
Author: swizzy16 from United States
30 December 2008

okay this is a very funny show i remember when i first saw it i could not stop laughing but i after a while i had hear all the jokes and it was starting to get lame.

and on top of that it was rude..i felt bad because they would get more and more personal to the person that they are up against.

i don't know maybe that is just me but yeah this show is just plain and simple unoriginal and not very entertaining. i think the person who created this show is just stupid..the host is a complete idiot who cannot act on that 70's show and to be honest it sucks!!!

some of the jokes were original and very funny..but i watched it on MTV..and they would censor some of the stuff that the audience in the show would crack up at..and we could not hear it

i cant stand this show and im glad it got canceled..

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4 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

Not funny

1/10
Author: booberry_rules from YOUR MOM'S HOUSE
2 June 2008

When I watch something that is listed as a comedy, I want it to be good and funny. What's this? It's not good. It's not funny. So what is it Fez? What is this thing you call a television program? Hey Fez guess what: YOU SUCK! And That 70's Show have lots of really bad episodes too. So as far as I am concerned, you are retarded and dumb! Go kill yourself now. Nah don't do that, but seriously, your show blows chunks man. "Yo momma so fat she really fat!!!" OK you see stupid bullcrap like that is what's ruining America. Unless you wanna be responsible for ruining the Americas, then please stop with gay shows like Your Mother.

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7 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

Entertaining, but most of the jokes are used and worn-out

6/10
Author: WhyUwaNNaGoNdoDat from United States
27 April 2006

This show is OK, but how good is OK nowadays??? Yeah, it's entertaining to see jokers battle each other with insults vying for... A THOUSAND DOLLARS (oh wow) and "bragging rights"... but most of them say really old and used jokes... I swear to God someone said, "Yo momma's so old, she fart dust," which has to be one of the oldest. This show has a good concept, but what are the black guy and the other dude for??? See, I don't even know their names... Wilmer Valderrama with his "OOOH-WEE!" can be funny, but ends up sometimes being just as lame as some of the trash-talkers' jokes. The best thing about "Yo Momma" is that every once in a while you get a "choker," the person that tells the most horrible jokes and end up being one themselves. Another plus is the investigating of the houses of the opposing trash-talkers that win in their first rounds. Wilmer takes an opponent and looks through his or her adversary's house and find things for material for the final round. "Yo Momma" is a show to watch when you are bored... and a good show to stop on when you're flipping through the channels, but unless you're a budding comedian, this show isn't TiVo-worthy.

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