A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that SNL's reputation for no-holds-barred adult content applies to this CD. Graphic sexual descriptions, alcohol/drug references, and lots of foul language permeate the entire release. Just one of many examples: "Dreamgirl, I pitch a tent / When you stomp in the room."
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What's the story?
INCREDIBAD is the new comedy-sketch-in-a-song collection by The Lonely Island, a trio of childhood friends from Berkeley, CA whose antics won them writing gigs for Saturday Night Live. The most famous of the bunch, Andy Samberg, acts on SNL as well, hamming it up in songs like "D--k in a Box" (with Justin Timberlake). The album includes some of the tamer faves from the show, like "Space Olympics," as well as songs like "Bing Bong Brothers" that introduce a wilder side with lyrics like "you might like my penis." Collaborations with T-Pain, actor Jack Black, and even Norah Jones round out the mix.
Is it any good?
Though the laughs are packaged in music, this is a comedy CD first and foremost -- and at times, the comedy is truly side-splitting. However, Lonely Island member Akiva Schaffer had a point when he said, "A comedy song can be really funny, but you need the video with it to really drive it home." Without the visuals, some of Incredibad's jokes fall a little flat. For example, the hilariously inane lyrics on "Lazy Sunday" lose just a bit of their edge when you can't see them delivered by a deadpan Samberg and his former SNL colleague, Chris Parnell. And some of the songs, like "We Like Sports" just kind of go nowhere. Still, the CD shows why SNL skits written by Samberg and his cohorts are so popular: these guys are talented. If your teens want to listen to it, a conversation about satire is in order.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about satire and whether humor needs to revolve around sex, substances, or swearing in order to be funny. What are some examples of laugh-inducing scenarios that don't involve one or more of these things? Which TV shows and movies are funny without being bawdy?
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