No bones about it, Food Party is a weird show. It’s off-kilter comedy at its off-est. It’s a cooking show, but you won’t get any dinner ideas out of it …at least we hope not. The shows surrealism is pervasive and while you could compare it to Pee-Wee’s Playhouse or Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show, you probably shouldn’t. Although the series inventor and star, Thu Tran, does claim the classic Nickelodeon show You Can’t Do That on Television as inspiration. While it wouldn’t be surprising to see someone get slimed on Food Party, this is show is still a lulu.
Instead of thinking about it as television, per se, it’s almost easier to process the show as art. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that the videos were being shown in art galleries. Thu Tran and puppetmaster Daniel Baxter met at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where they first started making these strange little short films. When they came to New York they showed their art in galleries and built of a following of devotees. Once you recognize the show as art, you have to admit it’s a lot more fun to watch than a film strip of early 18th century still life paintings. So sit back, relax, and get some culture in the comfort of your own living room.
In this episode (installation piece?) Thu wins a game show and the grand prize is 8 turkeys. Wacky hijinks ensue:
Here, Thu is a vampire who has raised the ire of a little German boy for taking his pet duck. It all ends well since the little German boy is reunited with his beloved duck …but only after he is turned into a vampire. Oh well!
The Poopisode of Food Party airs tonight at 11:45 p.m.