Food Party is a mind-bending, non-reality cooking show with Thu Tran as your hostess, a cast of unruly puppets as culinary aides, and a cavalcade of fictitious celebrities as surprise dinner guests. Shot on location in a Technicolor cardboard kitchen as well as other foreign and exotic cardboard locations, each episode will or will not instruct you on how to prepare wild gourmet multi-course meals with ingredients you probably have on hand in your kitchen already, such as pretzel rods, eggs, narwhal lungs, bizarre plot twists, secret ingredients, and pizza. After all, you never know who might show up for dinner.
We recently pointed out the wondrous work being done by Thu Tran and her creative team on the explosively colorful IFC cooking show Food Party. A rousing mix of live action, puppetry, and edible oddities, this one of a kind ten-minute blast of energy borrows from past works of genius such as Sesame Street and Martha Stewart Living to create something wholly original and unique within its own monstrous construct. It's quite literally like nothing you've ever seen before. And Thu isn't your typical television host. Always grinning with a mischievous glint of sunshine in her eye, this energetic sprite bounds from one cardboard set piece to the next, engaging herself in lofty adventures that could be conceived as adult in nature, but never quite lose their childlike sense of wonder. Which far too many shows seem to be missing nowadays.
Thu, with her untrained delivery and rushed urgency to get through any given skit at the speed of light, is a powerful little forced to be reckoned with. And once her show catches the eye of the pop consciousness, she will surely blast off into the stratosphere in ways we haven't even begin to comprehend yet. Her time is approaching fast. And before long, we will all be bowing down before this culinary master of the universe.Read More
Food Party? Whoop-doo!
There hasn't been much said about this fantastically odd dip into freezer-burnt hysteria since its debut last summer. The hippest hipsters aren't babbling about its necessary weight in hilarity yet. Blog nerds and twitter enthusiasts have failed to muster up much enthusiasm for the ten-minute episodes gloriously destroying Tuesday nights on IFC at the moment. It's understandable, since that particular outpost in programming is crammed full of delicious entertainment offerings. All of it hyped beyond the boundaries of our interlocking media outlets. Glee is riding a wave of pop frenzy that has even the most jaded, toothless, musical-hating hill jack singing its praises deep in the darkest recesses of the Appalachian trail. Timothy Olyphant is killing customers with satisfaction on Justified. Southland has proven to be the little juggernaut that could with its tense six-episode Season Two short run. And despite this being the worst group of contestants yet, Crystal Bowersox has managed to breath a Jim Beam jigger of beautiful life back into the once mighty American Idol. She's the only thing making it more than just another horrible karaoke session this year. And people are watching at this late date solely because of her vocal prowess.Read More