• Wed, Feb 23 2011

Supermodel Heidi Klum’s ‘Seriously Funny Kids’ Show Is Seriously Dumb.

Look, true confession: I do not believe children are that unusually insightful.

I mean, I think they’re insightful probably to about the same degree adults are insightful. That is to say, sometimes they say things that make you view the world in a different way, and most of the time they do not, because much of their day is taken up with making demands and flailing their arms and eating paste (this is also true of adults). I don’t think children are un-insightful. But whenever television producers trot kids onstage to have them haltingly lisp something like “everybody… they should love each other” and the audience applauds wildly and the kid stands there beaming, I always think “no one is going to tell that kid Martin Luther King Jr. beat him to the punch? Really? No?”

Oh, fine, I’m a horrible person.

Well, you know what I thought was horrible? I thought it was horrible when children went and killed Piggy.

Anyhow, the premise of Klum’s Seriously Funny Kids show according to The Daily Mail, is that “the half-hour series follows Heidi as she interacts with children and brings out the hilarious and insightful things they say.”

I guess this kind of show can be funny if you have someone absolutely hilarious narrating. Like Bill Cosby. Bill Cosby did this and was funny, but Bill Cosby can do things like talk about cardigans and be hilarious.

But Heidi Klum – as far as I can tell - is not hilarious. She is many things. She is very beautiful. She seems very nice. She seems to have a very happy marriage. She is a very good model. She is also very good at saying goodbye to contestants on reality shows in a cold, detached way. But she does not strike me as laugh out loud funny, and Jesus Christ, watching her want to seem that way (check out the picture) just makes me deeply, deeply uncomfortable. It feels like attending amateur comedy night for a friend who just recently got divorced and is trying to come out their shell and  be “zany” and you are required to laugh at all their jokes. And then imagine that friend just hauled some children onstage to add to the merriment.

It’s like that.

And I don’t know what Heidi Klum is getting out of this. Did anyone really want to explore Klum’s comic side? Was this a sensible decision for her? I do not know. I doubt it, but I don’t know. I suppose, like William Golding’s Ralph I can only wonder, “What was the sensible thing to do? There was no Piggy to talk sense.”

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  • Manda

    When I saw that picture, I thought she was doing a tribute photo-shoot to The Joker, and something went horribly wrong. The truth is even scarier.

  • Nicole

    She’s a great mom is what i get from the show. And that she enjoys her life and can laugh at herself. And that kids are gullable and its funny to play pranks on them. I think shes doing this show more for her enjoyment then anything.

  • Trish

    I’m an avid fan of Project Runway, and I’ve seen Heidi on a few talk shows. I’ve always been impressed by her sense of humour in English, which is not her first language. I haven’t had the opportunity to see the show yet, but I see it as just another revamp of ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’, which was first developed by Art Linkletter. Shows like this aren’t entertaining because kids have some corner on the ‘insight’ market; it’s because they’re cute. That’s it. If you like kids, you’ll probably get some amusement out of the show; if not, don’t bother watching.

  • Kara

    I think that the show is adorable. The kids are authentic and Heidi relates to them really well. I think that she’s funny without being forced. She lets the kids be who they are and works with their natural comedic skills. Kids are funny by nature and the kids on the show are all excellent.

  • Leah

    I think that this show is HILARIOUS! I love Heidi Klum and her skills as a mom definitely shine through. I watch this show with my 5 year old and she loves it.

  • Bill McCosby

    This show makes me uncomfortable. Klum is not funny – at all. It’s amazing what attractive women can get away with. Stick to what you know, Heidi, looking good is your real talent. She seems like a great person, but has gone one-step too far. Someone needs to be honest with this girl, “you are not funny, people have always laughed at your jokes because you are crazy hot, not because you are funny.” Score one for attractive women, minus one for comedy.