CS Review: Three busy Debras reach a new level of absurdity
If you're looking for fun, check out Three Busy Debras when it debuts on AdultSwim Sunday at 9pm. MST.
Produced by Amy Poehler's Paper Kite Productions, the comedy extravaganza follows three women named Debra, played by Sandy Honig, Alyssa Stonoha and Mitra Jouhari, while spending their hectic daily lives in the surreal city of Lemoncurd. Fake smiles and not so subtle marijuana shots over and over – “I never thought of you as having a home. In fact, I never thought of you! – invent this false eutopia, made up of openly cheerful police officers, who ignore blatant threats, and townspeople covering the lawn with an absurd number of American flags and scraping the bushes with shaving cream.
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"In this charming city, three busy women live, all called Debra," says the narrator. "That's not all … oh wait. Yes, he is." Each Debra comes with its own eccentricities. The proud Debra de Honig acts as an alpha and electrifies the gang with stories about eating oats; Stonoha operates as the actual number 2 and fills out forms by drawing random circles; and Jouhari exists as the third wheel that spends its life trying to impress the other two.
None are particularly stupid. They simply exist in the kind of universe reserved for extremely wealthy people. I think David and Alexis Rose dialed until 11.
I imagine that Three Busy Debras provokes as much laughter as rolling your eyes. And that's a compliment. Like most AdultSwim content, Debras plays like the exercise of a moody writer, or the kind of annoying humor normally reserved for male-centered programming, like Rick and Morty and Robot Chicken. Or one of those weird Old Spice commercials. The program mocks everything from Desperate Housewives to the prototypical American. You will find this extremely funny or annoying, depending on your comedy preference.
I found the show's inexpressive satire, perfectly delivered by its three tracks, absolutely hilarious. But I classify Airplane as one of the great American films. Get what you want out of it.
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The first episode has the three Debras covering up the murder of a pool boy. The boy was cleaning the leaves of the driveway (?) And ended up smashed between two SUVs driven by the characters of Stonoha and Jouhari. (They were too busy renouncing each other to notice the victim.) The murder is witnessed by an angry neighbor who threatens to alert the "heroic police" and tie the women's tubes … Each Debra then goes out to perform a designated task. Jouhari discards the body, Stonoha detains the police and Honig conducts auditions to find a new boy in the pool. Cue the antics.
The second episode revolves around a slumber party at Jouhari's house, which is necessary after the faulty plumbing has left the other two women trapped. Honono and Debras, from Stonoha, do not want to venture into their friends' house, where the garbage is kept inside the house, instead of being thrown away in the city's reservoir. In addition, none of them likes to chat with girls or the usual nonsense at the slumber party – you know, facials, toenail painting, cocaine punch and a board game called Safety Questions.
“We just have to go through this – inside and outside. Like a walk or sex with my husband, ”one Debra says to the other.
Again, Three Busy Debras will not work for everyone. The girls in my house just make fun of "stupid humor", but whoever likes this comedy will find a well-written and even cool satire that will probably only get weirder as the series progresses.