Are You There, Chelsea, "Pilot": are you there, comedy?

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"Please kill me." - Me, watching this show


Review: Are You There, Chelsea, "Pilot"
(S0101) Where do I begin? How about the beginning. I am trying to watch Are You There, Chelsea with an open mind. Trying to put aside the fact that Chelsea Handler is not very funny. I'm trying to forget that Laura Prepon was Donna Pinciotti, even though she looks and acts exactly the same. I am even willing to overlook the complete absence of a theme song, but the fact that Coach Bieste (Dot-Marie Jones) from Glee appears in the opening scene playing the role that her character on Glee is trying to convince people she's not is too much to take.

Aside from Prepon, the cast is pretty familiar. One bright spot is Lenny Clarke as Chelsea's father, Melvin. Comedy and TV fans recognize Clarke and I now understand why he lost all that weight. He would have looked like a house compared to the rest of the bony cast. It's just too bad that Clarke has so few funny things to say.

Another aspect of the show that I am forced to overlook in order to enjoy it is the ridiculous choice of wigs. Not only does Chelsea Handler wear a horrible 99-cent store wig to play her own older sister Sloane but the fake Chelsea dates a guy who sports the most ridiculous red wig this side of the golden arches.

The one character who I actually thought was funny was Chelsea's new roommate Dee Dee, played by Lauren Lapkus. Sadly, one funny character is not enough to combat the mountain of unfunny that is the rest of this show.

By The King of TV, Paul Goebel

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