Friday, March 25, 2016

TV Show Review: Baskets

The new FX show about Chip Baskets the Clown played by Zach Galifianakis is created by him and Louis C. K.. The show tells the story of a clown that trains in France at the clown school despite not knowing any French. Galifianakis uses his great talent at physical comedy and goofiness to generate hilarious situations. Most of the scenes in Paris are so funny because he always claims not to understand what people are saying only when they are speaking English.

After dropping out of clown school and assuming the name Renoir, he takes his wife, who only married him for a green card, (Sabina Sciubba) back to Bakersfield to work as a rodeo clown. He doesn't make enough money to live so eventually is kicked out of his motel room, which he had moved into with every item he owns. He falls in with his insurance rate adjuster Martha, played with a deadpan voice by Martha Kelly. Martha is willing to help him through pretty much anything.

The funniest part of the show is when Chip returns to his home to see his mother (Louie Anderson). He steals the show from his first scene and his funny voice and a great script make for plenty of laughs. It's really funny that she loves her adopted DJ twins more than her actually sons. 

Zach Galifianakis plays double duty by also playing Dale Baskets, Chip's twin brother. Dale runs an online community college and has the Southern accent Galifianakis used in movies like The Campaign. Dale roots a bit too hard for his daughter's volleyball team and is always condescending to his brother Chip.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments as this is two of the best comedians able to explore a topic ripe for humor. I would recommend this to Galifianakis fans and anyone looking for a new take on comedy. FX has another funny hit on their hands!

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