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A "Wet Hot Demonic Summer" for Ugly Americans

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Written by : published Sunday 3rd July 2011

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     "Wet Hot Demonic Summer," surely a play on the film Wet Hot American Summer, serves as the season two premiere for Comedy Central's Ugly Americans. In the episode, Mark (Matt Oberg) is tricked into being a summer camp counselor at a hastily set up camp by the demons, who wish to use Mark's friendship with Leonard (Randy Pearlstein) to find a hidden entrance to a wizards' convention and slaughter all of the wizards. Led by Twayne (Michael-Leon Wooley), they manage to do just that, though their killing spree is interrupted by Grimes (Larry Murphy) and his new bear family, who wish to take a few lives of their own. While all of this is going on, Randall (Kurt Metzger) discovers the camp is sitting on an old silver mine, and convinces the other counselors to help him dig for the precious mineral.

     This animated series about a social worker helping supernatural beings and ugly monsters integrate into New York City is hilarious, and taking the action into the country doesn't hurt it at all. The voice actors are talented, and the jokes are funny. For instance, when Mark's demon girlfriend, Callie (Natasha Leggero) takes off her bikini, another, smaller one, is revealed underneath. And when Randall and the others get trapped underground, they vow to eat weepy koala Doug, a plan they decide to continue even after Doug digs them out. Using a zombie as main character lets the writers go for such dark humor.

     At the wizard convention, Leonard is supposed to be handing over his reigns to an apprentice, who is a very clear knock off of Harry Potter. But true to character, Leonard is too lazy to spend fifty years actually training his replacement, so he picks him up at the Chinese restaurant when Leonard dumped him with only days before the transition. The joke is on Leonard, though, as failing to have a suitable apprentice means another five hundred years of work for him. If only Leonard had thought about the consequences.

     Mark is a great straight man to the bunch of misfits, though the fact that he is dating a demon gives him a little depth, and keeps him from being boring. His upbeat attitude is what drives the show, when everyone around him would rather be apathetic. Mark comes off as a bit annoying as he urges others to get into the spirit of camp, but it shows his loyalty that he would bring some of the beings he helps in his job and his roommate out to join the fun. He is a nice, naive guy, something needed in such a zany, offbeat comedy.
     Be sure to watch Ugly Americans Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.

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