Is IFC’s ‘Bullet in the Face’ the Most Violent TV Comedy Ever?
With all the talk of Comedy Bang Bang and Bunk, it seems like IFC’s other new comedy series has been somewhat ignored. I mean, I hadn’t even really heard about it until now, while the ads for those other two shows are hard to miss. But there might be a reason for that: Bullet in the Face is apparently really, really violent. And IFC has decided to run the entire thing across two nights instead of weekly as a series. Here’s Deadline’s summary:
It stars Canadian actor Max Williams as Gunter Vogler, a brutally psychopathic, deliriously misogynistic German assassin-turned-cop. The character is utterly without conscience or filter, shooting people indiscriminately and accompanying it with radically offensive invective. The blood spurts freely and often. Eric Roberts and Eddie Izzard co-star as wacko mob bosses. But here is the kind of stuff that may have spooked IFC into turning Bullet into a two-night event rather than a weekly series: We see Gunter in a church using a crucifix as a backscratcher and casually lumping former VP Dick Cheney with Hitler and Stalin in conversation. He mows down basketball players on a court as if taking target practice. It isn’t difficult to see watchdog groups taking offense at the material and using it to demonize IFC.
Fair enough, I suppose, but you’ve also got to wonder why IFC would care if watchdog group complains about one of their shows. Not a single one of the few thousand members of One Million Moms watched any of your comedies, IFC. And having them publically complain about something being too crazy would only garner you press that would actually help wrangle in the sorts of people who like their comedy really, really out there and of questionable taste.
But hey, maybe the whole thing just makes more sense as a two-night event? I guess we’ll see. It airs in 90 minute chunks on August 16th and 17th.