Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay Season 1 Episode 1
The latest show from Pls Like’s Josh Thomas, it’s just as good as his previous series which is quite the compliment as Please Like Me was bloody amazing stuff. In it Thomas plays Nicholas, a twentysomething guy who lives in his father’s house with his two half sisters, Matilda (Kayla Cromer), who has autism, and Genevieve (Maeve Press) who doesn’t. Nicholas is supposed to be leaving for Australia but then his father reveals he’s going to die, and soon, as he has a terrible form of cancer, and after a brief discussion it’s decided that Nicholas is going to be the one who looks after the two young girls once their Dad is no longer with them. That happens rather quickly too, as after a time jump we’re at the funeral and all are doing their best to deal with their new, very raw and painful lives, with Nicholas doing his best as the girls’ new father figure and both of them not exactly overjoyed by such a thing. It’s a very frank and honest portrayal of grief, and the way it handles Matilda’s autism deserves acclaim as well as she’s shown to be a layered and smart individual who just happens to sometimes be a little too blunt. The series is packed with sharp, funny lines (Genevieve’s comment prior to the funeral that “I look like a child whore widow” being the best of a great selection) and it’s moving and touching material too, and something I’m already guessing will be one of the very best series of the year.
High Fidelity Season 1 Episode 1
Twenty five years on from the release of Nick Hornby’s novel about a record shop owner and the way he explores his past, shitty relationships, and twenty years on from the film adaptation with John Cusack, and we’ve been given a ten part series exploring the same ground, though the big difference is that it’s been gender flipped with Zoe Kravitz in the lead role. She’s great in it too, smart, funny and slightly self-obsessed, and so very similar to the original version found in Hornby’s novel, but otherwise the show feels a bit lacking, there’s a fair amount of fourth wall breaking as Robyn talks about her favourite music and the relationships that she’s been in, it’s the kind of humour which might raise a wry smile but that’s about all. The dialogue is otherwise vaguely okay but apart from Robyn all of the characters we’re introduced to are pretty bland, or quite pretentious and so a bit irritating, her two co-workers especially, to the extent that however appealing Robyn is they made me want to stop watching it at several points. Perhaps it improves as I’ve only seen this first episode but right now it’s hard to see why it exists when it’s not covering any new ground, and I won’t be watching any further episodes unless new tv suddenly stops being made for some traumatic and disturbing reason.
Duncanville Season 1 Episode 2
Last week I wrote a mostly positive review of this new sitcom from Amy Poehler, but did question whether there was any real need for another animated comedy centring around a white middle class family. On the strength of that first episode I suggested there was, just about, but now this second episode has me questioning my convictions. It’s by no means bad (though a running gag about the daughter being a bully leaves a slightly unpleasant taste in my mouth), but it’s just a bit average, the kids fight, the parents bicker, and by the end there’s a happy ending for all involved and while you might have laughed once or twice (a gag about a creepy doll the Dad has in the garage is a decent one), it won’t in any way have captured your imagination or given you a new found love for mainstream comedy. I’m hesitant to write it off after just two episodes but it really does need to become funnier quickly, and offer up something that the other Fox animated comedies don’t provide, if it’s to be worth sticking with.
His Girl Friday
I have to admit that for the first twenty minutes I felt a bit disappointed by this screwball classic, it was perfectly fine but it didn’t particularly sparkle and a couple of the scenes dragged. But then it kicks up a gear and becomes a beautifully fast paced piece of absurdity, whilst also containing some very funny satire on the newspaper industry and a few surprisingly darker moments which I wasn’t expecting at all. The fact that they’re trying to defend a mentally ill man who shot a black cop and a central character attempts suicide (and really harms herself in the process) adds a curious depth to proceedings, whilst Cary Grant is shockingly cuntish at times, and you can’t help but feel a bit sorry for Hildie at the end, which makes it all the more oddly enjoyable.
Video Of The Week
I’ve reviewed a lot of Adult Swim pilots for the One and Done series but the one I want to see the most hasn’t been released in full, and only as a trailer, as it sees Mr Show star Jay Johnson play a ridiculous spy, and Rich Fulcher is his idiotic nemesis. At least we can see three minutes of it, but it fucks me off no end the full version hasn’t been released, or that it didn’t get a full series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWFOox35-DA
Link Of The Week
The story of the making of Wild Wild West, many might suggest that it’s a terrible movie that deserves scorn, but for my liking it falls in to the so bad it’s amazing category, which could be why I enjoyed this article about it. But even if you hate it there’s a lot to like here, and some very funny anecdotes as well. https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/wild-wild-west-inside-story
Previous Comedy Snippets:
23/02/2020 – Outmatched, The Secret Diaries Of Alan Bennett, Avenue 5, Hot To Trot
16/02/2020 – Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Indebted, Sex Education, Turn Me On, Dammit!
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