What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the content here doesn't push the envelope as much as, say, Chappelle's Show. But the sketches are still edgy enough to include bleeped language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), audible usage of words like "whore," "ass," "bitch," etc., and sexual humor (including blurred nudity). There's also a late-night feel to the proceedings, complete with audience members drinking alcohol in the background while they watch the show, along with occasional drug humor.
What's the story?
Impressionist comedian Affion Crockett morphs into a master of disguise during IN THE FLOW WITH AFFION CROCKETT, a late-night-style sketch comedy show executive produced by Jamie Foxx that finds Crockett impersonating the likes of Russell Simmons, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Barack Obama, and Tiger Woods, among others. The show also boasts real-life celebrity guests such as Snoop Dogg, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Brown.
Is it any good?
OK, so not everybody will relate to all of In the Flow's cultural references. (For example, do you even know who Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao is, let alone know him well enough to appreciate a spot-on impersonation?)
But nobody can deny that Crockett has a real gift for mimicry. His takes on Simmons, Woods, and Chappelle are particularly uncanny -- and once you Google "Manny Pacquiao," you'll see that even that one is pretty darn good.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the use of stereotypes in sketch comedy -- especially racial stereotypes. Why do we laugh at certain stereotypes, even if they're technically offensive? Does relying on stereotypes to get a good laugh do more harm than good, or is it all in good fun?
How does Crockett's race affect his comedy and pop culture references? Can Crockett crack jokes other comedians can't because of his mixed African-American and Asian heritage?
How does this show compare to other sketch comedy series? What, if anything, is it doing differently -- and does it work?