The Naked Trucker and T-Bone Show
I’ve only seen the room-erupting previews (and read an article about the live performances), but Allen and Koechner’s daring concept – honed on stage in front of people that have never left L.A. or New York – threatens to signal 2007 as a benchmark year for comedy. Still largely unchartered territory, humor about truckers, trailer park depravity, rednecks, and big mustaches may be too progressive for some audiences. Throw in ugly male nudity, and we may have another case of misunderstood genius; indeed an unfortunate candidate for a future episode of Brilliant But Cancelled. The comedy world is still reeling from the controversy surrounding Joe Dirt, various David Cross bits, and the unbelievable complexity and fresh wit of Adult Swim’s Stroker and Hoop. Let’s hope that audiences will award Comedy Central’s The Naked Trucker and T-Bone Show the special attention it deserves, but I fear that the inspired concept will simply fly over too many heads.