Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
Joe Pera Talks With You Season 1
With it’s second season due to begin quite soon I wanted to write about this ridiculously lovely show as it’s astonishingly good and yet very few people seem to be aware of it. It’s a very laid-back, gentle comedy where Joe Pera walks you through his life, be it his breakfast habits, the car he drives, his favourite sounds, and occasionally even something a bit more unusual like someone accidentally thinking his house is for sale, or the time he puts on a full length musical about Canada’s war against rats. At times it’s so natural feeling that it feels like it could be real and simply the result of a camera crew following him around on a day to day basis, but of course it’s an intricately scripted and incredibly well acted comedy, and one of the best things on Adult Swim. The humour comes from the beautifully observed world he presents us with and the love and affection he has for the simplest things in life, though every so often it’s endearingly odd, like the way Joe thinks he’ll die at the age of 85, probably of a poison kiss. Oh, and don’t let the fact that it’s on Adult Swim put you off if you’re not fond of their normally crazy and hectically paced series, as this is the complete opposite and not like anything they’ve done before. If you like the sound of it (which you really should, as it’s an incredibly charming and adorable comedy) if you’re based in the UK you can watch it on Channel 4’s website here, while US viewers can see it on Adult Swim’s site here.
Would I Lie To You?
This used to be a smart, sharp, fun panel show, but now it’s a cosy and tiresome affair. The move to a pre-watershed slot was a mistake and even though it’s now airing at 9.30pm it’s still distinctly family friendly, completely lacking in swearing or even vaguely adult jokes, David Mitchell never gets annoyed with Lee Mack or goes on a rant anymore, and it’s all the lesser for this. The occasional great guest raises the level of quality and whenever Bob Mortimer appears on it it’s essential viewing (so at least one of this year’s batch should be, though we don’t have an airdate for Bob’s one so far annoyingly), but most of the time it’s all a bit rubbish and not worth bothering anymore sadly.
The Band Wagon
This is a fun enough musical about a fading Hollywood star (Fred Astaire) who heads back to the stage only for a pretentious director to completely change the nature of the play he was set to star in. There’s lots of backstage shenanigans, arguments between the creative types, and pricking of the pomposity shown by prima donnas, and the script is pretty sharp and funny. On the downside the songs vary a great deal and at best are vaguely good and at worst fairly bland, and the ending where we get to see a part of the newly revised play isn’t quite as engaging as the film seems to think it is, but mostly this is a rather charming affair.
Tucker and Dale Vs Evil
A really fun comedy horror which delivers a cute twist on the normal slasher format, all the cliched ingredients are here – a dilapidated shack, a group of sexy college teens out partying in the woods, and lots of running around screaming – but as long as you avoid all spoilers (which I’d recommend doing) it turns out to be surprisingly different to your every day run of the mill horror. The cast is great too, with Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine and Katrina Bowden all on top form and if you like your Halloween to be filled with a mixture of laughter and screaming then it’d be a great film to watch on that particular night.
Link Of The Week
King of the Hill is of course one of the greatest comedy series ever made, and if you love it as much as I do then you’ll find this podcast about it essential listening where they disect each episode and explore just how and why it’s so amazing. https://hoyeahpod.com/
Video Of The Week
Anna Mann is the amazing comedy creation of comedian Colin Hoult, an actress who’s a sort of luvvie type who has never had the career she’d hoped for, though has a good number of scandalous anecdotes still. In this video she hosts a chat show where she interviews Shaun Williamson and asks him a selection of daft questions, like whether he’s stopped in the streets by people asking about his role in London’s Burning in 1994, and also does some bits of her stand up, in a sketch which made me laugh a great deal. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/videos/18776/annas_people/
Previous Comedy Snippets:
20/10/2019 – Star Trek Discovery Short Treks, Zomboat, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, High Society
13/10/2019 – Perfect Harmony, Family Guy, Afternoon Delight, The Death Of Dick Long
06/10/2019 – Bless The Harts, South Park, Stath Lets Flats, She’s Out Of My League
29/09/2019 – Danny’s House, Hot Date, Idiotsitter, Crimewave
22/09/2019 – Alternatino with Arturo Castro, The Good Place The Selection, American Dad, American Reunion
15/09/2019 – Off The Air, Taskmaster, Elvira Mistress Of The Dark Issues 1 – 3, Smiley Face
08/09/2019 – Amusical, The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk, Fleabag, Digby The Biggest Dog In The World
01/09/2019 – Final Space. On Becoming A God In Central Florida, In Fabric, Archie’s Final Project
25/08/2019 – A Black Lady Sketch Show, Bajillion Dollar Properties, The Righteous Gemstones, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
18/08/2019 – Sherman’s Showcase, Succession, Hesher, God Bless America
11/08/2019 – The Day Shall Come, Preacher, Archie Vs Predator II, Juan Of The Dead
04/08/2019 – Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Boys, Los Espookys, Hamlet 2
28/07/2019 – Lodge 49, Fortysomething, Mutafukaz, Brazil
21/07/2019 – Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, Neighbors From Hell, Live At The BBC – Desiree Burch, Robot and Frank
14/07/2019 – Another Period, Suzi Ruffell – Dance Like Everyone’s Watching, The Mark Thomas Comedy Product, Observe And Report
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