Don’t look now Baltimore, but it’s that time of year again. That time when our web browsers and social media feeds, not to mention our actual streets are clogged to the gills with rich suburbanites pretending to be working class city folk by wrapping themselves in cheap plastic boas and cat’s eye glasses.
Yes it is time for the fest that dare not speak its name. We’ll be staying the hell out of Hampden this weekend, thank you very much. Instead we’re opting to take part in a real old fashioned Baltimore tradition: the Fell’s Point Bachelor Party.
And right in time for the Debacle on 36th Street we’d like to introduce you to Krystal. Not that you need much of an introduction. If you’re from Baltimore you’ve known Krystal your whole life. She’s your aunt, your neighbor across the alley, the the woman you’re standing in line behind at the bank.
Above is the first installment of a 16 part Youtube series from local media production firm WE WILL KILL. As near as we can tell, they produced and uploaded them all in one big Netflix style chunk a couple weeks ago and they haven’t gone quite viral yet.
We’ll admit that our initial reaction was something along the lines of “Oh great, more Hon nonsense. Hasn’t this been done to death? Can’t people give it a rest already? But after we got into the third or fourth of these very brief episodes we had changed our mind and become hooked.
The jokes here are punchy and funny in their own right, but most of the humor is derived from the overall tone. When Krystal is yelling at the dogs to quiet down in episode 5, it’s not the cheap pun on the word ‘Muffin’ that had us laughing out loud, but the perfect comedic timing of switching between yelling at the dogs and talking to polite company. To anyone who grew up here it’s going to sound pitch perfect.
And there are many similar moments throughout the series, which we watched in one big marathon romp all the way through. We suggest you do the same. If you’re like us, you’ll probably come to love Krystal as much as she loves Keith Mills.