I don’t watch the State of the Union address anymore because I don’t
like the speaker so much. But on March 30, I’ll gleefully watch the
new and improved State of the
Showtime debuts Tracey Ullman‘s
new sketch comedy show “in which she
plays a number of different characters … presenting a day in the life
I could tell you all about
the show, but I think Tracey Ullman can do a much better job of it.
Watch her flash her new blue U.S. passport as she describes the series:
Since the world is not so fond of the U.S. these days, I suspect it will
be interesting to get the view of someone who has chosen to become a
citizen. Regardless, it’s pretty much always fun to get Tracey’s Ullman’s
take on anything. She’s been doing social commentary via sketch comedy for more than 20
years, and she’s
awfully darn good at it. And think of all she’s contributed to American
culture thus far.
She gave us The Simpsons via The Tracey Ullman
She gave us lesbian “Chris”
to Julie Kavner‘s professional golfer, Midge Dexter, in the inaugural
episode of Tracey Takes
She gave us her own brand of
pop music. (Ullman was was working the ’60s-girl-group sound
long before Amy Winehouse was knee high to a poppy plant.)
And I bet there are all sorts
of things you didn’t know about her. Did you know that she cowrote
a book about knitting?
Did you know that she loves
Indian music and Gracie Allen and the movie Broadway Danny
Rose “because it celebrates
a loser in America”?
And that her heroes include John Lennon, Gandhi, Peter Sellers and Gwen Ifill?
See, she’s just fun.
I don’t know about you, but
I’m certainly looking forward to learning more about her and her take
on the state of the union. The show will be on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
after The Tudors.