When it comes to The Insane Clown Posse you either have an affinity for them, holding a warm, Faygo-soaked spot in your heart for them or you just flat out hate them.
If you’re in the second camp, then you’re never going to watch their new show, Insane Clown Posse Theater. Let’s be honest, unless you’re one of those people who ‘hate watch’ something (a theory that baffles me to this day), you have absolutely no reason to tune in to this show every Wednesday on Fuse. You’re going to loathe every second it. In short — you’re going to want to burn your soul after your first viewing.
However, if you’re down with The Wicked Clowns, whether it be as a full-fledged hatchet carrying Juggalo or a casual fan, who got into them because of their involvement in the world of pro wrestling, then this show is right up your alley.
The concept for Insane Clown Posse Theater borrows heavily from Mystery Science Theater 3000, Pop Up Video and Beavis and Butthead. It’s Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J cracking wise on music videos and viral video sensations for 30 minutes. Along for the ride are their friends from the world of pro wrestling and music including WWE Hall of Famer Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, former WCW star Vampiro and everybody’s favorite white rapper, Vanilla Ice.
For a debut episode, the show worked. The spontaneity of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope drives the show as they’re both able to hit (seemingly) unscripted, off-the-cuff commentary on today’s hottest music videos as well as take loving potshots at themselves and each other. Despite their fame (and make-up) ICP comes off as those two friends you have who are just loud and goofy. You feel at ease with them and enjoy watching them in their element. If this didn’t work, this show would be DOA.
Yet, ICP Theater wasn’t all roses. At times, the clowns tried a little too hard at times to force jokes into situations that didn’t call for it. And sometimes they just beat jokes into the ground with a sledgehammer. Also, the guests, particularly Vampiro (who I’m actually a big fan of) really came off clunky and obviously scripted.
Pull my pop culture card if you want, burn me in journalistic effigy for all I care, but I enjoyed Insane Clown Posse Theater. This is kind of show where you unplug your brain and giggle at 11pm on Wednesday night. Sure it has its faults, but in the end it’s a light, entertaining program that features pro wrestlers and silly humor and I’m all about that. In a television season where good, funny programming during the week is sorely lacking this show is like a well-placed fart joke in a room full of uptight people.