With the recent announcement from co-creators Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello that Strangers with Candy, Comedy Central’s late-90s cult classic, will never be resurrected in any way, SWC fans are mourning the loss of Jerri Blank and her excellent taste in whack-ass jewelry. Maybe Jerri has gone back to performing her famous donkey shows in Tijuana; or perhaps she’s finally actualized her “dream” of working in the Artificial Flower Factory. Regardless, we’re sorry to see Blank & co. go for good, but after three seasons and one feature film, it’s hard to complain about the lack of great memories with the world’s most beloved junkie-whore.
In honor of Jerri, Geoffrey Jellineck, Chuck Noblet (young Stephen Colbert, long before he was STEPHEN COLBERT), Principal Blackman, and all our Flatpoint friends, let’s look back fondly on some of our favorite SWC moments. It’ll be just like flipping through one incredibly fucked up yearbook. (Be sure to rub some glint on your lips before proceeding).
On career day at school, Jerri is determined to find out what her dreams are. We’re not sure about dreams, but that massive ‘stache on Noblet is the stuff of nightmares:
From the very first episode, Jerri Blank was doing the wrong things the right way. Shelly the turtle was such a good-sport-tortoise:
In our humble opinion, Stephen Colbert should have won an Emmy for this episode. Beleaguered angst to the max!
“You know, when I was in high school, I was elected queen of the honor roll.” This episode is Sarah Blank’s Sunset Boulevard performance:
If there’s a greater sequence in TV history than Alan “Father” Tudyk descending from the heavens wearing Jesus sandals, I don’t want to know about it:
“Noblet! Hop in this sack and call me daddy.” This is the surprisingly sweet episode where Jerri loses her father to ravenous wild dogs, then tries to do his memory proud by winning the father-student potato sack race:
One of the best SWC guest appearances comes courtesy of Tim Meadows, who plays grief counselor Percy Kittens:
Personally, my favorite episode is “To Be Young, Gifted, and Blank.” Every joke and gag hits in just the right places, and the three-way chemistry between old friends Colbert, Sedaris, and Dinello is beyond evident in each of the sequences here:
“Jerri, what does V-I-C-T-O-R-Y spell?” “….hobo camp?” In the episode where Jerri is revealed to be illiterate, Noblet takes on the Anne Sullivan Miracle Worker role and teaches Jerri to read. The teacher-pupil breakthrough scenes feels very, well, V-I-C-T-O-R-I-O-U-S:
And finally, perhaps one of Jerri Blank’s proudest moments: winning the title of Lady of the Bogey Nights Golf Dance. Bless you, Blank. We’ll never forget you: