Tyler Perry’s definition of “comedy” is “very special”

You might think a movie called Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, featuring posters of Madea going to jail and a trailer focusing on Madea going to jail, would actually revolve around this central plot point. Of course, fans of Perry's work probably have not been so surprised (well, maybe just a little, but in that Charlie Brown getting the football pulled away from him by Lucy way) to see the film is really more about serious matters and sermonizing and learning a life lesson or two by helping a prostitute. UPDATE: Perry was the only one laughing all of the way to the bank when the movie took in $41 million in its opening weekend. TBS is celebrating this occasion with a 24-hour marathon, starting at 8 p.m. tonight, of Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, and two airings of Diary of a Black Mad Woman. I already have watched the first 10 episodes of Meet the Browns, to spare you from the heartbreak you'll certainly feel while wondering where the "comedy" is in this situational comedy. Among the topics they ha-ha about: Post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide, adultery, homophobia. Brown jokes about Madea being a man, even though he had sex with her, since Cora is his daughter, although in real life, they are married. Now this is a show with daddy issues. Also,...

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