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Every so often an internet video comes along that’s so pure and wonderful that it transcends its viral trappings to speak directly to the human soul. Take, for example, the sneezing panda, or that French bulldog puppy that can’t roll over. Now joining the ranks of those adorable titans is The Wire: The Musical! The series widely regarded as the greatest television show ever created is now the greatest Funny or Die video ever created.
Compacting the thematically complex crime epic into a community theater play is brilliant in its sheer wrongheadedness, but what really sells the video are the cameos. Omar! Kima! D'Angelo harmonizing the famous chess metaphor and Bubbs naturally rhyming his name with the word "drugs." And Snoop! In a dress! Girl really does look good. All that's missing is Dominic West and Wendell Pierce repeatedly singing the word "fuck."
Now what remains to be seen is creator David Simon’s inevitably caustic reaction. Considering a March Madness character bracket had him renouncing Wire fans for watching the show wrong, we can only imagine an Our Town-style musical parody of his seminal work will send the writer rampaging down the streets of Baltimore. It’ll be like the alien invasion in The Avengers, only with way more exploding crab cakes.
Or maybe he'll take the whole thing in good humor. Don’t ever doubt the soothing powers of a Michael K. Williams dance number.