Someone gives Kim Kardashian West a comedy special right away

We may have seen a preview of Kim Kardashian West’s next career move during her recent hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live. The way Kardashian West ripped into her public image and personal life during the show reminded me of Larry David’s great meta-comedy series, Control your enthusiasm.

Hear me out.

In the opening monologue, Kardashian West makes a dartboard of her life, focusing on both public and private topics. She joked about her divorce from Kanye West, her sisters’ plastic surgeons who based their body transformations on her, even saying that her infamous sextape was the only movie premiere she could think of that would explain why she was asked to host SNL. That was only the first half of the nearly four-minute monologue and before she really got into her family.

The true potential of a Kardashian West-led comedy series comes into play when she narrows her focus to sensitive topics that she rarely discusses with bull’s eye. Not only did she thank her father Robert Kardashian for introducing her to her first black person, OJ Simpson, she joked that she only remembers him as the first because he “leaves one or more traces, or none at all.” For a woman accused of usurping black culture, this is the kind of cross-border offensive cultural dissection you’d expect from prime Chris Rock. She followed that joke bombshell by joking about her mom not naming any of her kids Karen because she knew the name would become synonymous with racist soccer moms, but because she wasn’t farsighted enough to know that her husband Bruce Jenner would call Caitlyn. turn into. Kardashian West’s jokes get it right because her life is deeply intertwined with some of pop culture’s greatest moments, allowing her to poke fun at sensitive topics over her own experience — and give viewers an authentic look at that world.

Keeping up with the Kardashians was as much a reality TV franchise as it was arguably the most effective public relations machine of the past 20 years. Tabloids caught her sister Khloe’s partner Tristan Thompson cheating? Turn on the cameras and transform it into a well-produced representation of fear and family unity. But that’s not what West is SNL monologue. She didn’t present a rosy, dressed-up version of her life to master a story. She joined in with the crude and penetrating jokes that the world has been thinking and saying about her family for years. She proved that the next chapter in her TV life should be more Larry David than it is KUWTK.

Larry David and Kim Kardashian West are both famous people in the entertainment industry, and that’s probably the extent of their similarities. The Seinfeld creator is often regarded as one of the greatest comic writers of all time, and most of his material stems from his own neuroses. But part of what makes HBOs Curb so unavoidably hilarious is something Kardashian West does in her monologue — skilfully immersing herself in the culturally ubiquitous and obscene realms. A big portion CurbThe award-winning appeal is watching which celebrity enter David’s orbit because of his past success, and how he randomly humanizes them by placing them in cartoonish versions of conflicts that the average person engages in, such as bill splitting and carpooling. .

Kardashian West could address accusations of appropriating black culture by having her best friend, actress LaLa Anthony, stage a fake intervention about the potential racism in her overuse of bronzer and braids. She could give viewers a casual day at her friend Ellen Degeneres’ home following Degeneres’s workplace harassment allegations, which would prompt Kardashian West to change the way Degeneres treats everyone from her maid to the waiter who takes her drink order. got it wrong, comically over-analyzing. In the series, Kanye can wallow in first-world troubles, figure out ways to outdo his arch-rival Drake by renting Dodgers Stadium for a date, while Kim innocently remarks on how sweet a gesture it is. Scenes like this aren’t just comic gold — they’ve probably already happened. Through it all, Kardashian West would be what she was in her SNL monologue: deadpan, jokingly oblivious – a sharp tongue aiming at her celebrity circle, hidden in a pretty face that no one can look away from.

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The 40-year-old celebrity has spent nearly half of her life in front of cameras. After her SNL monologue, I think she’s ready to stop making reality TV and start making fun of the reality of her TV-style life. And we would all watch.

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