Sometimes I get high and think about Snoop Dogg’s short-lived sketch comedy show
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If it weren’t for some grainy footage on YouTube, I might think I was hallucinating Doggy Fizzle Televizzle. When people argue about the relative merits of sketch comedy shows, rate programs like Kids in the Hall and Mr. Show, I never hear it mentioned. In fact, I never hear it mentioned.
Although most people have long since forgotten their existence, I have never really been able to. To appreciate the short-lived MTV series, you had to be in the right place at the right time, with the right bong. By cosmic coincidence, I was the perfect audience for Snoop Dogg’s Campy appearance on the variety show, and I’ve had a nostalgic fondness for it ever since. No matter how many times I’ve brought it up, I’ve never met anyone who remembers its insightful humor and long-lasting impact.
When the show aired between 2002 and 2003, I was in high school and just starting to explore cannabis culture in Southern California. Needless to say, it was a different time back then. The strains were limited to OG Kush or Blueberry Kush – if you were lucky enough to smoke Kush at all. Legal cannabis has been limited to medical patients who source their weeds from nonprofit collectives or their own gardens. That meant slicing 20 grams took at least half an hour on your dealer’s couch.
When I was unlucky I would get stuck and watch my Plug Vice City play. If I was lucky, we would see Doggy Fizzle Televizzle as we tore glowing hot dabs from glowing titanium nails. The show’s politically conscious and proudly black humor was more than a weak tool for a charismatic rap star. He prepared the conditions for the later success of shows like Chappelle’s Show and The Boondocks.
In 1992, the soft-spoken Long Beach rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg made his public debut thanks to producer Dr. Dre, who showcased his humor in Death Row Records’ marijuana-inspired magnum opus The Chronic. Snoop went on to achieve multi-platinum success with his first album, Doggystyle, while at the same time becoming disillusioned with the lifestyle depicted in his lyrics. Determined to change his life for his family, Snoop focused on himself as an entrepreneur, father, and surprisingly adept comic book actor.
Given the proliferation and popularity of extended sketch tracks on 90s rap albums, we should perhaps have seen it coming. Tracks like “The $ 20 Sack Pyramid” – The Chronic’s portrayal of a surreal game show in which the prizes include “a $ 20 Sack Indo” – show Snoop’s willingness to get weird. Cameos such as his role as “Scavenger Smoker” in the 1998 film Half-Baked cemented his place in the stoner comedy hall of fame.
Due to the popularity of his laid-back personality, Snoop was able to negotiate full creative control over Doggy Fizzle. “We knew he was naturally good at being funny,” an MTV development director told the Associated Press. “We knew we wanted to build something around his personality, a personality that was cool.”
For me, the clip that best sums up the show’s absurd humor is a segment where the crew goes to Color Me Mine to decorate ceramics. Snoop cooks ribs in the oven, paints a bust of Elvis and offers a grandmother with glasses a large ceramic tap with a slippery double track.
Some of my favorite moments are the most fleeting and ridiculous, like when Snoop shows off his dance moves dressed like Napoleon Bonaparte or shoots hoops in a full-body crocodile costume. As Sway Dizzle’s newscaster, Snoop uses the MTV News Break format to broadcast recordings on Eminem. Herbal Essences commercials, The Godfather and The Brady Bunch are all targets of parody, while imaginary products like Rap-O-Grams, Haterade and Aunt Jomama’s Fine-Ass Granddaughter Pancake Syrup crop up.
“I think I’m giving myself roles on this TV show that you wouldn’t expect me to do because I know what I can do and how far I’m going to push myself for those types of roles,” Snoop told a reporter. “It just gives me the opportunity to show them how diverse I am.”
In many ways, the show is an early 2000s television time capsule, when Girls Gone Wild commercials ruled the night and celebrity Paris Hilton turned into the star of The Simple Life. MTV had achieved great success with The Osbournes and in many ways invented a new genre of reality television that continues to this day.
In a particularly 00s segment, Snoop Dogg dons a matching turquoise velvet tuxedo jacket and Durag to visit the Playboy mansion, and toured the grotto with bunnies a few years before her own TV star on The Girls Next Door. Sitting next to the late Hugh Hefner on a leopard print couch, he asks meekly, “Can someone call my wife and tell her I’m at church?”
Like most transgressive and contemporary comedies, some jokes seem painfully out of date by today’s standards. However, sometimes these moments also remind us of how little has changed. A common joke is the “wigger”, which Snoop describes as “the biggest problem facing whites today”. Despite their “low-slung baggy pants, poorly executed gang signs, and deliberate use of poor grammar,” the show shows that they rely on their white privilege when it comes to escaping police violence (or calling it against others). In a way, these sketches formed the basis for understanding today’s conversations about black fishing and cultural appropriation.
Of course, cannabis humor is timeless, especially when it’s led by one of the most famous hit heads in history. Snoop shares a self-help program “To Defeat the Green Eyed Devil” with twelve steps that you can use to stop smoking herbs. Rapper Redman testifies: “Thanks to Snoop, I’ve stopped the weeds more than three hundred times this week! You the man. “
The fifth episode features a commercial for the Snoop Wake & Bake Oven, an easy bake knockoff for making Snoop’s Famous Magic Brownies. “Each pack contains Snoop’s favorite herbs and spices,” promises a cheerful narrator as Snoop wipes the dough in a chef’s uniform.
“Uncle Snoop” continues to entertain its fans with colorful Instagram videos, sports commentary and shows like Martha & Snoops Potluck Dinner Party. In the meantime, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle has never made it onto a streaming platform. The complications resulting from licensing the soundtrack, which is full of hits from artists like Ja Rule and Sean Paul, likely mean the series continues to remain in the dark.
Still, when I get a little high, I sometimes remember the weird time when Snoop Dogg starred on a surprisingly decent sketch comedy show. While I can’t find many to remember, it doesn’t matter. It feels like the show was made just for me personally. I like to think of it as a gift from the universe or maybe the patron saint of stoners everywhere, Bigg Snoop Dogg himself.
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