I like Martha Stewart, her blog is one of my Momathon faves. She is clever, artistic and I can even catch a glimpse of her great sense of humor when her friend Conan O'Brien is a guest on her show.
Even though I adore Martha, I admit I often roll my eyes when with all seriousness she takes on silly projects like making an oak leaf and acorn wreath (aka squirrel bait) or whittling a twig to roast marshmallows. I like to cook, but a snack at my house is supposed to be quick and easy so I had to laugh when she shared her recipe for making marshmallows at home...I always thought the fluffy square ones I buy in the bag at the grocery were perfectly fine.
That said, I never dreamed she would agree to the new show "Whatever, Martha!" that mocks her old craft and cooking show. The new comedy show debuts on September 16 on the Fine Living Network. The half-hour show critiques clips from Stewart's 1990s cooking and craft show and is hosted by her daughter Alexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt (the daughter of the chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Charles Koppelman). The two are also co-hosts of a funny talk show, Whatever Radio with Alexis and Jennifer
on Siruius Satellite Radio.
With Alexis and Jennifer on board as co-hosts, the new show will be irreverent without being irrelevant.
Who can resist poking fun at the perfectionistic Martha when, according to an article in NYTimes.com,
some of the clips from the old syndicated show feature segments called “Knitting With Children”, “Painting the Porch” and “Collecting Twine."
Obviously, this show is not for everyone, some of Stewart's diehard fans might take offense at having the very homemaking activities they cherish skewered in a comedy show. I love watching Martha even though I manage to mangle the most basic home decor or cooking project--especially during the holidays. (There is a reason we have a simple, homemade pizza on Christmas eve at my house.) So I am looking forward to the humorous look at just why we obsess over all the details when we prepare for big events. How we manage to work so hard preparing everything that when the big DAY finally arrives we barely notice the beautiful centerpiece we made with the matching place mats and the coordinating napkin rings that sit beside the flatwear we whittled from maple twigs...or whatever!
Since the show has Martha's blessing, I am sure it will be fun and not too mean. Although Alex and Jennifer can be kind of snarky on their radio show, their humor is also refreshing. If it is true that Martha dreamed up the premise after watching reruns of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" during a sleepless night, then the uber productive Martha has shown us once again that we can never give the excuse that we are just too tired to dream up a "good thing."
Oh yeah, don't forget to tune in Monday, September 15th when the new season of the other Martha show starts--The Martha Stewart Show.
(Photo: Martha Stewart, Alexis Stewart and Jennifer Koppelman Hutt.)