monthly meeting of its best improvisational minds provides lengthy and
funny takes on politics and pop culture.
you haven’t seen the monthly “Shut Up! I Hate You!” show hosted by
Anthony King and Scott Brown at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, it
really is not to be missed.
Seen January 31, with a panel of some of the UCB’s best performers --
Rob Riggle, Jason Mantzoukas and Jackie Clarke, with Riggle’s “Daily
Show” compatriot, John Oliver -- “Shut Up! I Hate You!” is like a blend
of Bill Maher’s “Real Time” and “Politically Incorrect” panel
discussions with the UCB improvisational sensibility.
The difference is, the hosts and panel apply their quick improvisational
wit -- being three steps ahead onto the next possible thought -- to the
worlds of politics, media and the news in general -- in a totally
unfiltered way, going even further than the “Daily Show” does.
Oliver, being the self-described “unemotional Brit,” had trouble getting
a word in at first in this nearly 90-minute show, among the gregarious
and dominating fellow panelist, but once he did, he repeatedly brought
the house down. Discussing the controversy over the Clintons’ suspected
racism in the South Carolina primary, Oliver said, “not only is he
ruining a potential Hillary presidency, he’s retroactively ruined his
own.” And describing his own experiences covering the campaigns, he
complained of GOP maverick Ron Paul’s bad breath.
Talking about the possibility of the first female or black US President,
Mantzoukas claimed he wanted proof Hillary is a woman -- and not as a
right-wing ball buster type slam either -- saying, “It’s like when a
movie star has a body double -- there’s Julia Roberts, and they pan down
but suddenly there’s a cut, or they move past a vase or something before
we see the rest of her.”
And just as the Daily Show often does, this show has bits of astute
media criticism, as Brown critiqued the print media as “modulating its
own racism,” reading a story that had Obama supposedly snapping or being
aggressive toward a reporter, then showing video of the actual incident
described, which was far from that, more like a few offhand responses
between signing autographs for crowds.
Riggle for his part, set the tone for the show from the beginning --
this show makes great of video to spark the discussions and began with a
recent clip of Clinton falling asleep during a speech by Martin Luther
King III -- so right after the clip Riggle lolled his head back, eyes
closed, mouth open, in a similar way.
And later, he took pains to educate Oliver about why Chuck Norris, who
has inserted himself into the race by stumping for Mike Huckabee,
deserves to be a political pundit. “It’s all about ‘Lone Wolf McQuade’
-- they were burying him alive in a truck and he drives the truck right
out of his own grave.”
Clarke seemed ready to talk even at points where she didn’t have
anything to say yet, but definitely had some great interjections that
added to the show, asking Mantzoukas and the rest of the panel if they
needed to prove Hillary was a woman by “fisting” her.
All these bits being described flowed forth from the panel and host so
fast your mind and laughter could barely keep up. “Shut Up! I Hate You!”
is definitely a show worth making a monthly appointment for.
“Shut Up! I Hate You!” returns 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29.