*yawn* Alright, let's get this over with. No Laughing Matter
Out of all the segments to air this week, this was the one I was looking forward to the most. Key word, was. But after sitting through three amazing segments in a row, one of which is my new favorite segment of the entire series, I realized that this segment had quite a high bar to clear, and that, combined with some of the GIFs I saw of it, left me having doubts about it. I was worried that this segment would break the good streak this show has been having, and leave us with a segment as rancid as Brawl in the Family
, or glob forbid, that piece of shit about roommate swapping. So how did it end up? Did it end up meeting my original expectations, or did this bomb end up going out on a sour note?[looks up writer]
Hmm... I have an idea for this! Ahem...[trailer narrator voice]
From Kevin Sullivan, the experimental writer who brought you as many great stories of the Loud family (Overnight Success
, House Music
, 11 Louds a Leapin'
, Frog Wild
, L is For Love
) as he has stories we're still waiting for him to apologize for (The Waiting Game
, One of the Boys
, Brawl in the Family
, Vantastic Voyage
, Health Kicked
), comes a segment sure to leave you thinking, 'eh, that was alright. Mostly unpleasant, though'.
Witness, as Luan spends the first minute of the segment, making bad joke after bad joke at the expense of her siblings, as she tries to invite them to a junior's night at a comedy club. You'll be just as annoyed as the Loud kids, as this part drags with how repetitive it gets. But because Sullivan loved this part so much, he makes you sit through these exact scenarios again, in the exact same order, after Luan gives up comedy after she learns her siblings don't like her jokes, and falls into depression. Because that's what comedians do when they find out their critics don't find them funny, right?
Be amazed, as Luan reveals herself to be an unlikable sad-sack without her jokes. It's like Kevin Sullivan thinks that Luan can't act like a normal human being if she isn't funny. She has to deliver every single line in the most dry, bitter way imaginable, all while her siblings try to get the old Luan back, as the segment struggles to balance a tone that perfectly balances comedic and heart-felt.
You'll laugh, not at Luan, but at the one cute moment in the segment, which you will struggle to call a funny moment, since it's just the same money sandwich joke from It's a Loud, Loud, Loud, Loud House
, except told by Lana this time. But that's not the only reused joke here! They also reuse the 'lettuce was ahead' joke from Overnight Success
, as if you wouldn't notice that this segment is reusing jokes more blatantly than Hanna-Barbera reuses animation.
The only saving grace you'll find here, is that third act at the comedy club, where the siblings are able to get Luan back into comedy, by offending her with the image of Lincoln failing at telling jokes. You'll still find the rest of the segment to be lackluster, but this moment will be good and heartwarming enough, for you to say, 'this segment was meh'.
Luan Loud stars in... No Laughing Matter
. Rated M for mediocre.[back in normal voice]
That'll be it for tonight's Blue Blog entry. Next time, I'll try to get out my entries on the DuckTales pilot and the first three episodes of BoJack season 4, that I've procrastinated on for so long. Until next time, this is Phoenix Rainier Storm, signing off.