Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What's Goin' On: Outsourced

We find this comedy about an American manager who has been sent to India to manage his company's novelty business telephone room pretty amusing. Although the novelty items for sale are highly sexualized and crude ... which is not very amusing ... there is a sweetness and innocence about many of the cultural misconceptions and miscommunications. As Tom said, it is that innocence that makes the best comedy.


  1. My wife and I enjoy this show very much! We even rented the movie. If you haven't seen it, you should give it a look.

  2. I've seen the bumpers for this show a lot, as a fan of 30 Rock and Community, and every time I see them, I get so annoyed that someone would make a show about this--outsourcing--considering that so many people have been put out of work because of it. In publishing, it's ridiculously rampant. Most of the copyeditors and proofreaders I work with now are all in India. And it's just sad... to even consider laughing about it feels wrong to me.

    Not to judge anyone who finds the show amusing. :)

    I'm just curious if anyone else has had the same thought.

  3. Diana.... I had the same thought when I've seen the preview - should I laugh about this topic or not?

    My only other thought is that most comedy has an element of truth to it that makes it funny...

  4. More than anything is it about cultural miscommunications. Which is funny no matter what the circumstances.

    Did Hogan's Heroes upset some people? Possibly. But it was still funny.

  5. Good point, Julie.
    I loved Hogan's Heroes... lol. Maybe I'll give this show a chance.