Remember when…all of America (all of America with access to YouTube, i.e., all of America) was laughing it up over a meme called “Shit [fill in the blank] say,” e.g., “Shit white people say,” “Shit project managers say,” probably “Shit girls who work at H&M say…” And then, inevitably, we got our own local version, “Shit Park Slope Parents say.” Written and acted by real-life couple, and recent Colorado transplants, Soren Kisiel and Katie Goodman, who crowd-sourced lines on local listserv -- and hotbed of impassioned political debate -- Park Slope Parents. “Shit Park Slope Parents Say” held up a slightly distorted mirror to our own brand of over-hyper, over-thought, over-organic and GMO-free, parenting style. And did we laugh! Oh, boy, we did, because we are good sports! Hahahaha! We have a sense of humor about ourselves! Hahahaha! And Kisiel and Goodman, both talented performers-slash-comedians were funny, and the dialogue was funny! And oh, yeah, we can laugh at ourselves! Hahahaha!
Well, Soren and Katie loved snarking on Park Slope so much they started a web series called Park Slope, USA. We share the pilot episode back in June and now they’re back with another installment, titled We Are What We Eat.
Okay, the performers are still funny, the lines are still good, but it feels a little, um, played now. Remember that Seinfeld episode where Jerry made up a voice for his girlfriend’s bellybutton, and then George and Kramer picked it up as a running joke, and they all bellowed, “Hell-O!” for a while 'til George and Kramer got bored of it, and Kramer decreed it “so… played.” I know, that’s a long way to go for a pop culture analogy, but “Park Slope” has been short-hand for a certain “life-style” and also a punch line for so long now, there’s very little new to add to the canon. It’s just heaping kale chips jokes upon P.S. 321 jokes upon Coop jokes, and we’ve not only heard them all before, we can write them ourselves now.
Now, “Shit People Who Moved from Park Slope Back to Manhattan Because the Rent in Brooklyn Is Too High Now” -- that I would tune in for.