Video visionaries Lol Creme and Lexi Godfrey, known for their groundbreaking work with musicvideos in the developing days of the genre, leave no creative or technological stone unturned in “Limboland,” a 30-minute interstitial presentation for the Comedy Channel.
Using fast-paced comedy vignettes lasting between 30 and 60 seconds each, and incorporating digital sound and state-of-the-art editing, the creative duo scores often with dialogue and sight gags in a sort of vaudeville-meets-MTV presentation.
Some attempts at levity fall far short of their intended target, such as the “Cooking for Anorexics” and the “Hit Man and the Mime” segs, both of which might have garnered a smile on paper but failed to translate onto video. A loud laughtrack assures a positive response, but the result may cause some viewers to wonder why they’re not laughing.
Program’s quickly paced sketches are disappointingly derivative, with many taking on a Monty Python familiarity.
But other offerings redeem the work, such as a talking skeleton, dubbed “the late Jackie Lenny,” doing his best Borscht Belt comic routines and hosting an interview with one of the guest stars, comic/actor Dana Gould.
Videophiles will appreciate the technique used to bring the “Dead Skeleton” to life. It is the fruit of a real-time digital animation process invented by Creme.
A silent Stewart Copeland (composer and former drummer for the Police) chases an animated bee from snare to high-hat. The bit goes on too long, and its presentation appears to be below the creative standards previously set by the production team.
But the use of celeb guests — future episodes will include Randy Newman and Herbie Hancock — appears to be an integral part of the format and is likely, along with the sketch material, to be more creatively developed in future episodes.