The Tone of the Show

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The show can be broken up into two parts: The Variety Hour parts and Regular Life in Hazelwood parts


The tone of The Variety Hour is more abrupt, cerebral, and bizarre.


The tone of Regular Life in Hazelwood is brighter and more relationship-centered. That being said, bizarre stuff sometimes happens in these parts too.


Every episode starts (after the cold open and title sequence) at The Variety Hour, usually “on air”. At least one guest is brought out by Pinto and this guest serves to introduce the main theme of the episode. The variety show guests can be outlandish in the extreme.


The tone of the “on air” portions of The Variety Hour hearkens back to old TV variety shows of the past like The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour or The Ed Sullivan Show. Pinto often engages in stylized banter with the house band leader Smee. Pinto tries to be the affable host even with a barrage of awful guests. 


The tone of the Regular Life in Hazelwood is more like a sitcom. It’s bizarre (since Hazelwood is populated by talking beans, rodents, and lizards) but it’s not cynical. Conversational with a positive core.