Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 7 Episodes 1, 2 and 3
Many a sitcom often starts to disappoint around the seventh season but so far Brooklyn Nine-Nine hasn’t joined their ranks. Perhaps that’s due to the way they shake the nature of the show up every so often, as this is a series which has seen it’s lead character go undercover and end up in prison, and then end up in witness relocation, while a lot has happened to everyone else too that would take far too long to go in to for a Comedy Snippets review. Anyhow, this year’s twist has seen former Captain Raymond Holt demoted to the status of a normal police officer so he’s back on the beat while Jake and co are solving crimes, and clearly a little frustrated by this, which they’ve generated a lot of funny moments from, while everyone else has also had their time in the sun and it’s a show which makes sure everyone gets at least a few funny lines each week. And as good as the first episode was the second episode was even better where there was a plotline revolving a new Captain coming in which they managed to avoid being predictable by making her all kinds of lovely and good at her job for once. and then the third episode was the best yet, mainly because Jason Mantzoukas’ Adrian Pimento returned. To make him even more volatile than usual he was suffering from “Finding Dory disorder” with his memory resetting each day, leading Jake and Boyle to have to work out what the hell’s happened to him, and equally as fun was a subplot with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Paul Welsh putting the rest of the group through a Workplace Conflict seminar, which though they do their best to get through it as quickly as they can inevitably ends in chaos. So yeah, this is still great, and even if you haven’t watched it before don’t let that put you off as it’s so well written I’m sure you can join in at any point and still find it very funny and likeable material.
Indebted Season 1 Episode 1
A new NBC comedy, it begins with Dave (Adam Pally) and Rebecca (Abby Elliott) trying to get rid of their kids old shit as they’re all grown up now (or at least aren’t toddlers) when Dave’s parents Debbie (Fran Drescher) and Stew (Steven Weber) arrive and reveal that they’re now flat broke. In case you can’t guess what happens next, Dave is soon shouting “I already have two kids, I can’t take care of two more”, and you’ll find yourself wishing he’d not just shouted at them but taken out a restraining order. Because this is tedious mainstream stuff in the extreme Dave inevitably soon regrets saying such a thing, and by the end of the episode everyone’s living together in perfect harmony, until the beginning of next week’s episode anyhow, where presumably the same old tropes will play out. What could have been called “Ok Boomer The Sitcom”, it’s a show where Drescher and Weber get to be idiotic and irresponsible while their kids hold everything together, and it’s drab and bland and though perhaps it’s unfair to judge it only by it’s pilot, I’d be so amazed if it ever turned in to anything interesting that I’d eat, I don’t know, a small building society if it does. Given that it’s created by Dan Levy (The Goldbergs, Mulaney) I feel that my teeth are going to remain quite safe and brick dust free too, if you’ve a fondness for the cast you might find it bearable but otherwise it’s something no one will ever find that worthwhile
Sex Education Season 2
Two weeks ago I posted a short review of the first couple episodes of Sex Education which was slightly mixed, and my esteemed comedy compatriot Dr Taylor was outraged, taking out a hit on my life for not enjoying it as much as the first season. One violent tussel and an accidental death later and I have to confess that Dr Taylor was correct, though I still stand by my issues with the first couple of episodes, and the way the characters were separated far too often (and I still struggle with Maeve and Otis spending too much of the season apart), but the rest of the season has indeed been fantastic and extremely enjoyable. There’s been way too many highlights to list them all, but Otis acting quite the twat at his house party was one of the funniest, and the school play was such a delight that I feel slightly annoyed that we didn’t get to see the musical in full, with the soundtrack then released on cd. Early on in the season I found myself a bit bored by Jackson and Adam’s storylines so I’m really pleased as to how they developed and became sweet and quite touching, while Aimee’s sexual assault turned in to a powerful and thoughtful exploration as to how an event like that can effect someone. Hell, even Maureen Groff became a fascinating character, giving Jean a much needed friend to spend time with while kicking out her twat of a husband Michael, and I can’t imagine anyone will be unhappy at him finally getting his comeuppance at the end of episode eight. A third season has been commissioned which has made me happy and then some, and given the quality of the first two seasons I can’t wait to see where they take these characters next.
Turn Me On, Dammit!
A Norwegian slice of teenage life comedy drama about a girl who lives in a shockingly small town and is horny all the time, all of the reviews say it’s an incredibly accurate take on life as a teenager which is perhaps a tad grim as little seems to have changed since I was that old, but it’s funny enough and the characters appeal. The running time is only 70 minutes though, so despite being fairly charming it’s also a little bit slight.
Video Of The Week
The new web series How To Date A Magical Creature has now launched, with the first episode in the form of a make up tutorial where our host tells us about the date she’s going on tonight, with the twist being that he’s a vampire. It’s packed with some great lines and very funny ideas, and should definitely be watched whether or not you want to be in a relationship with the undead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywyp6ILgJOM&feature=youtu.be
Link Of The Week
This is a few years old now but a) it’s been a quiet week and b) it’s a really great article from one of the best writers on the net, WIll Harris. An oral history of Airplane it features contributions from Jerry Zucker, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams, Robert Hays and a couple of other cast members, and is a great taster for a forthcoming book from Harris all about the film which promises to examine it in even more detail. https://film.avclub.com/surely-you-can-t-be-serious-an-oral-history-of-airplan-1798279218
Previous Comedy Snippets:
09/02/2020 – Joe Pera Talks With You, Miracle Workers: Dark Ages, Bless The Harts, A Boy And His Dog
02/02/2020 – Sex Education, Avenue 5, Digger, Premature
26/01/2020 – Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goes Wrong Show, Mum, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
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