It’s his show, he’s Andy Milonakis. That’s what the rap says to begin each and every idiotic entry to the first season of The Andy Milonakis Show. And as Andy himself points out in the commentary for episode six, the show is meant to be as stupid as humanly possible. With Milonakis at the helm, it reaches such high aspirations with ease. I’m still not sure of the merits of a program, whose only intention is to see how asinine it can be. Rest assured, there’s a huge difference between stupid-stupid and stupid-f…nny, and Milonakis sticks with the former like it’s his religion.
I don’t know what else to really say about the eight episodes included in season one. The format of each is Andy acting as stupid as he can in a series of unrelated vignettes. For those who don’t know the name Milonakis, you’ll probably know the face that goes with it. Then again, with his only film credit that immediately comes to mind being a supporting role in Waiting (a funny flick with marginal-at-best box office returns), you may not. But if you’ve ever seen his face, you’re not likely to forget it. Afflicted with a growth hormone condition that puts him in the body (and mind) of a 14-year old, this 30-year old “comedian” usually gets a jaw-dropping reaction from those familiar with him once they discover his true age. Count me in that throng. But the real shock here is not that Milonakis is twice as old as he looks (and acts) – no, the truly flooring bit of information is that his show was ever picked up and produced in the first place. If this is the future of comedy, then I proudly call myself an old fogy.
The 1.33:1 transfer neither enhances nor detracts from the quality of the original airings. You don’t have commercials to contend with; however, the inclusion of such may have at least added some entertainment value to this package. The colors are fine, as is the clarity. Not much in way of contrast. The whole thing is shot on video, and for that I’m grateful – no precious film stock had to be wasted.
Aside from the obnoxiously memorable opening tune, the 2.0 track is pretty flat and no-frills. The dialogue levels carry a high volume; the music is so-so. But other than that, there isn’t much going on. It’s more of a boring listen than a bad one, although some occasional hiss on the low end (mixed with the SOV approach) makes one think this could have easily been a show from the eighties. Think Nickelodeon’s You Can’t Do That on Television orchestrated by an idiot.
The cast commentaries and interviews are never for a second meant to be taken seriously, but, like the show, they, too, fall short of funny. Andy Goes Hollywood is another attempt by cast and crew to illicit laughs… still nothing. The unaired skits were unaired for a reason. This collection’s last ditch effort at amusement – the Ralphie Outtakes – is also nothing more than a waste of disc space.
Andy best hope for a remake of Goonies really soon, so, perhaps, he can land the part of Chunk. (He’d be a great fit to the role.) Because the way I see it, this show doesn’t have a long life ahead of it. Funny how Hollywood complains about all the crappy unsolicited manuscripts they receive from aspiring writers, yet a show like this is given the “full speed ahead” treatment as if it’s any different. The A/V is nothing special, and the bonus materials do nothing more than extend the low-brow lunacy of the eight episodes. Avoid, if you value your brain cells.
Special Features List
- Cast Commentaries and Interviews
- Andy Goes Hollywood
- Un-Aired Skits
- Extended Scenes
- Ralphie Outtakes