Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I've been building my DVD collection as of late.
I purchase at least one DVD every paycheck. You'd be surprised how fast it builds up your library. I recently copped some old classics, including The Karate Kid, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and the first three seasons of Martin. Actually, I've been OD-ing on Martin. I've watched one season and a half in roughly a month since buying the DVDs.
I must say, I don't recall it being so freakin' hilarious. It's always funny for me to look back at sitcoms years later. I always become much more analytical. I'm not sure I noticed it at the time, but Martin definitely relied more on physical comedy than dialogue to get laughs. But seeing Marty Mart excessively sing and dance, shout and dress up as Shananah, Mama Payne, Otis, Jerome, Dragon Fly Jones, Elroy Preston and Roscoe, among others, I can't help, but think..."Damn! Was Martin shucking and jiving?"
Dragon Fly Jones
See, when Tyler Perry first pulled Madea out, I was among the first to call foul on the play. I'm not alone. Perry has been long criticized for caricaturing black folks on the big screen. If Martin faced similar criticism at the time, I definitely don't remember it. But, what really separates him from Martin? Shoot! Madea and Mamma Payne are basically cut from the same mold. Two no-nonsense elderly lady who will cut you if the situation calls for it. Actually, a case could be made for Mamma Payne being more over the top than Madea. But, besides Martin being way funnier, what makes Tyler a coon, and Martin, not?
I'm completely bias and will most likely find reasons to defend Martin at any cost, so I turn to you guys. Was Martin shucking and jiving? And why is Tyler Perry getting a bad rep when others get/got a pass?