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December 03, 2005

Al in the Family, I Kid You Not

By Pepper of the Daily Pepper

That's what Al Sharpton is calling his new sitcom. Yes, Al Sharpton is working on a pilot for his own sitcom.

The move to television was inevitable, as Sharpton appeared on Saturday Night Live during his presidential run. One of the skits featured him as a sushi hut proprietor, and the cast danced behind him, crooning about Sharpton's Casa de Sushi.

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(Image from the unbelieveably comprehensive Amy Poehler fan site.)

During the debates, he was best known for quotable states such as, "I'm gonna ride this donkey all the way to the White House!" Lately, he's been seen dancing up a storm for NYC mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer.

The salsa dance, which you really must see if you haven't yet, must have pushed a network exec into a frenzy thinking up ideas for Sharpton. Based on the title alone, the sitcom will be a takeoff of "All in the Family," with Sharpton as Archie Bunker. The best part of all is the rumored existence of a Republican son:

Asked if one of his children was a Republican on the show, the man who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 said the producers asked him not to give away too many plot details, "but you can assume something like that."

Instead of "Meathead," we're going to get "Bonehead," "Egghead," or "Jughead." And which Hollywood actress is willing to play Sharpton's Edith?

As a reality-TV critic, I'm a little disappointed because I was hoping that Sharpton would take a place on a VH1 "Celebreality" series. Can you imagine him duking it out with Tawny Kitaen on the next season of the "Surreal Life"? Or sweating it out with Kelly LeBrock on "Celebrity Fit Club"? That might mine even more comic gold than a garden-variety sitcom. Sharpton's agent, are you listening?

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Oy. Sharpton. Will Tamara Brawley do any guest spots?

Posted by: The Heretik | Dec 3, 2005 6:16:16 PM

Please, please, please tell me there is a larger version of that picture available...been looking but no joy. Pirate Al Sharpton is something I need more of in my life.

Posted by: TheDeadlyShoe | Dec 3, 2005 6:23:03 PM

Alas, there is not. It's a screencap from the Amy Poehler fan site, and it was the best I could find. I looked on Yahoo!'s image search under "Sharpton" and "sushi." Lemme tell ya, that will limit the search field!

There is also a terrific screengrab floating around in cyberspace of Sharpton standing beside Tracy Morgan, who is dressed as Sharpton in the 80s. It's a thing of beauty.

Posted by: Pepper | Dec 3, 2005 10:04:57 PM

Reality TV might be comic gold. But I have just one word for you. Residuals.

Posted by: nadehzda | Dec 3, 2005 11:44:06 PM

He's like... David Lynch, really. In either case, just put the man in front of a microphone and let it go.

He'd make the best press secretary in United States political history, too, if he'd deign to take on the role.

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