Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 10 Episode 1
I struggled with the ninth season of Curb, it felt flabby and forced and though some episodes were still fun it definitely felt like that the show was running out of steam and that it might be time to take it up to the farm upstate and have it shot in the head repeatedly, like at least eighty or ninety times. Shocking that would have been overkill however (no, really!) as this first episode of the tenth series is a real return to form, indeed it was densely packed with a huge amount of funny scenarios as Larry upset not only a heavily pregnant woman but Everybody Loves Raymond actor Phil Rosenthal, coffee shop owner Mocha Joe, a waitress at a party and managed to get in to a farcical sex accident which saw Cheryl rushed to hospital. That only accounts for about half of the very funny scenes in the episode too, what with some great moments with Richard Lewis, Larry wearing a Make America Great Again cap just so people would leave him alone, while Susie Green’s anti-Larry tirades were as hilarious as ever. A lot has been set up which will no doubt pay off as the series continues, with Larry’s accidental #MeToo moment clearly going to return to haunt him, especially as they’re having a lot of fun with the fact that Jeff looks like Harvey Weinstein, but his ongoing war with Mocha Joe looks like it’ll be a great aspect too, along with whether or not he’ll get back with Cheryl, all of which I can’t wait to see as this was such a superb comeback for the series.
The Goes Wrong Show Series 1 Episode 4
After a couple of hit stage shows and some one off’s for the BBC, The Goes Wrong Show people now have a regular series where each week we supposedly get to see a live play being broadcast on the Beeb, only for it to end in hilarious disaster. So that’s it not the same old nonsense week in week out they switch it up a little and throw in a couple of ideas to keep things fresh, and in this episode as it was running short that they upped the number of adjectives so that there were lots of overly long descriptions in the script. It’s an okay gag when used once or twice but it quickly gets tiring, and that applies with nearly everything in the show, with the actors breaking props also a joke that becomes annoying shit after a few minutes. Some of it’s enormously contrived too, like where a pregnant woman uses a balloon instead of a cushion to show she’s pregnant (unlike any actress ever), as is a scene where when they can’t enter a room someone punches through the door and pours tea in to their hands rather than a cup, and a segment where one actor is forced to laugh insanely for ages in what’s one of the most painfully rubbish bits of comedy I’ve ever seen. It’s completely lacking in subtlety and the amount of things which go wrong is just a plain annoying, within about five minutes the whole thing becomes exasperating and shockingly irritating, and I ended up hating it with a passion by the end.
Mum Series 1 Episode 1
This much loved BBC sitcom came to an end recently and I missed the boat on it completely, but I’ve heard so many good things about it I thought I should finally check it out. The Mum of the piece is called Kathy, with the first episode starting at her husband’s funeral, which might sound a little grim but it’s carefully and thoughtfully handled, even if there is some minor cringe humour when her son Jason’s girlfriend Kelly arrives and constantly says daft things (my favourite being her comment “I’ve only ever been to one funeral and that’s when my dog died. I played the vicar”). Throughout this first episode Kelly’s completely unable to stop putting her foot in it, but to Kathy’s credit (and the show’s, for that matter) the character is handled sympathetically and for a long period of time Kathy never gets angry or annoyed with anyone despite having every reason to as other guests say and do things which would drive any normal person to despair within minutes. Of course the audience knows Kathy can only take so much and that she’s going to crack given the shit she’s on the end of, but when it finally takes place it’s just a minor moan to her friend Michael, and so sweet and touchingly played that it made me instantly enamoured with the series. So yeah, I was an idiot for not watching it beforehand, but at least now I get to binge it all so I guess life could be worse.
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
One of the best documentaries about cinema yet made, this is a no holds barred exploration of some incredibly tacky and yet beautifully insane Australian films mostly made in the seventies and eighties. Quentin Tarantino turns up as a talking head a bit too often but bar that I’ve no complaints, it’s packed with some incredibly funny behind the scenes anecdotes along with a shed load of quite quite mad clips from the films, and it was a rare occasion where I didn’t want the film to end.
Video Of The Week
How To Date A Magical Creature is a forthcoming web series that’s launching on Valentine’s Day and sees a tv host interview a number of well known supernatural folk like The Devil, Santa Claus, Death (and Death’s girlfriend), and Medusa among others, I’ve only seen the trailers so far but they look enormously funny, and I’d be amazed if this wasn’t a web series which was essential viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cTVXU-w_6A&feature=youtu.be
Link Of The Week
As Curb Your Enthusiasm has now returned Larry David’s doing a fair few interviews to promote it but I haven’t read any as detailed, funny or as interesting as this one from the often shit but in this case surprisingly great GQ.com: https://www.gq.com/story/larry-david-cover-profile-february-2020https://www.gq.com/story/larry-david-cover-profile-february-2020
Previous Comedy Snippets:
19/01/2020 – You’re The Worst, The Skewer, Kongen Befaler, Sisters
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