A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lights Out With David Spade is a pop culture-themed talk show featuring a panel of comedians. It has lots of adult-oriented humor filled with sexual innuendo, some stereotypical references, cursing, and nods to drinking and drug use. There are also constant conversations about celebrities, influencers, and people notorious for engaging in inappropriate/illegal behaviors. Television shows, films, and social media outlets like Instagram. are also common themes.
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What's the story?
LIGHTS OUT WITH DAVID SPADE is a pop culture-themed talk show featuring a panel of comedians. Each half hour episode features comedian David Spade hosting three comedians and discussing contemporary topics relating to celebrities, social media, and other entertainment. In-between the joke-filled conversations are some pre-recorded bits also designed to generate some laughs. Silly videos narrated by Spade are also featured.
Is it any good?
The lighthearted but only sometimes-funny show features David Spade delivering his trademark nonchalant humor about interesting or well-publicized events as they relate to popular culture. Meanwhile, his panel, which changes every day, features a range of comics from the stand-up circuit, as well as better-known celebrities like Jim Jefferies, Kaley Cuoco, and Dana Carvey. Not surprisingly, there are lots of jokes that push the envelope of good taste. But it's not particularly smart or thoughtful, and the banter sometimes feels stale thanks to a lack of discussion of anything beyond a few superficial topics, and a failure to keep the energy going after a good punchline. That said, Lights Out With David Spade still manages to offer a few funny moments, which will no doubt appeal to Spade fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why stereotypes are used as a source of humor. Why are they commonly used in jokes intended for older audiences? Can comedians be funny without them?
Do you think people who appear on comedy shows like Lights Out With David Spade rehearse their jokes before appearing on camera? Or do they just tell the jokes as they come? How can you tell?
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