Bring the Funny

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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OK comedy competition has some language, sex jokes.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

One of the purposes of comedy is to puncture privilege and bring attention to social problems; some acts do skewer issues and make sharp points. Comics compete in an ongoing competition, sending messages of perseverance. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jokes can be regressive, such as one about a man who conjectures if he was imprisoned he might "fall in love" with another man in the showers and become "Davonte's fruit cup." Other jokes send iffy messages about gender, such as a comic who berates himself for being excited for a sunny day: "I said that out loud, as a man," he says. Not all humor contains stereotypes though, and some punctures cliches, such as a sketch in which two women pretend to watch a horror movie only to note that "the black guy" dies before the credits are even over. 

Violence

Some jokes may touch on violence, such as when a man quips that another man putting him in a chokehold would make him regard that man flirtatiously.

Sex

Humor often revolves around sexual topics such as when a comic (mocking the old "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" slogan) says "What happened in Vegas turned 5 in February." In another comic's act, a man says he looks like the kind of guy who will "sleep with you and not call you the next day." 

Language

Language is infrequent: "hell," "damn," "crap," "suck." 

Consumerism

Performers' Twitter handles are shown at length onscreen after they perform. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bring the Funny is a comedy competition on which acts perform for judges and are gradually eliminated until one wins prize money and a chance to perform in a prestigious comedy festival. Performers are doing their act onstage, so most of the mature content comes in the form of jokes, which can touch on race, religion, sex, drugs, and other ticklish topics. Some jokes puncture stereotypes, such as a sketch in which two women analyze who's most likely to die in a horror movie and why, while others affirm them, such as an extended reference to a theoretical prison romance. Language is infrequent: "hell," "damn," "crap," "suck." Comics compete in a competition that's ongoing, sending mild messages of perseverance. 

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Parent Written bynuenjins July 22, 2019

Typical "Talent" contest with judges made better with good hosts.

With Jeff and Keenan at the helm, what you get is made better overall because they are talented comedians at the top of their game, neither of which relies on g... Continue reading
Adult Written byangel4622 September 9, 2019

Lame show

This show is a loser. Chrissy Teigen is a nobody who could not judge herself to do anything, not alone comedy. It should not be picked up for a second season.... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheRightStuf October 9, 2019

What's the story?

Over the course of comedy competition BRING THE FUNNY, 40 acts will perform for the show's panel of judges: comedian Jeff Foxworthy, Saturday Night Live's Kenan Thompson, and model-influencer Chrissy Teigen. Standups, sketch comics, musicians, magicians, and even harder to classify acts do their thing, Thompson, Foxworthy, and Teigen say their pieces, and on each episode, performers are eliminated until the last one standing wins a $250,000 prize package and the chance to perform at Montreal's 2020 Just for Laughs Festival.

Is it any good?

In a TV landscape crowded with talent competitions, a performance battle show has to have something special to make it stand out -- and this entry lacks that certain something. True, the focus here is on comedic performance instead of singing (The Voice, American Idol) dance (So You Think You Can Dance), or general talent (America's Got Talent, The World's Best), but since Bring the Funny's loose idea of comedy includes many types of performances from stand-up to sketches to music to magic, the content feels less than fresh. In addition, oddly, Bring the Funny hamstrings many performers by just showing excerpts of their act -- we see a joke or two before the camera cuts away to the judges discussing their performance, while we see other artists doing a complete number. 

Speaking of the judges, though Foxworthy and Thompson occasionally get off a cogent criticism in the midst of effusive, tedious praise, Teigen seems to have little to offer the judging panel other than winsomeness. With the judging mostly useless, and many acts abbreviated to save time, what charm this show does have rests on the talent of the performers on it. And there is talent at work here, from a priceless sketch duo called Frangela to the unsettling "robot comic" Zed, but it'd be better to have fewer performers, make sure each is hilarious, and let them do their thing at their self-chosen length. Maybe then this show would be able to scare up more than a few mild laughs. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes each of us uniquely talented. What would your kids' talent be if they were on Bring the Funny? Is it important to be a funny person, or to have a good sense of humor? Why or why not? 

  • How can critiques be helpful to those who want a career in the entertainment industry? What's the difference between constructive and destructive criticism?

  • How does Bring the Funny promote perseverance? Why is that an important character strength?

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