Look, I like Kanye West. I like his music, and I think his boastfulness and outsized ego are funny. As far as I’m concerned, he can pretty much do what he wants in terms of entertainment. Except for a puppet based variety show. If you were to ask me if I thought that Kanye West should pursue a puppet-based variety show I would tell you that no, I do not think so, that perhaps Kanye West should leave puppet-based variety shows alone. From the Hollywood Reporter:
Comedy Central has teamed with Kanye West for a project described as hip-hop meets the Muppets.
A half-hour pilot has been shot for the project, tentatively titled “Alligator Boots.” It’s from Jackhole Prods., the production company founded by Jimmy Kimmel, Daniel Kellison and Adam Carolla that also was behind Comedy Central’s puppet-centric “Crank Yankers.”
The project, which is under consideration for 2009, would feature music produced and performed by West and fellow rapper Rhymefest, both of whom are serving as executive producers on the pilot alongside Kellison. West also hosts the pilot; the idea is to have a different celebrity guest host for every episode, similar to the setup on the original “Muppet Show.”
It’s like the setup of the original Muppet Show except without Jim Henson, the brilliant artist who invented the Muppet Show. And with Kanye West. And called Alligator Boots. And produced by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Corolla. But otherwise yeah, it’s basically the same thing. I would say if you took everything good about the Muppet Show and replaced it with something ridiculous, then totally. Wake up, Mr. West! (I’m sure I’m the first person to make that joke, so let’s just assume I own the rights to it.)