“I’m constantly improving, while YOU just sit there getting uglier, fatter, and further away from your dreams.” So proclaimed the egomaniacal Daniel Tosh during the February 17th season premiere of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 (10:00 p.m. ET), the Worst Cable TV Show of the Week.
In his America’s Funniest Home Videos rip-off, Tosh wastes no time leaping into utterly tasteless “comedy,” making light of rape, domestic violence, and accident victims:
A teen is shown tumbling down a playground slide.
Tosh: “Not since the Penn State showers have there been so many bruised tailbones.”
A man is shown shoving a pie in his wife’s face.
Tosh: “I don’t get it. This is acceptable, but I shove a stale croissant up a mouthy barrista’s hoo-hah, and I have a lifetime ban at Starbucks. I just want to know where you feminists draw the line.”
Tosh shows a video, shot through a windshield, of a car hitting a man.
Tosh: “Assuming the driver is Asian is racist, but it’s also accurate, since this was shot in Taiwan.”
The audience groans as the car hits the man.
Tosh: “Calm down. There’s like 357 billion more of them over there.”
Tosh rants about high school music programs.
Tosh: “Why should millions of my hard-earned tax dollars go to support a bunch of tuba-playing slobs dressed like Captain Crunch? The truth is, dorks only join the band because they don’t like eating lunch alone. Plus, an empty trombone case is the perfect place to hide an assault rifle.”
In a skit, Tosh rants at a drummer.
Tosh: “If you dare to sabotage my band, I will (bleeped f***) you like a pig, you nauseating, no-talent (bleeped f***) rag. I’ll find my tempo out of one of you (bleeped f****) if it takes all g**damn night!…Bull(bleeped s***)! If Eden Beecee were here, he would skull (bleeped f***) you into next week.”
Mocking a clip of the drummer, who threw up during his concert, a sketch shows Tosh at a Vegas show. A row of drummers vomit copiously on the stage and audience, the vomit expressly seen spewing out of their mouths and across the audience’s faces.
With a host who is insulting, rude, and not remotely funny, it is surprising that the program Tosh.0 has managed to endure for seven seasons. Tosh’s hateful, mean-spirited commentary obviously has only an extremely limited appeal to a tiny segment of the cable audience. Nor are advertisers on board with the show; with the exception of a single ad for Subaru and another for Sprite, the only commercials shown during the entire half-hour program were trailers for upcoming movies, video games, TV shows, and public service announcements. The most likely explanation is that the show is ridiculously cheap to produce: all the program requires are some internet video clips and Tosh doing his best Tom Bergeron imitation.
There are no laughs on Tosh.0; but Comedy Central and its corporate parent Viacom are laughing all the way to the bank. Despite the show’s mix of vomit, hate speech, crude sex references, and ultra-cheap production values, every cable and satellite subscriber in America is forced to subsidize both Comedy Central and Tosh.0. Is it any wonder the program has been named the Worst Cable TV Show of the Week?