A primer on FX’s animated absurdity


When FX debuted its first two original comedy series in 2005, the network immediately set its tone for humor: absurd, edgy and darkly funny. Though “Starved,” following four friends with eating disorders, was soon canceled, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” about a group of degenerate pals running a bar in South Philly, is a cult hit entering its tenth season.

The cartoonish depravity of the “Sunny” gang has become an FX comedy hallmark of sorts; fittingly, two animated series, “Archer” and “Chozen,” are keeping that tradition strong. Here’s a primer on the latest in the network’s lineup of bizarre hilarity.



Why we’re watching
Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin, a.k.a. the voice of the can of veggies from “Wet Hot American Summer,” among many, many other roles) is a James Bond type who works for the spy organization ISIS, run by his mother (Jessica Walter). It’s a high-stakes workplace comedy — except this season, the FBI  has shut down the ISIS offices, and the team is now operating as a drug cartel. “International spying is very similar to international drug-dealing,” Benjamin wryly points out.

Yeah, they went there
Lana (Aisha Tyler), Archer’s partner/sometimes girlfriend, is pregnant, but the team’s most competent spy continues to put herself in harm’s way for the sake of her coworkers. “We have an awesome baby shower for her,” hints executive producer Matt Thompson. “Kenny Loggins is involved.” Adds series creator Adam Reed: “He plays a terrible, bastardy version of himself. “He calls himself K-Log.”
“Archer” airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on FX.

¶ñ?ÊÑUHlsíŽÞÁq۟ì ~wö×oýù³%ѾÇgÿÙ8BIM


Why we’re watching
Chozen (Bobby Moynihan) is a wannabe rapper who is trying to assimilate back into society after a 10-year prison stint. The lyrics resulting from Chozen’s journey are nothing short of ridiculous. “I like [the song] ‘Sex and Murder’ — you know, dead people have sex and then they murder,” says Method Man, who voices the character Phantasm, but leaves the songwriting and rapping to the show’s creator, Grant Dekernion. “That’s cold blooded.”

Yeah, they went there
The fact that Chozen happens to be a white gay rapper opens the door for even more politically incorrect jokes. Method Man says that’s partially why he joined the show. “It’s making fun of hip hop. It’s making fun of gay people,” he says. “It’s making fun of just the audacity of some of the artists that think they’re … on these pedestals and nothing can touch them. You gotta knock people off their horse every now and then, you know?”

Why it Works
“Chozen” producer Danny McBride says he loves creating “dangerous comedy” that takes characters the audience typically wouldn’t root for and peels away layers to reveal truths that make them relatable. “If you can get people laughing at stuff that they really normally don’t laugh at, I think there’s something divine in that,” he says.

“Chozen” airs Mondays at 10:30 p.m. FX.


Dr. Dre is king of hip hop with…

With $620 million in estimated pre-tax earnings, veteran rapper and record producer Dr. Dre topped Forbes list as the highest paid hip hop artist, ousting Sean "Diddy" Combs from the…


Bin Laden son-in-law sentenced to life in U.S.…

A seemingly unrepentant Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in New York following his conviction on terrorism charges.


Inside the UN Climate Summit

First Avenue was a sea of blue suits, black Suburbans and countless officers from multiple security agencies Tuesday as the United Nations representatives met to…


Bloomberg: Going green will grant you longer life…

Former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg tells Metro that cities are where fighting global warming can make a difference, and increase people’s lifespan.


Craig Ferguson wants you to see his new…

Craig Ferguson thinks his new game show will become "a comedy show in which a game is played and money is won."


Anthony Anderson on dealing with your 'ish'

Anthony Anderson discusses finding the humor in his "Black-ish" family.


Photos: See who Robert Pattinson was caught holding…

Robert Pattinson has a new girlfriend.

The Word

The Word: Kris and Bruce Jenner's predictably public…

They said it wouldn't last — mostly because of that separation almost a year ago. And now, more than a year later, Kris and Bruce…


Bud Selig honors Derek Jeter as both prepare…

Bud Selig’s 22-year reign as commissioner will end Sunday, and while it’s had its share of negative moments, it also had Derek Jeter.


Column: Geno Smith not the answer for Jets…

There were highs for Jets quarterback Geno Smith in Monday night’s loss to the Bears and there were incredible lows.


3 things that went right in Jets loss…

It wasn't the result the Jets wanted, a 27-19 loss to the Bears, but this team deserves some credit.


Here's the 8 best and worst sporting goodbyes

With Derek Jeter set to retire following the 2014 Major League Baseball season, we look back at some of the great and not-so-great sporting goodbyes.


NYC fall real estate hot list

The upcoming developments and areas everyone's buzzing about.


Milan Fashion Week shows the best of Italian…

Metro rounds up the cut of the collections at Milan Fashion Week.


The 2014 Maker Faire saw robots, printers and…

Got a broken button maker? There’s a fix for that – and Tony Stanzione of the Fixers’ Collective says he can show you how.


First look: Uniqlo's fall/winter 2014 kids collection

Get a sneak peek at Uniqlo's kids and babies fall/winter 2014 line.