Rob Ford and Giorgio Mammoliti are an inspiration—to comedians
Toronto filmmaker Min Sook Lee is taking the Giorgio Mammoliti and Rob Ford jokes to the small screen with She’s the Mayor, a sitcom based on her behind-the-scenes experiences at Toronto city hall. Lee, who spent two years filming her 2005 documentary Hogtown: The Politics of Policing, is taking all the juicy bits that were left on the cutting room floor and putting them into the show for VisionTV. She also doesn’t hide the fact that much of the good bits were from Ford and Mammoliti.
“Basically, it was a lot of buffoonery and grandstanding,” Lee tells the Star. “Ford and Mammoliti take up a lot of air in a room. They were in many ways inspiration for one of our councillors in the show.” The premise: a fictional industrial city run by incompetent politicians, starring Colin Mochrie and Tonya Lee Williams (of The Young and the Restless fame). In one plot line, inspired by Ford and Mammoliti’s infamous “fat fuck” argument with reporter John Barber (see the video above—it gets interesting at the 50 second mark), the mayor holds a press conference to apologize for an offensive remark but ends up saying worse things.
The show will premiere early next year on Vision TV, the channel where old British comedies and Murder She Wrote reruns are laid to rest, though it sounds more fitting for the Comedy Network. Of course, all of this has already been televised on the rarely watched broadcast of city council session. As the “Rob Ford in Action” clip shows, nothing’s funnier than the real thing.