Everything I know about the number one sitcom in America, CBS' Two And A Half Men, I've gleaned from commercials and half of an episode watched (without headphones) on an airplane. Here's what I've gathered: Modern-day odd couple raises a kid, Jon Cryer's character gesticulates a lot, the kid eats a lot (fat = funny!), and the desperation behind Charlie Sheen's dead, dead eyes might as well be a fourth lead character.
But despite my advanced studies into the show (probably 15 minutes altogether, most of it without sound, the rest of it 30-second ads), I still have many questions about Two And A Half Men, like "Why?" "Can this be stopped?" and "Where, besides re-runs of My Two Dads, do the writers get their inspiration?"
Today, while reading the Daily News, I got an answer to that last question. Apparently, many of the show's red-hot zingers are based on Charlie Sheen's personal, prostitute-filled life. Why, they've made fun of his love of escort services (ZING!), and his weird, needlessly murderous relationship with a Real Doll. What? Yes:
Clearly, this is why Two And A Half Men is the number one TV comedy in the country: Charlie Sheen is a fountain of hilarious, sitcom-ready material. This week, it's a passing reference to escorts, or a remark about an inflatable sex doll. But pretty soon it'll be a barbed quip like, "Why don't you cut off my hand and throw me in a Dumpster, then?" or Sheen's character wearing a "No Bald Chicks" t-shirt, or a hilarious scene where Sheen's character lovingly teaches the fat kid how to dismember his very first Real Doll.