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One New American, Imitating Many(Tracey Ullman, Citizen, Takes on Andy Rooney, Arianna Huffington)
NYTimes ^ | March 30, 2008 | EDWARD WYATT

Posted on 03/29/2008 8:45:32 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay


Ullman as Padma Perkish

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TRACEY ULLMAN did not become an American citizen so she could make fun of the residents of these United States. She had already done that with “The Tracey Ullman Show,” a sketch comedy and variety show on the fledgling Fox network from 1987 to 1990...

Ullman, 48, born in England moved here 20 years ago, passing her civics test and taking her Oath of Allegiance in 2006: “has released me psychologically to say that bit more about the people I impersonate.”

“Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union,”begins Sunday on Showtime. Characters, such as Doris Basham, the retiree who smuggles prescription drugs into the United States from Canada; Mary Ann Lefrak, the country’s oldest expectant mother; and Gretchen Pincus (deathrowpenpals.com), the serial monogamist who marries residents of Death Row, Ms. Ullman probes a bit deeper into the psychology of her adopted country.

“I’ve been here a long time,” she added. “I’ve invested a lot of time in this country, and my children were born here, and I’ve had a really nice career here. It’s just something you want to do.”

“It’s a really interesting process,” she recalled. “Civics. Taking the test. Going for the interviews. I was interviewed by this lovely woman from Jamaica, who had become a citizen herself. And then I went downtown, with thousands of other people, in the convention center. And you all wave flags, and give your green card in, and they showed a film — Moon landings, waving wheat fields and monster trucks. President Bush came on and made a speech — silence — and it’s all scored.” And here she began to sing in a distinctly male, middle-American, country-and-western accent: “I’m proud to be an American because at least I know I’m free.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: americanophile; immigrants; isshefunnyyet; sociopolitical; stateoftheunion; traceyullman
These vignettes are much shorter than a typical sketch which was a deliberate creative decision to appeal to the YouTube era of shorter attention spans.

Tracey impersonates famous people, such as Arianna Huffington (who sleeps with her laptop and has a dramatic Eva Gabor accent and penchant for using "blog" in every part of her speech),David Beckham, reporters Campbell Brown and Fox News correspondent Rita Cosby, Renee Zellweger, Cameron Diaz, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Dina Lohan (Lindsay’s mother), curmudgeonly "60 Minutes" commentator over-the-hill Andy Rooney, Angelina Jolie (and her ilk coming to the Appalachians and adopting a poor American child), Laurie David (environmentalist and estranged wife of Larry David flying around in her private jet, often cussing out those below her. Some of her targets might not care for the treatment they receive.

Promo clip for SOTU #1

Promo clip fro SOTU #2

Showtime clip

Trivia: Ullman's Favorite Comedienne: Gracie Allen (Note: "Gracie was a practicing Irish Catholic-"The only politicians Gracie ever cared about were the Kennedys. Not because she agreed with their politics, but because they were Irish Catholics. Gracie was very proud of her heritage, and the thought that an Irishman could be President of the United States absolutely thrilled her George Burns).

"Tracey is an American-o-phile," says Bruce Wagner, a writer-producer on "State of the Union." "She's kind of obsessed with America ... Tracey wanted to show the entire spectrum of this country, not just political but emotional." Ullman: "Now there's so much more satire in America than when I first moved here..."I like that Americans can laugh at themselves more.."

Ullman returns with a unique brand of sociopolitical commentary.


1 posted on 03/29/2008 8:45:33 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

I’d love to see her impersonations of Rita Cosby, Andy Rooney and Angelina Jolie! She is hilarious.


2 posted on 03/29/2008 8:55:46 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: fight_truth_decay

i never was much of a fan of ullman -but those clips are pretty funny.


3 posted on 03/29/2008 8:57:35 PM PDT by robomatik ((wine plug: renascentvineyards.com cabernet sauvignon, riesling, and merlot))
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To: Lijahsbubbe

For those of you “youngins” out there. The Tracy Ulman show is where The Simpsons debuted. It was a regular short subject cartoon on her weekly show.


4 posted on 03/29/2008 8:58:39 PM PDT by rickomatic
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To: fight_truth_decay

I liked the clip where the guy sculpted the Statue of Libery out of a 1200 LB block of cheddar.


5 posted on 03/29/2008 9:02:22 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
I always thought this person was brilliant, but it was an impression; I've never really paid a whole lot of attention to her act.

I did, however, think I had a cruch on her about 20 years ago, but she missed that opportunity.

6 posted on 03/29/2008 9:02:53 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (How much worse would things be if Eve had been "empowered?")
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To: rickomatic
Well although I look young and sexy and hip, ;) I am old enough to know who Tracy Ullman is!
7 posted on 03/29/2008 9:03:21 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: the invisib1e hand
but she missed that opportunity.

Don't you just hate that?

8 posted on 03/29/2008 9:04:11 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: fight_truth_decay
The old Tracey Ullman Show was mildly entertaining, but will always be known as the birthplace of the Simpsons!


9 posted on 03/29/2008 9:04:20 PM PDT by OCC
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To: robomatik
I agree, I might have a new appreciation for Ullman, now that she makes fun of those we make fun of. ;)

In the photo above: "Padma Perkish", the letters on her lab coat seem to spell, in red, 'racist'. I am sure.... no one noticed that at the NYTimes! Course the word understood is, phar-"macist", but..caught my eye nevertheless. But then again, I would put nothing past the NYTimes. OOPS!

10 posted on 03/29/2008 9:05:05 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Well bless her heart. I liked the Tracey Ullman Show. Reminds me of Lucille Ball, with a broader range of characters.


11 posted on 03/29/2008 9:07:52 PM PDT by GVnana ("They're still analyzing the first guy. What do I have to worry about?" - GWB)
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To: Slump Tester
Slump Tester: "guy sculpted the Statue of Libery out of a 1200 LB block of cheddar."

Some real hidden talents out there!

12 posted on 03/29/2008 9:12:52 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: the invisib1e hand
I remember being kind of infatuated with her about 20 years ago too. She was funny,smart and talented.


13 posted on 03/29/2008 9:24:11 PM PDT by BBell
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To: fight_truth_decay
go get some fresh air.

-- your friends.

14 posted on 03/29/2008 9:26:33 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (How much worse would things be if Eve had been "empowered?")
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To: BBell

Went to YouTube to find the video, then came back and see you posted the album cover.

Hard to believe this was 25 years ago!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K1xnVFxfw0


15 posted on 03/29/2008 9:28:42 PM PDT by mwyounce
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To: BBell
CBS Video

TV NEWS Anchor: as she describes as her "Nightly Doze of Fear"

Huffington and her Green Acres Gabor accent. Rooney split screen.

Nancy Pelosi will be one of her characters.

16 posted on 03/29/2008 9:32:02 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: BBell

I own that album. Not too bad [McCartney was in the video. And she had legs that went on forever.


17 posted on 03/29/2008 9:35:53 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: OCC

“They haven’t changed a bit”


18 posted on 03/29/2008 10:20:11 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Rules are for the guidance of wise men and the blind obedience of fools - Solon, Lawmaker of Athens)
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To: robomatik

News report: Angelina Jolie was beaten by a mob of her own children. Too funny!


19 posted on 03/29/2008 10:26:06 PM PDT by Atchafalaya
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To: fight_truth_decay

Ha! I’ve been waiting for new things from Tracey. That clip of her as Arriana Huffington was hilarious! ...in bed at night watching Charlie Rose and blogging ... Too funny!


20 posted on 03/29/2008 10:32:59 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: the invisib1e hand; fight_truth_decay

(Clearing throat) I think some recent events, involving a certain Presidential candidate, have made everyone a bit defensive regarding “race”.


21 posted on 03/29/2008 11:30:17 PM PDT by singfreedom
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To: alexsmithers; beaversmom; BellStar; BikerJoe; b4its2late; blackdiamondracer; Brad's Gramma; ...

Ping to the infidels—

Clips from the new Tracey Ullman show—looks funny:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid271552642?bctid=1435493366


22 posted on 03/30/2008 2:29:15 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: robomatik

One of the funniest clips in history was a piece she did with Steve Martin about a choreographer showing her a bunch of dance moves.


23 posted on 03/30/2008 4:55:32 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: beaversmom

Very funny..


24 posted on 03/30/2008 7:03:41 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: the invisib1e hand
go get some fresh air. -- your friends.

lol..who else can save one from ones self, but your friends.

I fear I might have Post-traumatic political subliminal brain washing distress syndrome. I see the word "racist" in everyday words, like as pictured above on Ullman's pharmacy white coat.
Is there any cure?
Will my Health Insurance cover??

25 posted on 03/30/2008 3:03:29 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

we all have our moments.


26 posted on 03/30/2008 3:09:02 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (can u feel the unity?)
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To: Lijahsbubbe
I’d love to see her impersonations of Rita Cosby

The Cosby skit was funny-under the chair on death row-offering sex if she could stay..think that Rita just might have been offended with the latter. Pelosi with the botox I had to look away-the closeup of needle and blood!

Will watch again, now the shoe is on the other foot. No wonder when Ullman was on the View recently, Joy did not look like it was one of her happiest moments. Was not much eye contact. In fact, a cold front seemed to be looming.

27 posted on 03/31/2008 7:07:23 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

later


28 posted on 03/31/2008 7:38:59 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: PzLdr
I remember the first time I saw that video and I was shocked when McCartney appeared in cameo. I guess Paul knew she was a talented gal.
29 posted on 03/31/2008 8:20:05 PM PDT by BBell
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