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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


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 (, 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.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: americanophile; immigrants; isshefunnyyet; sociopolitical; stateoftheunion; traceyullman
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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:

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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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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