“Trapped in the Closet” is one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard and seen in my life – a 12-part epic “hip-hopera” by R&B singer R. Kelly. It’s over-the-top ridiculous melodrama with a nonsensical, twisted, turgid plot, a bizarre cast of characters, horribly bad rhymes, and an intense seriousness on Kelly’s part that he had written and performed the lyrics of Shakespeare set to the music of Mozart. The DVD with the 12 chapters makes for a great night of drunken viewing with a room full of friends, especially with Kelly’s commentary track – you see him sitting in front of the screen, smoking cigars, making the most asinine comments in the world and proclaiming himself a genius. R., I do not think “cliffhanger” means what you think it means.
And now it’s back! The hilarious Chapter 12.5 is online on the site above, filling us in on the story so far, while Chapter 13 spins our familiar characters off into a bold new story angle. It looks like a new chapter will premiere online every week. My only worry is that Kelly seems to be in on the joke now (and will probably say he was all along), when it was clear before that he thought “Trapped in the Closet” was a work of staggering genius.