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scabrous

[′skab·rəs]
(biology)
Having a rough surface covered with stiff hairs or scales.
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First and foremost, it is scabrously funny and antinomian, taking laser-guided aim at targets ranging from the ridiculous--one episode mocked George Lucas' and Steven Spielberg's intentions to change the first Raiders of the Lost Ark movie for DVD release--to the sublime: In one particularly memorable episode from the first season, the South Park boys battle a Godzilla-like version of Barbra Streisand with the aid of Sidney Poitier, film critic Leonard Maltin, and rock star Robert Smith of The Cure.
David Yezzi, who is the director of the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y as well as the poetry editor of The New Criterion, has assembled some splendid essays on poetry past and present, from Peter Campion's reflections on the scabrously ebullient John Wilmot (1647-1680), the second Earl of Rochester, to Adam Kirsch's reconsideration of "The Waste Land" and Daniel Mark Epstein's magisterial meditation on the achievement of Richard Wilbur.
The production is loud, scabrously funny, very much in your face and possessed of a hopeful sensibility that plays rather false.