Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
Astronomy Club The Sketch Show Season 1 Episode 1
This is another new sketch show from Netflix as it seems they’re one of the few networks who have any interest in the format, I’m really glad that they do though as they’ve created a good few gems including “I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson” and “With Bob and David”, and now Astronomy Club The Sketch Show can be added to that list. Created by Black-ish’s Kenya Barris, it’s got a fantastic selection of weird and wonderful sketches, the best of which is shown right at the beginning when we see three black guys trying to get in to a building only for a white woman to react reluctantly, but the twist is that once in a Dracula asks for their help in entering the place and now they’re reluctant, with the sketch getting even stranger after that. And though that was the one which made me laugh the most almost as good was a skit featuring “Magical Negros” who are given therapy so that they can go from supporting character to leads, while a short bit of madness involving Gingerbread men (and women) being violently torn from their home and eaten by children was a beautiful bit of surreal madness. There’s the odd bit which isn’t quite as effective, and a linking sketch where the members of the group are all living together goes on a bit too long, but all in all this is a great first episode from a bunch of comedians who will hopefully go on to even bigger and better things.
South Park Season 23 Episode 10
Trey Parker seems to be getting a bit bored of Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman as he’s centred many of this year’s storylines around Tegridy Farm and Randy Marsh’s attempts to sell marijuana to the town. And unfortunately that’s been a plot which I’ve found beyond tedious, there’s been the occasional decent gag but the majority of the time I was bored senseless. So the fact that this year’s season finale (and Christmas Special) barely featured the kids didn’t bode well, and unfortunately for me at least it’s the straw that’s broken the camel’s back as I just can’t be arsed with the show anymore. Based around the idea that cocaine should be legalised as people need a way to let off steam over Christmas, it’s an obviously absurd idea which could have had a great deal of daft gags based on it, but instead it was a one note affair which yet again hammered the same kind of jokes home over and over again. Even when it was funny (like the drink driving at the beginning, or the advert for cocaine) it still felt like the show was running on auto pilot, and the meta commentary was tiresome too. Ultimately it comes down to the fact that Parker and I are just at odds at what we want from the show it seems, and after this most recent lacklustre season I’m out, it’s always difficult to say goodbye to a show you once loved but I’d rather stop now and have some fond memories of it, rather than a lot of angry ones.
Joe Pera Talks With You Season 2 Episode 3
For those not in the UK, on the 12th of the December Great Britain held a general election and the Conservatives, and all round utter cunt Boris Johnson, won it. I’d expected it to be the case but stupidly had tried to optimistic, and thought that perhaps a coalition between Labour and the SNP might just save the day, but I was clearly stupid for thinking such a thing and utterly miserable when I heard just how badly Labour had done, and so wasn’t sure I’d be able to find anything funny the day the results were announced. But Joe Pera Talks With You was the perfect tonic for my woes, and this episode was an especially gentle but lovely affair as it explored Joe’s relationship with his Grandmother, as he spent the afternoon with her and her friends at the hair salon. In the review of the first two episodes of the season I commented that sometimes the best episodes are those which go off topic, but that doesn’t apply to this which was just a beautiful exploration of their close friendship, and exactly why he loved her, with it making me nostalgic for a world I’ve never known, and hopeful that maybe one day I’ll experience something like it, even if it might mean either kidnapping or adopting a child. The best comedy really can help with depression at times (depending on the cause and reason for the condition of course), and I’m so glad this show exists as it gave me hope for the world on a day when I was starting to give up believing in it.
Yet another Syfy B-movie, in it Steve Guttenberg plays Colton West, a faded 90s action star relegated to making giant bug movies, until a big mountain explodes and fire breathing giant tarantulas go all murderous in a very meta moment. Indeed satire of these kind of movies, and Guttenberg’s career in general, is the order of the day as after his annoying teen child buggers off he has to cross town to find him. So while it may be the least original disaster movie plot ever seen, it’s really all about ridiculous action scenes, inventive deaths and a daft and knowing script, and unlike many Syfy movies this delivers on all fronts, with it using it’s Hollywood setting in a fun way. Plus there’s a whole bunch of amusing cameos, including the bloke from Police Academy who does silly voices, often at the most inappropriate of times, and a good few other members of the Police Academy cast pop in to make this all the more ridiculous. One minor warning though – the sequel was quite poor, and it’s best to pretend that it doesn’t exist.
Video Of The Week
What do you get if you mix Succession and Sesame Street together? If you guessed Cookie Monster on the verge of losing his sanity while Brian Cox cruelly taunts him and refuses to let him eat cookies then you’d be right, and blimey, that’s impressive guess work indeed. Anyhow, it’s a great sketch, and a must watch for all Succession / Sesame Street / Cookies fans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smJ-1CJV8HI
Link Of The Week
We here at Comedy To Watch adore the late, great Garry Shandling a ridiculous amount, so the news that a new book about him edited by Judd Apatow excites us greatly, especially given how fantastic Apatow’s documentary about Shandling was, with these snippets from it suggesting that it will be a fantastic read: https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/its-garry-shandlings-book-judd-apatow-highlights.html
Previous Comedy Snippets:
08/12/2019 – Mom, Mock The Week, Sunnyside, The Ten
01/12/2019 – Vic and Bob’s Big Night Out, Kongen Befaler (aka Taskmaster Norway), Harry Hill’s Clubnite, Scout’s Guide To The Apocalypse
24/11/2019 – Wellington Paranormal, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Tourist Trap, The Adventures Of Rocky and Bullwinkle
17/11/2019 – 2100: A Space Novelty, Silicon Valley, Zomboat, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
10/11/2019 – Do You Want To See A Dead Body?, Taskmaster, The Good Place, A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
03/11/2019 – Bojack Horseman, Comedians Giving Lectures, Living With Yourself, A Town Called Panic
27/10/2019 – Joe Pera Talks With You, Would I Lie To You?, The Band Wagon, Tucker and Dale Vs Evil
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