At first glance, FXX’s Cake looks like the kind of trip one might pay a street pharmacist top dollar for the privilege of experiencing. There’s psychedelic imagery, bright colors and hilarious jokes wrapped in abstract visual concepts. Beyond that entertaining aesthetic, though, is a collection of surprisingly honest and raw material. Featuring both live-action and various types of animation, Cake is a showcase of comedic talent from a variety of sources and has the feel of a curated YouTube playlist. Much like how an actual cake is constructed and consumed, each of these bite-sized shorts are available as individual “slices” on FXNOW, as well as part of the collective weekly showcase telecast every Wednesday night, but do these pieces work better as individual snacks or as part of the whole pastry?
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