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January 5, 2006

Hollywood Reporter loves Campus Ladies


By N.F. Mendoza


Bottom line: This is irreverent, certainly raunchy, but very, very laugh-out-loud funny.

10 p.m. Sunday, January 8

This show's buzz is a result of multitasker Cheryl Hines serving as an executive producer. If this brand of humor resonates -- think the hilariously underrated "
Reno 911" -- it won't need anything else to sell itself.

Groundlings Christen Sussin and sketch partner Carrie Aizley are two fortysomethings who become dorm-living, party-patron college freshmen after Sussin's Barri walks in on her husband in flagrante. Aizley's Joan is a widow who decided to get her groove on.

Make no mistake, this is irreverent, certainly raunchy, but very, very laugh-out-loud funny. A drunken Barri proclaims of a bar rat (Anthony Anderson), "He's a yummy molten brownie. ... I want that black man!" Trust us, it's damn funny coming from the comely, cozy Sussin. Meanwhile, after a low Joan is pressured to "pop your coochie!," she takes the stage on open-mike night with poetry that declares, "Take your totem pole to my donut hole."

The writing is funny, and the acting is convincing and sharp. When snubbed by
Paris Hilton-style twins, Barri declares matter-of-factly, "So cute ... but so mean!" The first two episodes introduce them to dorm living, mortified roommate Paige (the excellent Miranda Kent), keggers and sorority rush. "Campus' " strongest point is keeping the ladies earnest, wide-eyed and oh-so-game. As the theme song chimes, "Little misfit, gonna be a big hit." Let's hope so.

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SF Chron: you should be watching Campus Ladies! (Feb '06)
CL news: Giant bra is strapped for a home (Jan '06)
NY Times calls Campus Ladies Hilarious (Jan '06)
LA Times calls CL original and infectious (Jan '06)
Cheryl Hines TV Guide interview (Jan '06)
Hollywood Reporter loves Campus Ladies (Jan '06)
NY Times Business article on Campus Ladies (Jan '06)
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