The writer-directors humors from Office Space to Silicon Valley always sum up the spirit of their terms. So why has he made an LSD-soaked cartoon about George Clinton and Bootsy Collins?
Few writer-directors have been as consistent and ruthless at capturing the moment as Mike Judge, even though he never actually intends to do so.” It’s always a outrage when something “re coming out” and it feels so relevant ,” he says, in his laconic surfer-dude tone, talking to me by phone from his home in Los Angeles.” But I tend to look at material that feels as if it’s everywhere, but nobody’s talking about .”
Judge, 57, is so beady at distinguishing what’s everywhere, his shows themselves end up becoming ubiquitous, the thing everybody’s talking about. It is impossible to imagine 90 s TV without his seminal punches, Beavis and Butt-Headand King of the Hill, the onetime satirising the most difficult of boy culture, the latter foolishly outlining gentle American conservatism acclimatising itself to the Bill Clinton era.
He satirized modern workplace culture in the movies Extract and Office Space, while his superlative sitcom about the tech life, Silicon Valley, managed to manufacture comedy out of the wealthiest and most influential industry in our epoch. It was so bang on that Bill Gates, a superfan of the demo, recommended it to fellow tech chiefs as a professional tool:” If you want to understand Silicon Valley, watch Silicon Valley ,” he wrote on his blog.