We could all use something new to watch every now and again. However, what do you do after you are out of binge watches and trendy shows? What do you do when you have a weekend to kill and nothing to watch? I have suggestions, and I’m starting with a twisted take on a homemaking show from an overlooked comedy genius.
Amy Sedaris is more than just a hilarious performer. She has a truly original comedic mind. Back in the day, she, a pre-game Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello created the insane Comedy Central show Strangers with Candy. That one is not terribly accessible, especially in this modern landscape. So now Sedaris is doing the oldest thing in the book: a comedic take on cooking and decoration.
You need to check out At Home with Amy Sedaris from truTV. It’s the one thing they show other than old episodes of Impractical Jokers. Sedaris has a genuine love of crafting and décor. Maybe she doesn’t have the chops to host a real cooking show or home decorating show. She’d never be on HGTV. However, she has enough skills to combine with his wonderful sense of humor and performer to make At Home with Amy Sedaris work like a charm.
Could you learn something from the show? Possibly, but not a lot. When she does something sincerely, it’s usually extremely odd. She’ll make a meat loaf, but make them look like feet (with onion toenails). Her crafts are delightfully bizarre as well. That stuff is silly and fun, but it just scratches the surface.
At Home is truly insane. It’s surreal and absurd and hilarious. There are a ton of recurring characters, several played by Sedaris herself. When she’s not playing “Amy,” she’s regional wine lady Ronnie Vino or nosy neighbor Patty Hogg, or occasionally somebody else. There are recurring characters, including a knife salesman, and also a lot of celebrity guests. Michael Shannon makes a couple memorable appearances. In one episode turkeys seek revenge on humans. That happens on what passes as a Thanksgiving episode on At Home.
You don’t have to care about cooking or crafting to enjoy this show. It’s simply a comedy show in the guise of a homemaking program. It’s parody, but in a fresh, energetic, and hilarious way. There are only two seasons and 20 episodes, so you can plow through it in a lazy weekend, and you won’t regret it. You’ll need access to truTV on demand to watch it, unless you want to pay for episodes.