Get ready for another helping of... FOOD PARTY, THE IFC ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES
NEW SEASON DEBUTS TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010 @ 10:00 PM ET/PT
"poetic, goofy, beautiful, strange"
"a foodie with a taste for the surreal"
-New York Times
"almost too good to be true"
FOOD PARTY, the fantastical, food-centric IFC Original Comedy series created and hosted by Brooklyn fringe artist Thu Tran and her motley mix of unruly puppets, returns to IFC April 27, 2010 at 10:00 pm ET/PT. The comedy's hallucinatory hijinks will be served in 20 all-new 15-minute episodes, two episodes airing back-to-back during IFC's AUTOMAT programming block, followed by new episodes of DINNER WITH THE BAND.
The show the Los Angeles Times recently named one of the top 10 things on TV in 2009 and "easily the most exciting thing I saw this year," is best described as a psychedelic melding of Pee Wee's Playhouse and Rachael Ray with a dash of J-Horror vibe. FOOD PARTY is shot on location in Brooklyn, NY in a handmade, technicolor cardboard kitchen, with each episode a new gastronomical misadventure. As Thu interacts with a cavalcade of puppets, humans, baked goods and vegetables, the gang embarks on journeys to bizarre and unexpected lands.
This season, Thu will mix it up in a brand new cardboard kitchen with returning friends "Monsieur Baguette" and "Ice Cream Cone," and new friends "Grape Jenny," "Egg Wizard" and "King of the Universe," among others. The season will also feature food-inspired art videos from Miho Hatori of the funk group Cibo Matto.
In their surreal live-action cartoon-like universe, Thu and friends create out-of-this-world delicacies with ingredients commonly found in the average kitchen including pretzel rods, Ostrich eggs, chicken wings, caramel pork chops, nuts, bizarre plot twists, MSG, pizza and love.
FOOD PARTY's humble origins began in Cleveland, where Thu and a group of fellow grads from the Cleveland Institute of Art rented an inexpensive studio and began working on a public-access-inspired cooking show with puppets. After posting two episodes online, Thu relocated to Brooklyn and expanded her artistic vision for the show. The series soon attracted an online audience and features in New York Magazine's Grub Street section and the popular blog Gothamist led to more wide-spread attention. FOOD PARTY also won the "Outside of the Box" prize at the 2008 NY Television Festival, a new award given to the most innovative and genre-expanding pilot in competition.