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Nick Swardson's Pretend Time

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mature sketch show revolves around sex and twisted humor.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Nick Swardson's Pretend Time

Fairly entertaining, and quite funny. Definitely not for young kids, but great for teens and adults who like this kind of humor.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Watching Swardson's sketch-comedy show series allows us to conclude two things: 1) Swardson can be really funny, as evidenced by his clever spoof on environmentalism with an ad for the Peeus, a urine-powered car you "fill up" yourself; and 2) once he runs out of good stuff, he turns first to scatalogical jokes before rolling out completely disgusting (and ultimately un-funny) sex gags.

After all, it's one thing to suggest that employees at a live donkey sex show -- where scantily clad women perform oral sex on a donkey in front of a cheering crowd of bystanders -- even need a seminar about sexual harrassment in the workplace. But it's quite another to watch the droning HR representative deliver his talking points while the donkey's shooting semen splatters and drips down the glass divider right behind him. Yup, Swardson went there, and he might have just gone too far.

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