The official Cookin' Kitty calendar landed on my desk yesterday, a 12-month trip through verdant fields, serene beaches, and a 43-year-old man prancing around in fishnets and a cat costume. I spent yesterday and today moving from the calendar to the press release to clips of Shifterland and back again, and I still don't understand.
Shifterland is is a TV series created by Nick Shiflet (a.k.a. Cookin' Kitty). Every Tuesday night, he hosts the hour-long show on King County's public-access channel, SCAN-TV, (Comcast cable channel 77, Broadstripe channel 23) at 11 p.m. It is, without question, one of the most simultaneously confusing and amusing pieces of television I've ever seen.
Now, I don't profess to be a critic of art, so I can't critique Shiflet's convoluted vision. But I have been a bad show host. Heck, I've even hosted semi-nude. So I like to think I know a little something about being engaging on camera, which is to say I have what it takes to do the opposite. And Shiflet does, too. But there's an intangible line dividing good-bad and bad-bad, and I can't decide on which side the show lands.
As Cookin' Kitty, Shiflet spends his weekly hour teaching(?) viewers how to do things: properly taste wine, give tarot-card readings to alcoholic beverages, shoot semi-automatic weapons, exercise. But he's usually unfamiliar with the subject matter, which, as I said, might make the show quirky. And I like the concept in short clips; it's the length that does me in.
But I'll leave this up to you. I mean, the show has been on for two years and four months, so Shiflet has either received positive feedback from viewers or has ignored criticism. Or no one's watching. You tell us what Shifterland is. Is it art? Is it crap? As you watch the clips below, ask yourself, "Could I watch this for a solid hour?"