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. In 2016, they produced Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace, a live action sketch show for the cable network Adult Swim that satirized the contemporary cultural climate. They also released a 744-page book titled How To Bomb the US Gov't. 
|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 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.
- "Million Dollar Extreme's How to BOMB the U.S. Gov't". Retrieved April 19, 2017.
- 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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