Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
The Windsors Series 3 Episode 2
Last week I reviewed the first episode and liked it a fair bit, feeling it wasn’t the show at it’s very best but it certainly hadn’t jumped the shark or anything close to it. My main complaint with the episode was that when it mocked real life events it wasn’t as fun, and that seems to have been proven with this one which is a much dafter and more enjoyable affair as we witnessed what happens when Charles, Camilla, William and Kate visited Kate’s parents, and Beatrice went to Glastonbury. The Glastonbury plot was the slightly stronger one as it gave Beatrice the spotlight for once, also allowed her to experience life as a normal person who is appalled by “commoners” and the portaloos (though anyone who wasn’t would be a little strange) and who falls in a love with Ash, a supposedly normal bloke who gets the best line of the episode when Beatrice confesses who she is only for him to say “Oh, the one who’s Dad’s a paedo?”. The Middleton’s plotline was almost as good though, with Simon Day hamming it up as Mike Middleton and Julia Deakin delivering some gorgeously vicious lines about how Camilla will never be queen, and William’s desperation to be liked and fit in with Mike had some extremely funny moments too, the best being his excitement at (briefly) discussing football, but his confused query “Now, what’s email?” also made me laugh hard. Hadyn Gwynne really is superb as Camilla, though Harry Enfield is bloody great too, and well, there’s not a weak link in the entire cast, with this continuing to be one of the best sitcoms Channel 4 have made in years.
Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast
The quality of this podcast ebbs and flows a little depending on the guest / just how exhausted Richard is, but it’s been going through a fantastic run recently with Frank Cottrell-Boyce turning out to be one of the best interviewees the show’s ever had as he had a fantastic selection of anecdotes about working on various films over the years, the majority of which were nicely self deprecating, and his tale of his writing for the Olympics Opening Ceremony and the Queen’s involvement really should be sought out as soon as you can. But also great is a recent appearance from Sara Pascoe, it’s her third go on the podcast and quite possibly the best yet as she has a freewheeling conversation with Richard and is quite happy to interrogate him about his life, and even manages to make Herring’s obsession with game shows a very funny element for a change. Also fun (and fascinating) was an episode with Paul Sinha who talked about his recent Parkinson’s diagnosis in a passionate manner while not forgetting to be funny too, and Kate Robins had some great anecdotes from her long and varied career, the best of which involved her representing England in the Eurovision Song Contest back in the eighties and her creating the theme tune to Surprise Surprise. I’ve not yet caught Tim Minchin’s appearance but I hear good things about that too, so it’s definitely worth checking out this recent batch of episodes even if like me you sometimes struggle with the series.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet Season 1 Episodes 2 and 3
The first episode of this new Apple Tv series was pretty great and I liked it a fair deal but then got distracted by many another show and have only just returned to it. I’m planning to binge the rest however as the second and third episodes are even better, it now feels fully formed and these episodes could be from a potential second or third season as the characters work so well together and they’re having fun with the plotlines. The second episode was the better of the two (but only slightly) as it explored Danny Pudi’s character Brad, as his worth was questioned and he showed just how valuable he was to the company by fucking with everyone in a lot of funny ways, while equally as enjoyable was a storyline where Ian and CW Longbottom had to come up with a backstory for a character they put no thought in to previously. While I’d always liked F. Murray Abraham I’d never thought about him as a great comedic actor, but he’s showing that he’s bloody superb at it, and the way he bounces off of Robert McElhenney’s lead has been a constant delight. The third episode was almost as strong as well, with the series examining the shittier aspects of gaming fandom when a bunch of nazis start making their political beliefs known by making large swastikas in the landscape, with certain members of the company not quite sure this is such a bad thing as they are paying customers after all. Plus in both episodes there’s been a extremely likeable Will They / Won’t They thing going on between two of the testers which adds a pleasingly warm element to the whole thing, making it something that’s a constant pleasure to watch.
The Big Sick
The true(ish) story of how Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gardner fell in love, it’s been critically praised by pretty much all the major reviewers but I thought it was only quite good. It’s two hours long but could have easily been cut down to eighty minutes, and there are scenes between Kumail and Emily’s parents which go on for ages and didn’t particularly involve me. It’s a shame as it is very funny in places (and I think I’d have enjoyed it a lot more if we’d seen more of Kumail’s stand up life) and the romance between Kumail and Emily is really sweet and believable, but ultimately it just goes on for too long and really needed to be edited down.
Video Of The Week
Joz Norris is one of our favourite comedians and here he’s teamed up with Matthew Highton to explore the world of Deep Fakes, so you’ll get to see Joz fake an orgasm and point a carrot at a psychopath among other very funny parodies of well known movies in a sketch which made me laugh a great deal. https://www.facebook.com/JozNorrisComedy/videos/1026284091077037/
Link Of The Week
Blizzard Comedy is not only the website for one of Manchester’s best comedy clubs, but it has a fantastic selection of interviews with some of the best up and coming comedians around too, all of which are a fantastic read. https://blizzardcomedy.co.uk/
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