Moshe Nussbaum presents his "outline" from "Wonderful Land", March 15, 2023 (Archive 12)
The countdown has already begun and it's only a matter of time until we all talk about the first anti-coup protester who paid with his life.
Yesterday in "Wonderful Land" we got the optimistic scenario - yes, without quotation marks.
According to the scenario presented in the opening sketch, in which Yaniv Biton played the first protester to die, his death will mean that the madness that has been going on here for the past few months will stop and this nation - which is currently more divided than tribes in "Survival" - will enter into a healing process.
This skit enters directly into the pantheon of moments when "Eretz" did not try to be funny but simply to protest and she succeeded with an accurate punch to the stomach, somewhere between the stomach and the diaphragm, after which it was a little difficult to breathe.
Last time it happened to me with the skit "Reenacting the Rabin Murder" which brought the characters of Smotrich, Strock and Ben Gvir (Gia Bar Gurevich, Alma Zak and Shahar Hasson), in a twisted role play that the only thing more delusional than reality itself.
The truth is, if you saw any news yesterday (not including Channel 14's alternative reality edition) you know that this death, which is just waiting to happen, will probably be just the first of many.
In our reality, where satire may soon be outlawed (assuming it didn't happen before these lines were published), "Amazing Country" has more importance than ever to express a position and protest, but it seems that its writers are still trying to walk the fine line between protest and humor.
The atmosphere of civil war in the air makes Kitzis' mythological closing words "We have a great country" feel empty of content.
Among a host of personal laws passed daily to serve politicians who are ex-criminals, future or 'just' criminals in the present, the day is not far when the program will change its name to "Eretz Absent" and will be broadcast from an underground frequency that the government will not be able to control.
The difficulty of laughing was especially noticeable in the political panel that took up a significant part of yesterday's program and presented the most prominent MKs (no, not for the better) from the coalition in another show of trolling. We had Bibi there (whose fatigue is also visible on Mariano), the chairman of the Constitution Committee Simcha Rothman (Uri Lazerovich manages to be almost as creepy as the man himself) and the 'stars' of the moment: Dodi Amsalem (the most successful version of Finish), Tali Gottlieb (an excellent character of Liat Har-Lev), Miri Regev (Yuval Samo) Varya Deri (a tone that never stops shining).
In any other situation, it was an excellent panel of "Eretz", the ideas were good: Miri Regev as a reserve recruiter ("I talked to 8200, eight said they would come, two hundred didn't"), Amsalem and Gottlieb as failed theater actors and the punches were accurate ("Mom, you promised us Aryeh Deri sings to sit"), but the truth is that reality neutralized any ability to laugh.
No matter how far the writers of Eretz go,
And speaking of trolling - the characters of Ben Gvir (Hasson) and Bat Gvir (Tom Yaer), who are sure to be loved by the young viewers at least as much as the Minister himself is loved on Tiktok, feel unnecessary and above all give another platform to those who somehow manage to dominate the public agenda.
Just yesterday the (real) minister overturned the electronic shackle law designed to prevent violence by men against their partners (since the beginning of the year five women have been murdered in Israel) and here at a quarter to nine he arrives in "Eretz" with a pita on his head and his speech is slow and threatening and turns into a star that entertains Children and Youth.
Maybe it's time for Molly Segev and the show's writing team to give us a break from this man and cut him from the lineup.
Just like they did yesterday with all the figures of the members of the opposition who didn't get even one frame and proved how non-dominant they are in the protest that is now happening in the streets.
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The skit with the character of Ivri Lider (the talented Roi Bar Natan), who came to the studio in the democracy dress with which he walked in the fashion week, was a little streaky.
The statement behind it was true and spot on - it's time for Israeli artists to take a firm stand against what's happening here, but just like the protests of the artists themselves, the skit was a bit fluff.
On the other hand, the sketch of the Israeli bills that are having a conversation about their loss of value provided old school satire that hit the nail on the head.
But the good surprise of the program came precisely at the moment that "Ertez" did its most "archy" act and used "Sabri Marnan" to talk about the Israeli families that are splitting up following the protest.
Mihoram Gaon (Zarhovich the Gaon), through the fantastic Sandra Sde of Alma Zeke and even Rotem Abuhav of Tom Yaer, towards the end of the program we finally got it - a satire that manages to make us laugh and not depress.
And yes, I wrote the words "sabry meranan" and "funny" in the same sentence, these are unusual days.