Million Dollar Extreme
Million Dollar Extreme (MDE) is an American sketch comedy troupe. They are known for their online videos, anti-comedy, and public pranks. The members are Sam Hyde, Charls Carroll, and Nick Rochefort.
|Million Dollar Extreme|
|Medium||Web, television, stand-up, literature|
|Genres||Satire, sketch comedy|
|Notable works and roles||Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace|
On May 7, 2015, it was announced that MDE were slated to have their own live action 15-minute sketch show on the cable network Adult Swim. It was to be set in a post-apocalyptic nightmare world that satirizes the current political climate. Titled Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace, the series premiered on August 5, 2016. World Peace was subject to internal controversy at Adult Swim due to alleged ties one of the show's creators had to the alt-right. Three weeks later, it was announced that the show would not be renewed for a second season.
Christian Williams of The A.V. Club describes them: "Some videos borrow Wonder Showzen's toolkit, wielding subliminal blips and eye-straining text in service of subversive ends. Some make use of the Tim And Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! aesthetic, and some are surprisingly slick, with excellent, eardrum-shredding music courtesy of talented mystery-men." In the view of Philly Mag's Andrew Thompson: "The mission of Million Dollar Extreme has always seemed a spin on afflicting the comfortable, except its targets usually aren’t the comfortably powerful. To the extent that satire exists in MDEs comedy, it feels like more of rationalization than a reason for the shock itself." Robert Mariani wrote at The Federalist that the group's comedy style is an example of post-irony: "Figuring out the intentions of the ironist is easy: whatever is being shown is being mocked. But the post-ironist folds over on his own sincerity with exaggeration, using the ironic not just to ridicule, but also to enjoy the absurdities of what he genuinely appreciates."
- Thompson, Andrew (October 6, 2013). "WATCH: TEDx Drexel Got Pranked This Weekend". Philly Mag.
- Williams, Christian (April 23, 2013). "Take in the work of the comedy provocateurs in Million Dollar Extreme". The A.V. Club.
- Lincoln, Ross. "Adult Swim Comedy From Sketch Troupe Million Dollar Extreme Gets Series Order, Official Title". deadline.com. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
- Stanhope, Kate. "Adult Swim Upfront Slate Includes 12 Pilots, Two From 'Robot Chicken's' Seth Green". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace". Retrieved December 11, 2016.
- Blistine, Joe (December 5, 2016). "Adult Swim Cancels Controversial Show 'Million Dollar Extreme'". Rolling Stone.
- Television (December 12, 2016). "Million Dollar Extreme's Show Is Collateral Damage Of Trump's Victory".
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