Thursday, June 4, 2009

Food Party

I just got this in my email...I don't know about you but I'm kind of intrigued by the idea of an amorous baguette...

FOOD PARTY, a fantastical, food-centric series created and hosted by Brooklyn fringe artist, Thu Tran, and a motley mix of unruly puppets who serve as her culinary crew, is coming to IFC June 9 at 11:15 p.m. ET/PT. This six-part IFC Original Comedy’s hallucinatory hijinks will be served in 10-minute episodes (or bites, if you will) during IFC’s Tuesday night AUTOMAT programming block.

You never know who or what may show up for dinner…

Maybe best described as a psychedelic melding of Pee Wee’s Playhouse and The Rachael Ray Show with a dash of J-Horror vibe, FOOD PARTY is shot on location in a technicolor handmade, cardboard kitchen. Each episode is a new gastronomical adventure as Thu interacts with a cavalcade of puppets, humans, baked goods, vegetables, and other critters, and embarks on journeys to bizarre, unexpected lands. Recurring characters include Italian Chef, Ice Cream Cone, the amorous Monsieur Baguette, Thu Tran clones, Especially Psychic Spud (E.P.S.), Perv Corn and The Devil.

In their surreal live-action cartoon-like universe, Thu and friends create out-of-this-world delicacies with ingredients commonly found in the average kitchen, like pretzel rods, Ostrich eggs, chicken wings, caramel, pork chops, nuts, bizarre plot twists, MSG, pizza, and love.

FOOD PARTY’s humble origins began in Cleveland, where Thu and a group of fellow grads from the Cleveland Institute of Art rented a cheap studio and began working on a public-access-inspired cooking puppet show. After posting two episodes online, Thu relocated to Brooklyn in hopes of expanding her artistic vision for the show. Thu and her crew of friends built another set inside their apartment and created more online episodes. A cult web audience quickly caught on to the webseries. Features in New York Magazine’s Grub Street section, and the popular blog Gothamist led to more wide-spread attention. The webseries won the ‘Outside of the Box” prize at the 2008 NY Television Festival, a new award given to the most innovative and genre-expanding pilot in competition.

FOOD PARTY will be served in the IFC AUTOMAT, a Tuesday night programming destination designed to appeal to a younger male audience, packed with uncut, uncensored programming including network premieres, originals, shorts, web shows, anime and more.

IFC’s Debbie DeMontreux, Christine Lubrano and Jennifer Caserta serve as Executive Producers on this series.

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