Comedian Tracy Ullman is back on HBO with her own show and is better than ever. The more you know about European politics the funnier you will find it. It is basically a skit show making fun of European politicians and various British stereotypes. One of the funniest is when Tracy Ullman plays Angela Merkel trying to pick out what to wear to a meeting of European Union ministers. Prime Minister Merkel’s closet contains nothing but frumpy pants suits, all in various shades of beige. However, Merkel is worried that she will look too sexy in them and that will be distracting for the male members of the EU.
There is also a dark humor skit of a Very British job interview at a major bank where Tracy is being considered for the position of project manager. Partway through the interview, the bank managers bring up the fact that Tracy had previously been convicted of “crimes against humanity” when she worked for an African dictator. Tracey turns that into a favorable attribute, pointing out that it took tremendous project management skills to organize the transportation, imprisonment and execution of huge numbers of people. The bank executives agree, and offer her a high level position.
Tracey Ullman has the incredible to skill to be able to completely transform into various public figures from Maggie Smith to Angela Merkel to Dame Judi Dench. It feels like you are actually watching the public figure doing strange things, rather than an actor pretending.
We are not sure if The Tracey Ullman Show will catch on in the U.S. It may just be too European for American tastes. However, we loved it and give it our highest rating.
- We rate the Tracey Ulman Show Five Stars *****
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