There I was on Monday night doing something that I’d never done before and honestly thought I’d never do in my life … I was watching Adult Swim. And, I was doing it voluntarily.
Furthermore the show I was watching was something called “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” an idea that sounded like it surely must have been thought up by somebody on a bad LSD trip, or was it a good LSD trip? Anyway, it was basically Scooby Doo, but with Mike Tyson and it wasn’t half bad … and I wasn’t even high or drunk, like most of the Adult Swim audience.
Had I been it might have been even better.
“Mike Tyson Mysteries” follows retired boxer Mike Tyson (voiced by Tyson himself) in animation form as he and a group of other mystery lovers seek out and solve mysteries. There is his adopted daughter, Yung Hee Tyson (voiced by Rachel Ramras), the ghost of John Chambers the 9th Marques of Queensbury (voiced by Jim Rash), and a man turned pigeon whom simply goes by Pigeon (voiced by Norm Macdonald).
It’s Norm Macdonald’s involvement of the show that brought me to the first installment and the fact that it was only 15 minutes in length. I typically don’t go for this type of stuff, but love Macdonald’s style of sarcastic and witty humor. His performance as a drunken, womanizing pigeon didn’t disappoint and was no doubt the highlight of the episode for me.
But, I’d be lying if I said it was the only thing about the episode I enjoyed. I also enjoyed Rash’s character quite a bit, but not surprising to me, as I’ve enjoyed Rash’s other work on “Community.”
The whole show in itself was rather amusing in its absurdity poking fun at the personality and persona of Tyson, especially the way his mispronounces certain words.
The first plot has to do with a story famed novelist Cormac McCarthy is having trouble writing because a Chupacabra is causing trouble in the desert.
The funniest part of the first episode to me was Macdonald’s pigeon discussing his affinity for John Updike’s writing over McCarthy’s because McCarthy doesn’t write good sex scenes, whereas Updike writes the best. Something in Macdonald’s delivery has always captured my interest.
Tyson’s different pronunciation of Cormac McCarthy every time is quite comical, as well.
“Mike Tyson Mysteries” isn’t really my thing, despite including Macdonald, so I’m not sure I’m going to be sticking with it too long, but for what it aims to do it’s not half bad.