The truth is we have no idea what kind of cook Mariah Carey is, but one can easily imagine that Queen Mimi doesn’t find herself in the kitchen all that often. The legend that she is, she deserves a full time chef, right?
Turns out she knows how to make at least one dish, though it’s an odd one. Joined by actor Bryan Safi in a new video for Funny or Die called “Cooking With Mariah Carey and Also With Bryan,” Carey leads viewers through how to make Frito pie.
“It’s really the only Frito recipe we know,” Carey says, as they explain this joke show is all about Frito recipes.
The whole thing is mostly pretty odd, but at times funny too. They’re wearing surgical gloves throughout, “because it’s a dirty job,” as Safi says, with Carey adding, “It’s disgusting.” But still, the pop icon keeps her diamond butterfly on over the gloves, while mashing together the ingredients in a glass pie pan.
At one funny point, Safi asks Carey about the line in her new song “Infinity” that probably was the basis of this whole video concept, “Boy you actin so corny like Fritos.” Then things get particularly funny as they go on to riff over a number of her hit songs with Fritos inserted into the lyrics.
Mimi also has a few low-key moves that are perfect parodies of her public character: She keeps pouring wine into the dish and this move where she fluffs her hair out of her face while walking away from the camera, shaking her head with diva perfection.
While Carey may not know what a whisk is called and the video overall comes off as a bit unnatural, it is a treat to catch her in such a personal and humorous context. Also director Brett Ratner shows up for seemingly no reason, so there’s that too.