Thursday, November 4, 2010

Korean Drama According to Bobby Lee

Mad TV used to be one of my favorite comedy shows until it was abruptly cancelled in 2008.  Though its production values pale in contrast to its far more superior competitor over at NBC, Mad TV's writing, sketches, and jokes are equally as smart, clever, and humorous.

One of their funniest skits was their parody series of a typical Korean drama which were hilariously spot-on.  They featured all the drama cliches and stereotypes that have been done to death:  Constant replayed clips: Check.  Melodramatic music: Check.  Tragic love triangle: Check.  The presence of an evil chairman/president: Check.  Long-lost sibling/twin:  Check.  Weepy antagonists: Check.  Exagerrated English subtitles: Check.

Bobby Lee, the only Asian actor among Mad TV's diverse cast, has brilliantly spoofed a wide range of Asian characters on screen and TV; including Hiro Nakamura of Heroes, Sun of Lost, Lane of Gilmore Girls, Christina of Grey's Anatomy, among others.  On this parody entitled Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive, he plays the kind-hearted Dr. Poon Ji Sum who gets entangled in a complicated (and weird) relationship with the mysterious Long Bong, who may or may not be his sister, leading to a series of murders and assassination attempts perpetrated by Long Bong's former lover; President Gin Kew Yun Chun Yew Nee (whew).  Long-lost revelations and a final breathtaking culmination of a game of ping pong await Ji Sum!  Will he and his hair survive the ordeal and the painful affairs of the heart?    

You have to watch this!  (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5)

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