Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
This Comedy Central show starring Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome, Michael Ian Black, Paget Brewster, Brett Gelman, Beth Dover and Dave Koechner is one of the best things the channel has ever created, and frustratingly was cancelled while in it’s prime. The first season was a little patchy as it mocked the ways of these early 20th Century Americans as if the characters were from a reality tv show, but the second and third really delivered as they explored the characters in more depth and made it even more dafter. Lindhome and Leggero as the grotesquely self obsessed central duo always provided a lot of laughter but Michael Ian Black as the butler Peepers was the show’s most valuable player, never over used and always effectively, while the song “Bathroom Bubbles” from the show’s final season is something I still find myself singing to this day as it’s insanely catchy and shockingly funny. Perhaps it’s for the best that it didn’t get another season as the quality may have declined but I still wish it was on the air, and as it is it’s a show I enjoy revisiting time and again and spotting things that make me laugh that somehow previously passed me by.
Live Review: Suzi Ruffell – Dance Like Everyone’s Watching
There’s no doubt that Suzi Ruffell is a very strong comedian who can generate humour from the most mundane of things, but for me this latest live show suffers from the subjects she talks about being a bit too mainstream. My partner claims that because Suzi’s gay her comedy can’t be called mainstream but I’m not convinced by such an argument, perhaps her material about her fiancee’s proposal and subsequent marriage isn’t, but the parts which centre around her relationship with her mother and her searching for a house to buy definitely are. Both are topics which I didn’t find that interesting either (I’m a teacher on a day to day basis, so will of course never be able afford to buy a property) and it just wasn’t mined for humour in any particularly amusing way. Then again the rest of the audience laughed a lot more than I did so perhaps it’s just me, and Ruffell is a very confident and likeable comedian so you may enjoy this show a fair bit more than I did.
The Mark Thomas Comedy Product
I was watching an old episode of this for the first time in decades yesterday (S04E03 — “Nestle”, for the record), and whilst I did find it fascinating and fairly funny in places I was surprised that I found Thomas to be a little smug and smarmy at times, and forced at others. For instance there’s a section where he tries to harass former soap star Martine McCutcheon at a Nestle PR thing and then acts faux surprised that security wouldn’t let him go near her, and another when he’s talking to a female Nestle employee and the smarminess is turned up to ten. It even made me feel a little sorry for the Nestle woman, at least until I remembered how cuntish that company is. I used to love the series when it first aired, and I’m a fairly big fan of his in general, but it’s made me wonder whether the Comedy Product is full of this sort of thing, or whether or not I just picked a bad episode to view. Either way I’ve been too lazy to watch another episode, but I plan to do so in the near future and will post my findings here. Which is surely incredibly exciting news for everyone reading this, I know, but hey, there’s so little new comedy on right now that’s any good that I’m having to delve in to the archives to find things to write about.
Observe and Report
What initially looks like a standard wacky US comedy about a mall cop slowly develops in to something a lot more unusual and enjoyable, with a dark edge that often surprises. There’s something about Seth Rogen that annoys me in general and I’m not sure what it is as he’s in a fair few movies I like, but he’s perfect for the role here as the bi-polar head of security who once off his meds loses touch with reality. The first 20 minutes or so are nothing special, but if you stick with it you will be rewarded.
Video Of The Week
Sex Lives Of The Potato Men was a terrible British comedy film despite the fact that it starred Johnny Vegas, Mackenzie Crook and Mark Gatiss, but this audio clip which features an audio description of events for the blind is gloriously funny, if only because it makes the film sound so awful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIAuUQZVGGI
Link Of The Week
Despite Reddit having a reputation for being full of argumentative twats there are actually some really decent Sub-Reddits, and one of the very best is r/ObscureMedia as people either link to or upload some of the stranger things on the net. So if you’re in the mood to watch unaired comedy pilots, weird adverts, videos produced for cults, offbeat Russian animations, all but forgotten films and other oddities, then I’d recommend going there – https://www.reddit.com/r/ObscureMedia/
Previous Comedy Snippets:
07/07/2019 – Bridget and Eamon, Action Team, Everything Sucks, Sisters.
30/06/2019 – Taskmaster, Year Of The Rabbit, Santa Versus Dracula, Poultrygeist – Night of the Chicken Dead
23/06/2019 – The Unauthorised Bash Brothers Experience, Trigger Warning With Killer Mike, Taskmaster Sweden, City Lights
16/06/2019 – Rick and Morty Issue 50, Spiderman / Deadpool Issue 50, Lobo Goes To Hollywood, Superhero Movie
08/06/2019 – Archer, The Jellies, Mom, Bye Bye Birdie.
01/06/2019 – Rostered On, Historical Roasts, American Dad, The Phantom Of The Paradise
23/05/2019 – Barry, Urban Myths, Goatface, Shazam!
18/05/2019 – Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Taskmaster, Documentary Now, The History Of Future Folk
10/05/2019 – Dead Pixels, Santa Clarita Diet, Scot Squad, Lemon
03/05/2019 – What We Do In The Shadows, Lazor Wulf, Al Murray’s Great British Pub Quiz, Brigsby Bear
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