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Jena Friedman is as dark and fearless as ever on her new special Soft Focus, a satirical magazine-style show debuting Sunday on Adult Swim. The comedy is reminiscent of her work as a writer for The Daily Show but manages to top some of its most outrageous moments.
Friedman’s fans already know that she’s never been one to shy away from controversy (as evidenced by her recent standup set on Conan) and it appears Cartoon Network didn’t try to reign the comedian in one bit on her shocking and hilarious half-hour special.
In the first segment Friedman attempts to teach a group of frat guys about the importance of consent by making them carry around sex dolls, in much the same way high schools make teenagers carry around baby dolls to teach them about parenthood. While the boys do their best to keep the dolls safe, things do end up getting a little messy.
In the second segment, Friedman interviews Gilberto Valle the “Cannibal Cop,” a New York City police officer who was convicted of a conspiracy to kidnap, cook, and eat women. Valle’s conviction was later overturned by the judge in the case, but he remains an imposing and creepy subject.
Somehow Friedman manages to make the interview funny, although no less disturbing, and as if the whole concept wasn’t bizarre enough, she finds a way to take things to a whole other level by the end. (We won’t spoil it for you, but suffice to say, it doesn’t get less weird.)
Friedman emailed with the Daily Dot about the show, and what compels her to make this kind of comedy.
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.