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Reviews in Brief: Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union

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This is the second season of Tracey Ullman's sketch comedy series, Tracy Ullman's State of the Union, which airs on the premium cable channel Showtime. The show's tagline is "one nation impersonated" and Ullman plays a multitude of characters. Unlike her earlier series, Tracey Takes On, this is much more consistently funny. Her characters seem to be better formed and she seems to have found her stride. While not every one of her skits hits the mark, in totality you'll find lots to laugh at.

My personal favorite is her on-going Celine Dion impersonation, which never fails to make me laugh very hard. She has gotten Dion's warbling singing voice down pat. While not an American, Dion is ripe for satire. Ullman also has some fun with Arianna Huffington and First Lady Laura Bush as she adjusts to life after the White House. There is not much that does not come under the satirical eye of Ullman.

She does a good line in men as well, whether its Joe Pesci trying to get back into the movies or a couple of "edgy" movie director geeks. The skits don't go on too long either, so if it's one that falls flat, like the bit about teacher/student sex, it never hangs around too long.

Not everyone will find her brand of humor amusing, but I suspect most people will find lots to laugh at here. Ullman has a clever and witty way of looking at the American experience. Even most of her outtakes are pretty amusing.

If you are a fan of Tracy Ullman, then this is a no-brainer. If you have never seen the show and want to see a funny take on the American experience, this might be up your street.

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  1. I remember when Tracy Ullman first started in a series called “Three of a kind” with Lenny Henry and the last guy I believe was named David Cooper or something like that. For it’s time in the 80’s it was a fresh style of comedy. Not all the jokes were winners but there was enough material to get her noticed and I’m glad to see that she has once again moved back to her more comedic roots. A well rounded talent that I hope continues to progress. IMO she has only gotten better.

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