Adult Swim Cancels Alt-Right Comedy Show Million Dollar Extreme After One Season
Adult Swim has canceled the show Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace after one season, Pitchfork is reporting. The sketch comedy series, spearheaded by the comedian Sam Hyde, has been widely criticized for its ties to alt-right politics.
The first episode features a sketch about using enforced bullying to help black students in “underperforming urban schools” boost their grades and root out “pathetic beta males,” and another about women who hire male prostitutes to enact their fantasies of being condescended to and ignored. MDE’s quick and unnerving edits, gross-out visuals, awkward anti-jokes, and deliberately overlong title all feel cribbed directly from Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, but the show is missing Tim and Eric’s crucial secret ingredient: actually being funny.
As Pitchfork notes, the comedian Brett Gelman recently ended his relationship with Adult Swim, in part for its green-lighting of Million Dollar Extreme. Incidentally, Tim Heidecker of Tim and Eric posted a statement of support for Gelman’s decision on Twitter.
Adult Swim offered no comment to SPIN regarding the cancellation.