TV Club: Comedy Bang! Bang!: “Jack Black Wears An Embroidered Cowboy Shirt And Ox Blood Sneakers”

Sketch comedy, like fruit, is a gamble. You know that going in. When it works, it transcends the script, lights, cameras—a small piece of magic unfolds. It feels alchemical and fleeting, which is what makes it so powerful and exciting. When sketch comedy does not work, however, the artifice is obvious and glaring. So it is with “Jack Black Wears an Embroidered Cowboy Shirt and Ox Blood Sneakers,” a largely unfunny effort with little cohesion and an underutilized guest.

LaToya wrote beautifully last week about the effect a superior, surprising guest has on a show like Bang! Bang!. This season has seen a variety of fantastic guests, both from within and outside of the comedy scene. Bang! Bang! is usually particularly effective at playing to a guest’s comedic strengths, be it with timing, energy, or wit, which is why Jack Black should be a home run of a …

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