The guys of the hip-hop collective Odd Future have a full-blown music career going and a TV show on the side. But now that Cartoon Network's Adult Swim has announced its decision to give the series "Loiter Squad" a second season, those TV careers could start taking up a lot more time.
"Loiter Squad" is a semi-sketch, semi-stunt mash-up of "Jackass" and "Chappelle's Show" starring Odd Future mastermind Tyler Okonma (Tyler, the Creator) as well as Odd Future cohorts Davon Wilson (Jasper Dolphin), Jason Keininger, Travis Bennet (Taco) and Lionel Boyce (L-Boy). Together they put out a scattershot collection of gags, stunts and spoofs that come at a rapid clip. Depending on whom you ask, they are either brilliantly funny or the stupidest things ever shown on TV. Discussion in the Twitter-sphere seems evenly divided.
Wilson says, "Basically me and my man Tyler wanted to make a show about random [stuff] that pops into our heads."
And they have. From a recurring "Cops" parody called "Black Cops" to "hidden cameraman on the street" hijinks to holding a stack of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the side of a guy's head while the other person punches him, there's no real rhyme or reason to what appears on the show. Nothing connects to the next thing and there's no apparent theme. There are some limits, however.
"Everything we wanted to do [Cartoon Network] let us, except for one thing. But I might as well not bring that up because it'll make me look crazy," Wilson said.
Without much prompting, he elaborated.
"I wanted to make a skit about a son raping a dad. The dad's all sad and the mom don’t believe it because the son is 6 and the dad’s a grown ... brother. They said we can't go into the rape thing. It'd be weird."
The "Loiter Squad" guys continue to participate in Odd Future, which shares Tyler, the Creator as a main orchestrator. Several of the man-on-the-street sketches were filmed while the group was on tour last year. And by their own admission, the stunts they film for the show would be things they'd film amongst themselves anyway, just for a laugh. The only difference now is that they have money for costumes.
"I was thinking people would say, 'What is this? This is stupid,'" Wilson says. "I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks dumb ... is funny."
The show is very reminiscent of "Jackass," but it's not exactly by chance. "Loiter Squad" is produced by Dickhouse Productions -- also the company behind "Jackass" -- and both Johnny Knoxville and Bam Margera made appearances during the first season.
Of "Jackass" comparisons, Boyce says: "I honestly thought before we started filming it would be along the lines of 'Grey's Anatomy' or 'Moesha' or something like that. But it came out different."
The first season is currently airing on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block Sundays at 11:30 p.m.
-- Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: A sketch from "Loiter Squad." Credit: Cartoon Network