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Men in drag not too funny on ABC’s ‘Work It’



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‘WORK IT’ ★1/2

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Updated: January 9, 2013 4:14PM

The pilot of ABC’s new comedy “Work It” wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Let me follow that up by saying I thought it would be really, really, really bad.

The premise is a couple of beefy guys who lost their job at a Pontiac dealership resort to dressing up as women to land jobs selling pharmaceuticals. The drug company stopped hiring men because, as one blonde saleswoman put it, “the doctors seem to want to nail them less.”

“Work It,” premiering Tuesday, is the latest in a series of freshman sitcoms about the supposed emasculation of today’s males: “Last Man Standing,” the short-lived “Man Up” and the even shorter-lived “How To Be a Gentleman.”

It stars Ben Koldyke (“How I Met Your Mother”) as Lee, the married father of a 14-year-old who’s keeping the cross-dressing details of his new job a secret from his wife, Connie. Amaury Nolasco (“Prison Break”) is Lee’s buddy Angel, who follows in Lee’s high-heeled footsteps and dresses as a woman to get a similar job with Big Pharma.

Much of what passes for humor in “Work It” is mined from the same, quickly depleted vein: men awkwardly trying to pass for women.

Look, Lee can’t clasp his bra!

He poked his eye with a mascara wand!

The ACE bandage he’s using to hide his junk comes unraveled on the dance floor!

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and another civil rights group are up in arms about “Work It,” saying it’s an affront to the transgender community. I think it’s your regular ol’ run-of-the-mill female who should be offended. The show seems to think we’re all catty, obsessed with clothes and makeup, on diets and in book clubs. Please. We’re not all in book clubs.

“Work It’s” biggest transgression isn’t that it’s offensive; it’s that it’s not funny.

Lee and Angel should enjoy wearing those dresses while they can, because a couple of pink slips are headed their way.

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