‘TUBBE’ both absurd and oddly sincere

The Lonely Island is a comedic musical group made up of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone whose style follows a similar vein to classic comedic duo Flight of the Concords or, more locally, the Brothers Streep. One thing that makes Lonely Island stand out is their willingness to experiment and their latest project, a “visual poem” released on Netflix, called The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience (TUBBE), is the best example of this.

TUBBE is a very loose adaptation of the lives of 1980s baseball stars Jose Canseco (played by Samberg) and Mark McGuire (played by Schaffer). The two became famous for their incredible baseball skills and later for their involvement in a massive steroid scandal.

You don’t need to know anything about the real-life events that inspired this work – in fact, it probably helps if you don’t – because Lonely Island’s talent for over-the-top humour, combined with their famous catchy beats, ensures you’ll be jamming along – even as Samberg and Schaffer sing about the joys of steroids and their crippling daddy issues.

It’s not just the music that’s enjoyable. The Lonely Island crew have proven their acting chops multiple times, either during their time at SNL or in films, such as like Hot Rod and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and they bring that same energy to TUBBE, managing to be both absurd and yet oddly sincere when it counts.

The whole film is only 27 minutes long, so if you get the chance, definitely check it out.


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