Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
Content Series 1 Episode 6
Afew weeks back I reviewed the first episode of Content and enjoyed it a huge amount, and each Tuesday since then it’s been one of the comedy highlights of the week with it easily being one of the best web series yet made. While up until this episode the one where James Acaster guested was my favourite, this final episode of the series was the best yet as Content Content’s enemy in life, Direct Digital Video, tried to hire the company, though of course it was all part of an evil plan. As well as this it looked like the company was in dire straights as the online series Finacial Fuckboize (made up of John Kearns, Pierre Novellie, Sunil Patel and Alex Kealy) suggested that Content Content was going to be out of money and thus screwed within two weeks, but could they possibly survive? Many of the scenes were pleasingly overly dramatic in a very silly way (with a great melodramatic score too) and Stuart Laws is particularly on great form as the villain of the piece, while the group’s fantasies about their possible futures was another extremely funny moment, Jam’s dream concerning North Korea especially. The episode ended on a cliffhanger of sorts and I really hope that means it is coming back, over the course of the last six weeks the characters have really grown and become funnier and funnier and it’d be an awful shame if this series was over with so quickly.
Ladhood Series 1 Episode 2
I liked the first episode of Ladhood a fair amount but did find it pretty bleak and distressing in places, as Liam’s friend Ralph had the shite beaten out of him by school bully Whitey, which meant that despite admiring Williams’ work I wasn’t exactly wanting to rush back to it. I’m glad I did get around to watching the second episode though as it’s not filled with desolation in the way that the first one was, it’s still fairly grim in places but nowhere near as depressing. Based around the idea that present day Liam feels he should cut back on his drinking he looks back to the first time he ever got drunk, which was quite the palaver as it meant having to obtain alcohol in the first place as they were underage and so unable to just buy it, but when they do, well, there’s the odd uncomfortable scene (mostly involving Liam’s friend Adnan who is pressured to drink, and then made fun of) but most of the time it’s gently amusing seeing this group of friends get pissed and act ridiculously daft, with it all feeling very real and natural and not forced and preposterous in the way some sitcoms represent first time drunkenness. Meanwhile an older Liam is always lurking in the background to offer up pithy commentary on his past (the suggestion that “I’m always at my most charming, fun and likeable when I’ve had a drink” being the funniest as it’s shown to be obviously not true), and due to the high standard of writing and acting in this episode I plan to watch the rest of it very soon, and won’t be worried it’ll be too distressing to view either.
Silicon Valley Ten Years Later The Extended Documentary
The final episode of Silicon Valley was partially based around the concept that a documentary was being made about Pied Piper, and where it all went wrong, but only short bits were shown, which turns out to be a shame as it’s far funnier. There are still some minor issues that the whole season suffered from what with Monica being way too petty (and her line about only being involved with it all so she could lord it over her family was especially out of character), and Jared was too needy when it came to his obsession with Richard, but otherwise it’s a far more likeable affair which comes with some great lines including a couple about how they’d have spent the Pied Piper money if it had been successful (with Gilfoyle apparently having his eye on some Russian subs), Jared’s comment about victim blaming when it came to a rat chewing through a woman’s hand was a particularly great one, and Gavin’s transformation in to the co-author of romantic literature was much more amusing too, especially when he solves a plot point and gets very excited about it. The bit at the end where they revisit the house is still a bit saccharine, and the whole rat-ageddon aspect doesn’t make a lot of sense out of context, but otherwise I definitely wish they’d given us this as the season finale instead of the one we got.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
I hadn’t seen this in about twenty five years (and dear god how I hate being able to write sentences like that) and it’s good and everything, but I think it’s a bit overrated. There’s undoubtedly some big laughs, Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid and a very young Johnny Galecki are game for a laugh and give the film their all (and Julia Louis-Dreyfus amusingly pops up briefly too), and it contains some surprisingly sweet moments, but some scenes drag on and whilst it’s a very likeable film it wouldn’t make my Christmas top 10.
Video Of The Week
Before Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly recently delighted audiences with Holmes and Watson (fine, fine, though occasional Comedy To Watch writer Chris Denton claims it’s not actually that bad) they teamed up with director Adam McKay for a sketch for Funny Or Die offering tips on how to help save the world, and violently attacking anyone who isn’t environmentally friendly, in what is a very short but also very funny sketch (bar the horrible ending, but hey, the rest is good at least) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfL4OLNgOok
Link Of The Week
The Comedy Blog is a brand new site that I hope goes from strength to strength as it already has some really great, well written articles on the likes of Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive and the comedy drama Stag, while it’s series on Christmas Specials has led to me seeing some lovely festive comedy. https://thatcomedyfan.wordpress.com/
Previous Comedy Snippets:
15/12/2019 – Astronomy Club The Sketch Show, South Park, Joe Pera Talks With You, Lavalantula
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