Friday, June 4, 2010

Nerd Girl of Note #65

I have to admit, I know little about Thu Tran, but was recently introduced to her show Food Party by Empress Kate at her blog. Her is the "about" section from Thu Tran's website:

Thu Tran is five feet tall and loves food. The inspiration for her work comes from many different sources, including, but not limited to, sandwich wrappers, manga, sanrio, and the infinite rainbow that is Vietnam. Thu currently refers to herself as a "mixed media artist."

She lives and works in Cleveland, OH at numerous jobs ranging from book illustration to painting psychedelic murals for sub shops with fellow artist Taylor Dell. First and foremost, she is a food enthusiast, and enjoys the simple pleasures of home cooked meals and food experiments with her friends and family.

Food Party is, in a word "wacky." In three words it is "wacky and subversive." It has the perverse sensibilities of the original Pee-Wee Herman Show and the sheer lunacy of Wondershowzen. The low-budget appearance of the show and awkward editing and segues takes swipes at both childrens television and home/cooking shows. There is an absurdity similar to Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! to Food Party that makes it highly enjoyable.

If you get IFC, give Food Party a try. If you don't, you can see some video at IFC's website.

5 comments:

Tenebrous Kate said...

Yay! I love Thu Tran so very much, and I'm delighted that you do too. Great choice, sir :)

Darius Whiteplume said...

She is so disturbing and wrong, in the best possible way. I love the RV episode where her husband is a puppet dog, and the kids are kind of half-dog half-human.

In the cannibal episode, when she's filleting her arm, and says "look how easy the skin comes off. I bet yours does too. You should try it. Or not," I squealed a bit. :-) Thanks for the heads up on this show!

Nathan said...

Her name made me think of the original Yellow Ranger from Power Rangers.

Darius Whiteplume said...

@Nathan - I just barely remember the Yellow Ranger. I was a Amy Jo man, myself ;-)

Nathan said...

The actress who played the Yellow Ranger was named Thuy Trang, and she died in a car crash at the age of 27.

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