This is a guest post by Will Bennett
At one time, the funniest shows on television were Saturday Night Live and The Johnny Carson Show. After that came Seinfeld and The Simpsons. All these shows have something in common – they have been watched by the masses. Currently, the funniest show on television is not watched by the masses. However, those who know about it – and there are plenty of them – are completely addicted to it. The word is also spreading. It seems like every month the ratings jump to new highs. The show I’m referring to is called The Soup and the host is Joel McHale. I get it on one of the satellite systems in Florida.
The Soup doesn’t sound like the title. Come to think of it, I don’t think the title does the show justice. If I wasn’t aware of the show, I wouldn’t have an interest in watching it based on the title. It just sounds like another boring talk show. But it’s far from a boring talk show. Joel McHale is the perfect host. Since the show is taped live, he is often forced to use his rapier wit to fix something that could have otherwise gone wrong. Then again, when things go wrong, it’s kind of entertaining.
Let me back up a minute and tell you what The Soup is all about. It’s a show where Joel McHale reviews moments from television in the past week. But the humor used in doing so is unparalleled by any show I have ever seen. It’s not just Joel McHale’s humor, but also the slick humor of the writers for the show. To put it simply, everything is about making fun of people from live tv. This could refer to Regis & Kelly, a reality show on MTV, a cooking show, or anything else. Wherever they spot an opportunity to make fun of someone, they do it. I know this isn’t the nicest show on the planet, but it’s too entertaining not too watch.
There are many different segments, which include Chat Stew and Reality Show Clip Time. It doesn’t matter what segment you watch, though. The whole thing is hilarious. It’s on at 10 pm on Friday nights and is replayed often.