I didn't get a chance to watch Comedy Central's "Tosh.0" in time for its premiere last week, but a bout of insomnia(*) had me watching the rerun last night and laughing so much that I immediately set up a DVR season pass. More after the jump...
(*) It's the TV critic's best friend! It also brought me the delightful Obama/Zack Morris one-two punch.
The idea is simple: comedian Daniel Tosh shows clips of viral videos, and either snarks on them, or seeks out the person involved to find out what the hell they were thinking. Poniewozik suggests, quite astutely, that it's basically FAIL Blog: The Show.
The execution is uneven, but there were two great segments: Tosh giving the Afro Ninja a second chance to execute a backflip, and then Tosh trying to pull off four separate web challenges at once in under a minute. (The bit with the coconuts is a callback to a clip from earlier in the show.)
Between this and "Important Things with Demetri Martin" (which got a second season order last week), Comedy Central has come up with some interesting twists on familiar concepts (the sketch comedy show, and snarky clip shows, respectively). I am pleased.
"Tosh.0" airs Thursdays at 10.