Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Now on Netflix: Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special (2017)

Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special (2017) - Directed by Scott Aukerman, Akiva Schaffer; Starring Michael Bolton, Adam Scott, Andy Samberg, Brooke Shields, Janeane Garofalo, Louie Anderson, Sinbad, Bob Saget, Sarah Silverman, Randall Park, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Chris Parnell.

By Kenny Howell

Santa needs Michael Bolton's help to get people to conceive 75,000 newborns by the next Christmas in this The Lonely Island-Comedy Bang Bang collaboration.

Scott Aukerman of Comedy Bang Bang and Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island (which also includes Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone) co-directed this somewhat sketch show that has Bolton singing in between or during those sketches.

There is a ton of cameos (take a look at the cast list), and big comedy names playing those sketches. Unfortunately, despite an inherent silliness that is smile inducing, the sketches really aren't all that funny. Many are just stupid for the sake of being stupid, and the only one that works is Bolton meeting with a VR developer, played by the great Chris Parnell, to try out a new love making game.

Other than that, it is just dumb fun, with more emphasis on the dumb. It's kind of how I feel about Comedy Bang Bang's now ended TV show. I love the podcast and look forward to it every week, but the TV show just always seemed a bit disjointed, though it had its moments. This special follows suit.

Michael Bolton's Big, Sex Valentine's Day Special is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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