Dinner with the Dwyers (Short, 2016)
Starring Tiffani Fest, Felissa Rose, Marv Blauvelt, Jared Michael Degado
Directed by Edward Payson
Over the course of television sitcom history, there certainly have been some “edgy” families – we’ve had The Bunkers, The Bundys… hell, even The Bradys were a little risqué in their time (okay, I’m stretching a BIT with that last one). However, I do believe it’s due time for those clans to take a backseat to what just might be the most homicidally accurate family to ever tweak the American dream. Ladies and gentlemen, I present The Dwyers.
Directed by Edward Payson and with an assistant producing credit from Tiffani Fest (who also stars and wrote music for the short, which Marv Blauvelt produced and co-wrote with Payson and Trevor Wright), Dinner with the Dwyers takes us inside the living room of the Dwyers (Rose and Blauvelt) – a married couple who eagerly await the arrival of their daughter (Fest) and her new boyfriend (Degado). Now, while most guys will try to impress their girl’s Mom and Dad with facts and figures about how much they make or what kind of job they’re holding down, this muscular madman coyly speaks about the ever-growing number of murders he’s committed, and the Mr. and Mrs. are only too happy to hear all about it.
As the introductions turn to mealtime, Mother Dwyer’s having quite the issue keeping her hands (and feet) off her daughter’s beau, all the while Mr. Dwyer’s first reaction towards the new fella is less than favorable. Humorous stories of bare-handed kills and bedroom trysts are interwoven with the goofy laugh-tracks that used to infiltrate the old comedies of yesteryear television, and honestly, it’s a really fun touch.
While speaking with Ms. Fest regarding this project, we learned the production team is currently searching for an investor to fund the undertaking so that they may hopefully move this towards more episodes in the future. It’s the rewarding blend of horror/comedy that works well, and the delivery is meant to make people laugh with, as well as at, the display. Come on, a sitcom about a family of serial killers? Who wouldn’t want this to succeed?
The only thing better than the subject matter is the quality of the performances, with Blauvelt setting up the jokes as the straight man, Rose as the overly horny Mom, and Fest as the daughter who just wants her boyfriend to be accepted. On a side note, these two ladies are so mind-numbingly alluring to set eyes upon, it makes the entire presentation that much more enticing to check out, already aside from their entertaining on-screen relationship.
Overall, I can definitely recommend this short to interested viewers who want a little manslaughter served up with their supper. Seconds, anyone?