Musical Review: The Book of Mormon

Details: Won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2011. The official site is http://bookofmormonbroadway.com/tickets. The playbill for the original Broadway cast can be found at http://www.playbill.com/production/the-book-of-mormon-eugene-oneill-theatre-vault-0000013715

Before Hamilton, the hottest show on Broadway was the Book of Mormon. Ticket prices were through the roof and you likely had to win a lottery, buy a ticket months in advance, or spend an exorbitant amount of money in order to get your hands on a ticket. And it was worth it. Book of Mormon is an entertaining show on the very sensitive subject of religion, which it handles hilariously.

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TV Show Review: South Park Season Twenty Episode Three, “The Damned”

This is exactly what South Park should be. Each episode should be taking current events — and I mean the events of this very week — and then making jokes on those events. The use of immediate events gives the show relevance that would not otherwise be there. Fortunately, this episode does that.

As for what happens, Hillary Clinton goes to debate Trump/Mr. Garrison and Hillary screws up Garrison’s confession and attempts to quit. Like many would agree in real life, Hillary just can’t seem to get out of her own way despite Mr. Garrison/Trump’s self destructive incompetence. The parallels to real life are a plenty in this episode.

Also hilarious is that Kyle’s dad finally goes too far and his internet trolling victim kills herself. This leads to a standard South Park conspiracy theory plot line where some hilarious “truth” will be revealed.

The scene with Cartman at the McDonald’s at the end of the episode also got me. I think it was a combination of them innocuously eating french fries with sweet and sour sauce (which I also do) and Cartman’s reaction to potentially seeing a vagina.

Score: 6/10

TV Show Review: South Park Season Twenty Episode Two “Skank Hunt”

What a funny episode.

So Kyle’s dad is back at it trolling people online and photoshopping penises into people’s mouths. Cartman and the rest of the boys pay a deep price for these transgressions.

And while the plot was really funny, what really made this episode hilarious was that over dramatic music that played during each of the ridiculous scenes. They just kept playing horror music anytime something bad happened, which was hilarious and successfully conveyed the ridiculousness and over dramatization associated with technology and social media.

Score: 6.8/10 Great.

TV Show Review: South Park Season Twenty Episode One

I think the biggest problem with the last season of South Park was that the subject matter felt dated. I don’t know if there was a delay or if they just took too long writing episodes, but last season was not good. The issues touched upon occurred way before the relevant episode, leaving to a lot of episodes which I just did not care about. One of South Park’s main draws is to touch upon controversies that are immediately relevant. If the first episode of this season is any indication, then South Park is back on track and back on schedule because all the issues addressed were recent and very funnily addressed.

There were a ton of issues touched upon here, such as the presidential election, trolling on the internet, kneeling at the national anthem in protest, and J.J. Abrams constant rebooting of everything. What I love about South Park is its commentary on how ridiculous current events are and to take those events and dial them up to eleven in terms of ridiculousness. It was a really funny episode and I’m looking forward to how plot threads planted in this episode will play out in the rest of the season.

Score: 7.7/10