12 Augtober 2005
I don't think Stella's act is physical enough to be compared to the Three Stooges, or individually defined enough to compare them to the Marx Brothers. The best comparison is probably to three versions of Pee-Wee Herman, mixed up with the curiously co-dependent interpersonal dynamics of Laurel and Hardy.
This series is actually far better than the videos and stage act they used to do at Fez. Again, like Paul Reubens (and to some extent, David Letterman), they are essentially meta-parodies, whose humor is contextual to their medium, and its self-imposed boundaries. On television their bad child personae are actually more comfortable, and inventive, within some sort of parental constraints (however illusory at this point).
"Stella," along with "Arrested Development," are probably the most intelligent and worthwhile series currently in production ("Extras" has failed to be especially interesting), and thus suffer ratings doom.
[Dilaceratus] BA MA Gershon Legman Studies