Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union
You need to watch this show. I happened upon it last night, by accident, after watching the amazing Coen Brothers’ No Country for Old Men. Jeezus, what a movie. Amazing acting, and the sets were pitch-perfect. The musty orange, brown, and russet of those West Texas motel rooms added as much to the atmosphere of the film as did Javier Bardem’s spooky, haunted killer with an air gun.
Tracey Ullman is a comedic genius, and I am not nearly well-versed enough in her oeuvre to comment on it as a whole, but I know she is a satirical visionary with a talent for impersonation. She puts these two skills on full display in her Showtime comedy series “State of the Union” where she impersonates news pundits (Andy Rooney, Arriana Huffington), American “heroes” (a disgruntled TSA baggage inspector who steals tweezers and other “pilot killer” implements; a flight attendant who attempts to pacify passengers on a JetBlue flight from to Tampa, delayed on the tarmac for 12 hours), and pop culture icons (David Beckham, Cameron Diaz). She takes on issues ranging from artificial insemination to the woeful performance of American exports with laser-focused wit.
I have set the DVR to record what’s left of the season. If you have cable, make some time to view these on demand. You will not be disappointed.