Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
You’re The Worst Season 5
There’s a long and deeply personal reason as to why I hadn’t finished watching You’re The Worst s until now which would bore and probably annoy, but anyhow, over the past week I’ve finally watched the final seven episodes. From the get go it showed us that the wedding was going to go horribly wrong so plot wise it was all about how – though they deliberately wrong footed us over and over again and so it wasn’t because of Jimmy being unfaithful, Gretchen lying about being fired, or her theft of Edgar’s medication but because they realised that marriage wasn’t the right thing for the two of them personally, and making the decision to stay together on a daily basis was. From that brief summary it might sound a little disappointing but it actually worked effectively, with a flash forward showing a mixture of beauty and misery, and as season finale’s go it was pretty satisfying which given how many disappoint is something I shan’t complain about. The season as a whole was a great one too, with Edgar’s plotline where he’s being bullied by Paul F. Tompkins containing some beautifully funny moments, while quite sickening but also amusing was Paul, Becca and Vernon’s attempts at having a kid together (the sex scene being especially hilarious) and though it still dealt with serious themes and Gretchen’s depression was an element that was clearly always going to be a part of their lives, it was more entertaining and less upsetting than seasons 3 and 4 were, and a greatly appreciated return to the funnier tone of seasons 1 and 2.
This is a new Radio 4 series from comedian of Jon Holmes (The Eleven O’Clock Show, The Now Show) which is a selection of audio mash ups, a kind of mix of Chris Morris’s Blue Jam and Rhys Thomas audio fuckery in his A Year In The Life Of A Year shows, except that it’s nowhere near as good as either. Sometimes it’s snippets of dialogue from a well known figure intercut with someone else speaking, so for example you get Boris Johnson rambling away and talking shit and the Queen then saying “Jesus Christ”, or there’s a song and a clip from a news report, like in one part where there’s mockery of the decision to go ahead with fireworks in Australia over the New Year. There’s also a sort of Cassetteboy style song, except that, yeah, you guessed it, once again it’s not as good as his work, and one bit mixes the recent episode of Mastermind where someone thought Greta Thunberg’s name was Sharon with an episode of Eastenders, and yet despite it being a great idea it still fails to be funny. Towards the end it becomes even odder as it involves Camberwick Green character WIndy Miller and some bits of Donald Trump talking nonsense, a juxtaposition which I doubt many people will understand but even if you did you wouldn’t find it funny. So as you might just have guessed I’m not exactly a huge fan of this, I did want to like it, and the concept’s a great one, but most of the time I ended up cringing and sighing and didn’t laugh once, which is quite the feat.
Kongen Befaler (aka Taskmaster Norway)
Back at the beginning of December I reviewed the first episode of the Norwegian version of Taskmaster and lavished it with praise, and nine episodes later it turns out it deserved every single ounce of it. Managing to match the best of the UK series (well, maybe not series five where Bob Mortimer and Sally Phillips both created astonishingly beautiful moments of lunacy) it had the advantage of being able to cherry pick the best of the tasks from the nine series of the UK show admittedly but as our version has proven with the wrong contestants it can fall flat on it’s feet, but this lot kept it going in impressively unusual ways and only the prize task at the beginning was sometimes a bit dull, but hey, that applies with the UK show too and just serves as more proof that both should ditch it. Otherwise I’ve no complaints in the slightest, Atle Antonsen and Olli Wermskog grew in to their roles as host and co-host extremely effectively with Atle mocking poor old Olli in a number of very funny ways, and Bård Ylvisåker, Maria Stavang, Siri Kristiansen and Calle Hellevang-Larsen all proved them to be consistently amusingly imaginative, and only show winner Vegard Ylvisåker sometimes annoyed (as often seems to be the way with the victor of British series) but even he had his moments. In short, I really hope it returns soon, and the UK edition learns a few things from it too like having themed episodes (the Christmas one being a delight) and much shorter studio tasks.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two siblings, one uptight and the other all a bit chaotic who despite everything love each other. But they’re aghast when their parents decide to sell their childhood home, and so hold one last party with school friends they haven’t seen in decades. This got something of a kicking when it came out back in 2015, but I didn’t think it was too bad, with a few great jokes and strong set pieces. It’s definitely over long at 1hr 57minutes, and the predictable dramatic bit, whilst brief, could have been easily cut, and I’m sure Fey and Poehler are capable of something much better than this, but it was alright for a lazy Sunday afternoon’s viewing.
Video Of The Week
Jordan Brookes won the big Edinburgh comedy award this year and deservedly so, his comedy brain is all kinds of unusual and that’s demonstrated here in this short sketch based around an ASMR Quiz on tv, only for it to suddenly spiral out of control in a very funny manner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z8c0u3bKm8&feature=emb_title
Link Of The Week
The AV Club used to be one of the best sites on the net yet now it’s only quite good, but at least it still posts some really interesting articles from time to time, and this is one of them where they explore humour in games, and why it’s so difficult to successfully make a good comedy game. https://games.avclub.com/why-is-it-so-hard-to-make-a-good-comedy-game-1841012687
Previous Comedy Snippets:
12/01/2020 – John Mulaney And The Sack Lunch Bunch, Sex Education, Derry Girls, Frozen II
05/01/2020 – Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes, How To Produce Comedy Bronze by Jon Plowman, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Comic, The Rutles – All You Need Is Cash
29/12/2019 – Mrs Fletcher, Harley Quinn, What A Fucking Year On Tv With Mel B and Mel B, Cafe Society
22/12/2019 – Content, Ladhood, Silicon Valley Ten Years Later The Extended Documentary, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
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