A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show sends some mixed messages. While it's positive for kids to see a young person steering his own show, they're also being exposed to cheeky humor that lacks real depth or meaning.
Positive Role Models
Based on appearance alone, many teens will find Martin a natural role model. But even though he's clearly bright and multi-talented, working both original music and art into his act, the humor he puts forth is more ironic than intelligent.
Violence & Scariness
Comedic incidents include a verbal battle over a parking space that veers into violent territory, a character whose father was murdered, face slapping, animated rats that kill each other (revealing small amounts of blood), and smashing a car with a baseball bat.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some pointed sexual innuendo pops up, such as in a song involving a "horny teenager" ... and a sock. Other skits talk about the mechanics of sex, seduction, etc.
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Regular use of "ass," "crap," "hell," etc., plus bleeped words like "a--hole," "s--t," and "faggot." Other language includes terms like "nipple," "tits," and "explosive diarrhea."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few casual references to alcohol, such as a joke about trying to order a vodka tonic in a bar. Some references to drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teens will probably want to tune in to this deadpan show based on Martin's personality (even though he's firmly in his 30s, he looks and acts like a straight-out-of-college emo kid) and occasional appearances on The Daily Show. That said, they'll be exposed to a healthy amount of salty language, some of which (like "s--t" and "faggot") is bleeped and some of which (like "tits" and "ass") isn't. There's also some sexual innuendo and more violence than you might expect, but even the bits involving blood are meant to be funny.
Is It Any Good?
By marketing his show to teens and twentysomethings, Martin is playing his cards exactly right. After all, anyone older than his target audience might not get the joke. His style is low-tech (and often low-key), with a subtle nod to retro sensibilities ... and it is funny. But that doesn't necessarily mean it will catch on and become a hit.
The original song, "Me vs. You" -- in which Martin compares himself ("Me: Starving wolverine") with an unnamed enemy (You: Baby covered in pork chops") -- is a prime example of his flair for slacker irony. But as for this reviewer, well ... Me: Mildly amused. You? You might be, too.
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