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Early Bonnie Hunt Show Impressions

by Mindy Monez September 9, 2008 2:49 pm
Early <I>Bonnie Hunt Show</I> Impressions As an unabashed, longtime Bonnie Hunt enthusiast, I decided to disregard yesterday's premiere of The Bonnie Hunt Show in favor of today's episode for blog purposes, partly because Hunt seemed really nervous for the whole first episode and not entirely herself, and partly because the lunatic impression/accent generator on speed that is Robin Williams on a talk show annoyingly took up most of it. Bonnie seemed much more relaxed today during both her monologue (which she does sitting behind a desk that is so low it's distracting) and her interview with the fabulous Swoosie Kurtz, who I'd wager is a lot less frustrating to interview than Robin Williams.

Overall, I think the show has promise, and I'm not just saying that as a Bonnie Hunt fan; I'm also saying it as an Ellen hater. I know she has her die hard fans, but if Ellen's segments irk you as much as they do me, this show is a nice alternative. In short, I am so, so glad there's no inexplicable dancing on this show. A quick rundown of some more Bonnie Hunt Show highlights, as I see them:

-- If you have something against the Midwest, be warned -- Bonnie's Chicago accent is pretty thick. But I like it.
-- Her set has a cool fire pole! And her guests enter from the top of a platform that offers two options: either walk down the stairs to talk to Bonnie and be boring, or slide down the fireman's pole like a Ghostbuster. Oddly, Robin Williams, Joe Mantegna and Swoosie Kurtz didn't go for the Ghostbuster option, but you know someone will eventually choose the fire pole and it will epitomize TV excellence.
-- Skeletons make her laugh! Me too!
-- Today we met an adorable hipster producer named Leif, who donned a pair of Bonnie's mom jeans for a gag and made me giggle. He also gracefully pranced about like Hipsters on Ice. I hope we see more of this guy; I see him having Houston potential.
-- Bonnie Hunt has the most soothing singing voice I've ever heard in my life. I think it hypnotized me. It was like being wrapped up in a warm blanket knitted from Eydie Gormè records, hot toddies and Frank Capra movies. Though it was so finely crafted, it may have secretly programmed me to kill.

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