Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Love This, Love This, Love This!!!

I don't remember exactly how I discovered The Kumars at No. 42 on BBC America, but I love it! Where have I been? It is hilarious! The Kumars is a part scripted/part improvisational talk show in the UK which stars a fictional Indian family residing in Wembley, London. The central premise of the show is that Sanjeev (the son) wants a talk show of his own, so his parents Madhuri and Ashwin bulldozed over Madhuri's garden and built a talk show set in their backyard. Celebrity guests enter through the front door, meet the family, and then are interviewed on the set by Sanjeev while his parents and Sanjeev's grandmother Sushila (Ummi) serve Indian appetizers, sweets and tea, and then sit alongside them on a couch (a la Ed McMahon to Johnny Carson or Andy Richter to Conan O'Brien style) and chime in throughout the interview. Running jokes include Sanjeev's apparent social ineptitude, Ashwin's obsession with financial matters and tendency to tell stories with no apparent point, and that the guest's appearances are paid for in large jars of chutney made by Sanjeev's aunt and sold by Ashwin. Ummi has got some fire in her still and seems to hit on most of the male guests that appear on the show! Not only do we see their hilarious interaction with the guests, but we also see their family dynamics and even though they are an Indian family, I think all cultures can relate. Guests have included Boy George, Minnie Driver, Graham Norton, Jennifer Saunders, Richard E. Grant and Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen. I just cannot get enough of this program and now permanently resides on my Tivo list! Check it out!

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