Someone points out that I didn’t post a review of Kelsey Grammer’s Sketch Show, which is odd because I wrote such a review. I must not have hit the “publish” button before closing the browser window. Pretend I made some witty and insightful remarks on the way to saying that it was more amusing than I had feared, that it was willing to do quick and short bits, get the gag over and move on (a concept that has never hit Saturday Night Live). But it’s not good enough to rearrange my Sundays; it’ll get watched when it’s up against reruns.
I watched just enough of Comedy Central’s new show Con to verify that yes, it was indeed a victimization show. Apparently, the goal is that a team of folks lead by this supposedly talented con man will defraud someone out of something each episode. On this premiere outing, they targeted a salon (which had apparently committed the offense of being listed in the phone book) to scam them out of free services by claiming to be making a TV show. Admittedly, they claimed to be making a different TV show than they were actually making, but in terms of an impressive goal, I’ll put that up there with me convincing folks I’m a writer/publisher named Matt Gerber. Skip this one. Consider skipping more Comedy Central stuff the way you might avoid doing business with a company which knowingly defrauds folks.