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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Writers needed!

6/10
Author: Unideeluv from United States
12 October 2006

Okay there are certain sketches I think are funny like the gangster loving old woman, the balls jeans, vagina monologues, taxi cab conversation, and the airport search sketch. But some of them just aren't funny.. like the Jesse Owens, psycho white chick w/ black guy tied up, and the professor slap the s*^t out of you sketches. sometimes you catch the actors laughing at their own jokes and not being able to ad lib which i think can really make the scene funny. I think the worse sketch is definitely the Jackie Chan Chris tucker skit. so corny and could've be really funny. Maybe Damon needs to ask a few family members to give their input and help with the writing aspect of the show.

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This was very hilarious. I really enjoyed this & urge others to watch if you were a fan of In Living Color, Dave Chapelle Show, then you'll definitely find this entertaining

10/10
Author: yoyomaster-32733 from Chicago, IL
18 August 2015

The cast of this piece did exactly what should have been done which was have fun on the set. It was not to much of a format to follow which made it crisp. I like the skits that was used also. Now there could've been more improvising in some of the approaches in certain pieces. Over all it was still funny just in certain skits it seemed as if they were forcing what should have been natural.Overall it's refreshingly funny.If you enjoy laughing I'd recommend this as a for sure pick.It kinda reminded me of Dave Chappelle's approach with his show minus the educating ethnicities of stereotypical views.I would watch this over & over again.So definitely get it a peek you won't be disappointed.

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This was very hilarious. I really enjoyed this & urge others to watch if you were a fan of In Living Color, Dave Chapelle Show, then you'll definitely find this entertaining

10/10
Author: yoyomaster-32733 from Chicago, IL
18 August 2015

The cast of this piece did exactly what should have been done which was have fun on the set. It was not to much of a format to follow which made it crisp. I like the skits that was used also. Now there could've been more improvising in some of the approaches in certain pieces. Over all it was still funny just in certain skits it seemed as if they were forcing what should have been natural.Overall it's refreshingly funny.If you enjoy laughing I'd recommend this as a for sure pick.It kinda reminded me of Dave Chappelle's approach with his show minus the educating ethnicities of stereotypical views.I would watch this over & over again.So definitely get it a peek you won't be disappointed.

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Funny to Me!!

8/10
Author: tanishia-allen from Canada
3 October 2007

Well I actually like this show. I found it to be very funny and Damon Wayans is too funny. His son is pretty good too. The show covers all boundaries and I've never seen a show as raunchy as this. I'm assuming they cancelled the show cause I don't' see any new season or new episodes but watching the repeats is enjoyful for me.

Overall I'm a big fan of the Wayans family and I too was disappointed with Wife and Kids was cancelled as this how really does reflect what goes on in the black community. But Underground although will never be as good as in living color brings back those old memories and I like it. I wish there were more different skits but overall at least 90% of the skits are funny to me.

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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Showtime should pay me for subjecting myself to this pointless, sadistic, deeply unfunny rape of the sketch comedy series

Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from www.liquidcelluloid.blog.com
14 January 2007

Network: Showtime; Genre: Sketch Comedy; Content Rating: TV-MA (for graphic profanity, violence, strong sexual content and dialog, graphic scatological humor); Perspective: Contemporary (star range: 1 -4);

Seasons Reviewed: season 1

I write, even about bad shows, for the love of TV. But subjecting myself to Damon Wayan's sketch comedy series "The Underground" when most real critics did not makes me think that I should get paid for this one. This isn't a review. It is a word of warning. Showtime has developed a pretty decent track record in the past few years, and truthfully right now I like it more than the quick-to-cancel HBO. Burying this show at the end of the week without any promotion shows that even they may know what a wretched pile of garbage they have here.

"Underground" is a call back to the traumatic worst days of "Saturday Night Live" with Chris Farley and Mike Myers in which it appeared the sketch comedy genre was taken over by sadists. The only thing that makes Wayans laugh here is setting up characters to be tormented. Every single punchline in the show involves one of the characters being humiliated, slapped, beaten, molested, raped, murdered or tortured in some other fashion. Worse, is the way he repeats sketches as if there are "favorite characters" in this mess. Its bad enough we have to watch Mr. Angry, an anger management coach, teach people to control their anger by slapping those angering them, but we have to see him again slapping the habit out of drug addicts. And how many times can a person watch a pimp's hoe literally pull anything out of her vagina before you realize this whole thing is a repetitive time waster and go sprinting to delete it from the DVR. The sketches go absolutely nowhere, for far longer than they would ever need too and are about absolutely nothing. It's a shame too because players Damon Wayans Jr does a mean Chris Tucker and Edi Patterson has an Alex Borstein quality through all the masochism.

"Underground" is not just not funny, I would kill for simply "not funny". "Underground" is painfully, repulsively, gag-on-your-dinner unfunny. It lives by the rules that nothing is funny until you pour some blood out of it, or everything gross will suddenly become funny if we zoom in and get it in graphic detail. For example, the show invents "balls-out" blue jeans which allow men to indecently expose themselves in response to women "letting their junk hang out". So not only do we have to wrap our minds around where the hell Wayans is coming from (does he think woman walk around topless everywhere?) but stomach the image of testicular extreme close-ups in place of an actual satirical comic point. You can only imagine what "The Real Vagina Monologues" or the World's Smallest Penis looks like - and it isn't funny.

What does Damon Wayans have to say about it? Right off the bat he "cautions" us that this material may be just too over the edge and controversial for most people to handle. Pretty much the typical pre-emptive strike to make the show appear too cool for the room and critic proof. So if you don't find this crap funny, if you don't demand anything more from your comedy than midget jokes and small penis jokes, than you must not be hip. "The Underground" is "a place of self-expression and artistic freedom" apparently only for lowest common denominator degenerates. To call it a "black show" insults an entire race of people and ignores that "Chappelle's Show" already brought the sketch series to its high-water mark with some brains and an actual sense of humor.

Desperate to shed any sitcom persona from "My Wife and Kids", Wayans shifts into x-rated overdrive here. He shows himself to be a comic that needs to be put on a network leash otherwise a desire to "shock" will override any sense of fun and allow Wayans to destroy the show. "Underground" proves that there will always be a talentless hack around to revive the oddly sadistic impulses of sketch comedy. An ugly, angry, utterly pointless and completely unwatchable nightmare.

0 stars / 4

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