Kanye West's 'Alligator Boots' was the Comedy Central hit that we never saw
The biggest buzz in television this week is for a Kanye West project for Comedy Central called Alligator Boots, which is described in behind-the-scenes footage as The Muppet Show with "hip-hop flavor." It features an oversexed ursine puppet named Beary White, a rap song called Baby in the Club and Kim Kardashian in Princess Leia's Return of the Jedi slave getup. Too bad it was planned back in 2008 and never aired.
Word from website TheVine says the show was conceived during Late Registration-era Kanye, who wanted to make a show like Comedy Central's Crank Yankers. So he and Rhymefest called up the prank show's Jackhole Industries, run by Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison and pitched the borderline NSFW show, which would notably poke fun at West's outsized ego. A pilot was made but rejected by the network, probably because they were busy showing reruns of The Daily Show.
The footage arrived on YouTube this week (watch it above), and while word has it the promotional material for the pilot was horrible back in the day, this show looks at least as good as Tosh.0. Also funny: The rapper Pork Troy, a famous rapper who is a pig, but no one notices "except for, like, smart people." Brilliant.