pretty – especially when it’s your own species. Especially
when it’s caused by your own excess. Especially when
it’s caused by … Muffins?
Muffin Man is
our future. It is the future we are creating with our
insatiable love for processed food, video games, and
SUV’s. The key word in this future is: excess.
Combining the humor of Woody Allen’s Sleeper, with
a touch of the Discovery Channel, Jessica Eisner M.
D., has written a screenplay that is uncomfortably hilarious.
Muffin Man is a “Mockumentary” of the downfall
of the human species due to our social excesses (mostly
over-eating). Thousands of years in the future, anthropologists
from a distant galaxy are studying the ancient planet,
Earth. Presented as a history lesson, the story follows
the evolution of the human race from Homo Sapiens (Modern
Man) to Homo Twinkus (also known as … “Muffin Man”),
while simultaneously interweaving an age-old love story:
Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl's
abusive ex-boyfriend tries to steal girl back. Boy fights
ex-boyfriend and wins his love's heart. Boy has ill-fated
encounter with one too many donuts.
discovery the aliens in Muffin Man piece together our
story of extinction by consumption.
tackles excess with truthfulness and great humor. She
does not shy away from mocking our over abundant lifestyle.
In smart and clever ways she points out our inability
to control our dangerous urges.
We live in a
world where a record number of Americans are overweight
– and the rest of the world is catching up fast. We
are living in a time when food is abundant and omnipresent.
Unfortunately, our bodies have not evolved to accept
these fabricated foods and certainly not in the quantities
This mockumentary suggests that
in fifty years we are still struggling with this “evolutionary”
As with many anthropological reconstructions
of an unknown civilization, the alien scientists in
Muffin Man are bound to get a few things wrong … and
therein lies the opportunity for great humor. Problem
solving is demonstrated by the ability to get every
potato chip crumb out of a can. Religious constructs
are interpreted as originating from cheese (e.g. the
garden of Edam). And Thanksgiving is followed by National
But don’t get too comfortable.
Eisner tackles all our excesses: Prisons, plastic surgery,
wealth, poverty, war, religion, and entertainment.
So for only fifty cents more, super size that Coke,
get a bucket of popcorn covered in a buttery flavored
product, take a seat and be prepared to laugh your big,
fat ass off.
Anthropologists find evidence
of strange burial rituals on planet earth
Jack makes Sushi Muffins
Jack's Girlfriend, Hope
Jack's sex thang, Pumpkin
cheer him on