Anyone who loves satire and is familiar with the ABC afterschool specials of the 1980s will probably like Strangers with Candy, Comedy Central’s first original series starring Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello. It also helps if you have a truly twisted sense of humor. I score 3/3 on all counts so count me among the series’ biggest fans.
The series centers on the life of Jerri Blank, a 46 year old “teenage runaway” and ex-junkie whore, who heads back to high school (9th grade). She’s incredibly ugly, fat, street-smart in some ways, naive in others, and just about everyone hates her except her friend Orlando (the target of her racist jibes). That’s because she’s mean, selfish and very, very stupid.
Here are 3 clips legally available through CC’s clip syndication service (CC’s parent, Viacom, is incredibly vigilant over YouTube, so you won’t find clips there). Enjoy. (Ignore the “this clip is missing” warning – just hit the play button)