Short reviews of tv and film comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
What We Do In The Shadows Season 1 Episodes 1 – 3
Due to the ridiculous amount of good tv on right now I’m only just catching up with this show now, which is odd as I’m a big fan of the film that the series is inspired by. The first episode disappointed a little though, it felt too similar to the film and didn’t offer up anything that fresh or original, and I worried that might be an issue with the rest of the series. Thankfully the second episode suggests that won’t always be the case, they’re introducing a few new elements like the Baron wanting the gang to take over America and Colin Robinson the Energy Vampire is a fun idea which they play with in a great fashion, especially in the third episode where he thrives in the tedium of a council meeting, it might be a joke which outstays it’s welcome but it hasn’t done so just yet. Matt Berry’s trademark pomposity works perfectly in the context of the show, Kayvan Novak makes for a great slightly rubbish and ineffectual vampire, and Natasia Demetriou is also strong as the oft horny yet quite sympathetic female lead. I’ve heard the fourth episode isn’t all that, but bar that it’s highly rated and I’m optimistic that in general it’ll be must watch tv.
Lazor Wulf Season 1 Episode 2
I did a mini-review of this a couple of weeks ago and didn’t get on with it at all, but the second episode was a little better as it centred around God and his efforts to show that he was a chilled deity, which he did by changing the entire world for a week. Stupid Horse isn’t a bad character either (though I have a long, strange history of finding comedy horses funny) but Lazor Wulf and his other friends just don’t do it for me, and given they’re normally the main characters that’s a bit of a problem. Perhaps it’s a show that I’ll return to a later date, but right now it’s something that I just don’t have the time to watch.
Al Murray’s Great British Pub Quiz
There are a lot of fun, smart, enjoyable game shows, but guess what, this really isn’t one of them. The questions are bland, it goes on for way too long, and Al Murray plays it way too straight making the odd joke about how a round has gone but rarely any funny ones. I used to be very fond of Murray but it’s almost twenty years since he made anything really decent (and his sketch show was one of the worst things ever shown on mainstream tv) and given the quality of this it’s no surprise it’s hidden away on the Quest channel.
Kidnapped as a baby, James (Kyle Mooney) thinks it’s completely normal to live life in an underground bunker, and watch the only tv show which has ever been made, Brigsby Bear. But then the FBI rescue him and he’s plunged in to a completely new and odd reality whilst longing for his old one. This sort of thing could be bleak as hell but it’s played very sweetly, and whilst it’s undoubtedly a pretty twee indie film and I know some will hate it, I loved it personally. Plus Mark Hamill’s batshit crazy in it, which can never be a bad thing.
Video Of The Week
I only discovered Liam Williams when BBC3 aired Pls Like, but since then he’s become one of my favourite comedians, and this “comedy blap” made for Channel 4 back in 2014 is a great example of why he’s such a considerable talent, as it covers a one night stand he had back in the day as we see hos how he interprets the event and how it really happened. The dialogue is strong – “I just do it for the post coital epiphanies really, that’s my bag” being my favourite line, and it made me laugh a good deal. He also made two others for the channel, and they’re equally as good (the second especially, which contains footage of a young Liam eating a dead bird which might sound hideous but is in fact hilarious), and if you like this one you should definitely check them out too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXo-h-CHHyc
Previous Comedy Snippets:
26/04/2019 – Barry, Bonding, Special, Repo The Genetic Opera
19/04/2019 – Hot Streets, Lazor Wulf, Tacoma FD, The Tick, Safety Last
12/04/2019 – The Unexplainers, The Tick, The Funny Women Awards 2019, Popstars Never Stop Popping
04/04/2019 – Santa Clarita Diet, Abby’s, This Time With Alan Partridge, Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein
28/03/2019 – Wayne, Blockbusters, Bill And Ted Face The Music, Hoodwinked
21/03/2019 – Shrill, A.P. Bio, One Red Nose Day And A Wedding, PK
14/03/2019 – Corporate, The Harry Hill Movie, CJ7, The Day Will Come
07/03/2019 – This Time With Alan Partridge, Frank Skinner On Demand, Girlfriend’s Day, Comic Relief
28/02/2019 – Hot Streets, Warren, Mom, Stage Fright
21/02/2019 – Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Corporate, Doom Patrol, Nudist Colony Of The Dead
14/02/2019 – American Dad, Pen15, Afterlife, The Return Of Captain Invincible
07/02/2019 – The Other Two, Hannah Gadsby’s Douglas, Roast Battle, Guys And Dolls
31/01/2019 – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Tigtone, Angie Tribeca, Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life, Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Podcast
24/01/2019 – Oh Lucy!, Blark And Son, Angie Tribeca
17/01/2019 – The Day Shall Come, Family Guy, Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Podcast, Jon Glaser Loves Gear
10/01/2018- Best Week Ever With Paul F. Tompkins, Vice, Catastrophe, Angie Tribeca