Sketchy: American Candy turns 21

Personal disclaimer: I’m a TV junkie who will likely never write the next great American novel because I’m too busy mulling over Mer and Der’s post-it marriage and the 1960s girl power of Peggy and Joan.

My latest obsession is the supposed return of In Living Color, the beloved sketch comedy showcase that FOX spit out in the 1990s. Rumors swirled late last year that Keenan Ivory Wayans, the mastermind behind the series, has a reboot in the works: a two-hour special that’s been vaguely scheduled for a spring release.

Until that mysterious spring day, though, I shall wait…and wait…and chew on some good ‘ol American Candy instead.

Led by producers Hollie Harper and Patranila Jefferson, American Candy describes itself as “the love child of In Living Color and The Carol Burnett Show,” and I totally agree: The writing’s smart, the characters are timely, and you’ll hit an ah-ha moment mid-giggle.

American Candy celebrates its 21st run this week with Love is Magic, an evening of sketches and naughty songs about all things funny and wrong about love — just in time for Cupid’s cursed weekend.

The 411: American Candy at South Oxford Space (138 S. Oxford Street, Brooklyn) February 9 -11. All shows begin at 8 p.m., but arrive early for good seats, a chat with the cast, and the open bar. Click here for tickets.


Check out American Candy's "Baby, You're My Cougar."


  1. G’Day! Narrator,
    Interesting Thoughts, I’m remembering a sci-fi episode I saw when i was a kid in the 80s. I saw it in France, but it was most likely an American production.

    I can’t remember if it was black-and-white or in color, but the plot involved a family in crisis – they can’t seem to leave their house, and it’s getting very hot inside. Towards the end of the show a whole lot of goop runs down their chimney and into their living room.

    It turns out that they’re dolls living in a dollhouse, and candy or crayons or some such were melted down their chimney.

    My memory of this is pretty sketchy, and I’m not sure how many of these details are accurate, since it’s from a long time ago, but you get the idea.

    Anyone remember this?

    I look forward to your next post