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Unfortunately, that also often means the show is stolen from her by Brian Posehn and Steve Agee, who play, incredibly enough, Brian and Steve, Sarah's gay neighbors. Surprisingly, the gay thing is really a small part of their characters (though very amusing when they express their affection for each other in their uniquely understated way.) These laidback stoners have probably the only functional relationship on the show, and their interactions are a great deal of fun. Oddly, you could easily lift this pair out of the show and it wouldn't hurt their stories in the least.
This season doesn't change anything about the show's dynamic, with the only difference being the adventures the characters undertake, which are some of the best to this point, including Brian and Steve getting incredibly wasted on medical marijuana, Sarah's awkward relationship with her black boyfriend God and her recruitment into the anti-abortion movement. Only the Laura and Jay material is underwhelming, even when it reaches its zenith with Jay's secret hobby, which just doesn't pay off enough.
One show in particular though, which sees the Silverman sisters get onto their favorite TV show, "Cookie Party," is burned into my brain, for one reason and one reason only: Rob Schrab. One of the show's creative forces (and creator of the great Scud the Disposable Assassin) he plays Mini Coffee, the show's host, and words couldn't give justice to the creepy hilariousness of this character. Played like a southern belle, despite two days of facial growth and a patch of chest hair, Mini Coffee should have his/her own show, if only to keep kids on the straight-and-narrow by frightening the hell out of them. Add in the presence of the disturbing Mustangs, an odd pair of male cheerleaders, and a story about Sarah's obsession with Number Two, and it's a brilliantly absurd example of what the show does well.
Despite the genius of Mini Coffee, the best of the half-dozen episodes included has to be "Face Wars," just because it's crazy even for Silverman. Turned away from the tennis courts at the local country club (for her Jewish religion, she feels) Sarah declares it's harder to be Jewish than black. When called on her statement, she decides to live as a black woman to see how life differs. Her sweetly na´ve insensitivity is magnified by a ridiculous make-up job that is the cherry on the top of an insane sundae of funny that builds well past the reveal that might have been the high-point of the show on most series, before going back to the well and pulling it off again. With just six episodes, this show needed to deliver every time, and Silverman managed to make it happen.
The audio is presented with Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks that are just what you'd expect from a basic cable comedy show. The dialogue is clean and free of distortion, while the music sounds tight, though the mix gives the straightforward sound you'd expect from the series.
Ep. 1: Sarah and Laura Silverman
Also on Disc One are some DVD commercials and a set of four Comedy Central Quickies.
Disc Two kicks off with a "The Sarah Silverman Program" panel from the 2007 Sand Diego ComicCon, featuring Johnston, Agee, Posehn, the Silverman sisters, Schrab and Sterling, and moderated by Zach Galifianakis. The half-hour Q&A has a loose feel, thanks in part to Galifanakis setting the tone with his questions, and is just what you'd expect from a ComicCon panel with this group, which means it's a good time.
There's a bunch of clips that follow, which have previously (and currently as of this writing) on the Comedy Central web site. First is a 2:40 cartoon with the Steve and Brian characters, as they find themselves on another fantastical adventure. Seriously, I could probably be able to watch this show on a weekly basis. Then there's the two minute "Brian's New Office," which shows what happens when Brian moves into his new office...which is haunted.
There's also a quartet of "Cookie Party" clips histed by Mini Coffee, including three "Cookies Come Alive!" cartoons and a commercial for a "Cookie Party" video game. These things are just as over-the-top funny as the show they would air on, and will undoubtedly result in a sleep-disturbing nightmare at some point in my near-future.
The remaining eight clips (over 16 minutes in total) are of the behind the scenes type, including a segment on Jay Johnston's cape and Xbox, four episodes of "The Silverman Report," "Justin's Sketch" and "On the Set with Steve [Agee]." These are some funny bits, especially Justin Roiland's manic explanation of "getting into character," and the uncomfortable Michael Smith interviews on the "Report" (though I'd like to know the story behind the character.) Getting more exclusive material (stuff not available for free online) or even just getting all of what's available online would make this a better collection, though it is funny.
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