Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
Continuing my mission to watch every film with a talking dog in it, I originally was going to post a full length review of the seventh entry in to the Air Bud series of talking dog films but then I stupidly spilt coffee over my laptop and destroyed it, which wasn’t the most fun I’ve had lately somewhat shockingly. Anyhow, this is a ridiculous affair as our beloved puppies gain super powers, a weird alien tries to destroy the Earth, and all manner of convoluted nonsense takes place in a film which I’m genuinely fond of. Even if you don’t have the quite frankly weird and questionably disturbing fondness for talking animal films that I have it’s one of the silliest family comedies I’ve ever seen, the majority of the jokes / puns work, the cast have a ball (and not just the canine ones!), with Michael Teigen as the local police sheriff sharing some of Jim Carrey’s abilities for unusual physical comedy, especially when possessed by the weird alien bastard who is hellbent on destroying Earth. John Ratzenberger is also on hand as a Grandfather who fancies himself as a superhero, at least on a minor scale, while Colin Hanks voices the bad guy and is so amusing that he almost makes up for his atrocious performance in Dexter (though not quite), and Amy Sedaris also pops up as a talking chicken, so you can pretend you’re watching it just because like all sane comedy fans you think she’s amazing and want to see everything she’s ever made rather than just because it’s a genuinely good slice of straight to dvd silliness.
Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens Season 1 Episode 2
I know, I know, I’m way behind on this very funny Comedy Central show which ended it’s first season last week, and the excuse is the usual one in that the amount of comedy produced means sometimes even when I write a positive review of a first episode of a show I sometimes I fail to get around to watching the rest of it. But once again now I’ve seen the second episode I’ll definitely finish off the season very soon as it’s a smart, sassy delight, and Awkwafina’s Grandmother is already the breakout comedy character of 2020 and deserving of her own show if for some reason this isn’t picked up for a second season – which it supposedly has been, though an official confirmation from Comedy Central has yet to be issued. I’d be amazed if it wasn’t however as this episode is also a real delight as Nora is persuaded not to masturbate all day but spend it with her grandmother in Atlantic City, though when she counts cards she’s soon in trouble and the same applies with her grandmother when they encounter a group of elderly Korean women hogging their usual table. The script is sharp and funny and pleasingly unpredictable, Awkwafina’s a great acerbic lead, yet the show also has a fair amount of heart (especially when it comes to dealing with a friend of Nora’s who’s lost her way) and the combination makes it essential viewing.
Future Man Season 3 Episode 2
On Friday I published a fairly positive review of Future Man but given how inconsistent the series had been in the past couldn’t confidently say the rest of the final season would satisfy, but so far it appears to be on much firmer ground with this second episode having a lot of great moments in it too. The show has always been at it’s best when it’s leaping all over history and that’s definitely the case once again as Josh and co head back to France, Japan and then Russia, though each time they change the timeline (initially by inventing sliced bread several centuries too early, and then killing a Samurai who insulted Wolf’s tea making abilities) and the Future Time Cops led by Marshall Mathers (hoho!) are able to track them down, hence why in this episode they visit so many times and places. Highlights include Josh talking about World War One only for Tiger to get off on it, and a sex scene accompanied by a Russian version of Foreigners “I Want To Know What Love Is”, but all of it was strong in general and the storyline continued to intrigue as well as Josh chats away with someone he’s starting to think may well be God, but clearly definitely won’t be.
I ummm’d and ahhh’d over writing a full review of this superb series for the site but though it’s often very very funny it’s not technically a comedy, and more of a Sometimes Dramatic Sometimes Humorous Fantasy (Or Somdrasomhumfan, as all the cool kids call it). But I couldn’t resist commenting on it here in Comedy Snippets as it’s made me laugh over the years far more than many a traditional comedy has, and also because it’s come to an end I felt the need to lament it’s final episode. A Syfy series that’s full of sex, swearing (at least if you watch the online version rather than the edited tv edition) and all round insanity, the show actually started off a little shakily and the first five or six episodes could be accused of being “Dawson’s Creek but with magic”, though thankfully it soon found it’s feet and became a series that’s more than worthy of your adoration. Throughout it had a very knowing and often quite meta sense of humour without overdoing it on that front, and became one of the most impressively inventive series I’ve ever seen as action took place in the magical university of Brakebills and the fantasy land of Fillory, the latter being a bizarre place and then some and which allowed the writers to play around with (and often satirise) many a conventional fantasy trope. The show also contained a number of egotistical and very twattish gods, and the best version of Santa Claus I’ve ever seen (whose last appearance was at the end of the penultimate episode of the show when he turned up to save the day and announced his arrival with the line “Hohoho Motherfuckers”). I’m only at the tip of the iceberg as to why it’s such a special show (and the way it treats and celebrates it’s female characters could be a 20,000 word essay alone) and have already written too much for a traditional Comedy Snippets entry, but in short, if you’ve any time for fantasy in the slightest you’ll want to watch every single second of this amazing series which is one of the best of the 21st century, and one that even though it only ended on Wednesday night I’m already missing a ridiculous amount.
Video Of The Week
It’s something a bit different this week as we’re recommending a channel rather than just one video, but “Laughing Around” is from the people responsible for the fantastic 2Northdown comedy venue and it has some superb videos from the likes of David Mills, Eshaan Akbar, Jack Barry, Eleaor Tiernan, Tiernan Douieb, Ali Brice and many more CTW favourites. https://www.youtube.com/laughingaround
Link Of The Week
To try and cheer us all up Vulture got in contact with a sod load of tv writers and asked them to come up with stories concerning the Coronavirus for 35 different series, some of which are still airing and some of which aren’t, with entries for 30 Rock, You’re The Worst, Joe Pera Talks With You and Brooklyn Nine-Nine among the highlights. https://www.vulture.com/2020/04/if-i-wrote-a-coronavirus-episode.html
Previous Comedy Snippets:
29/03/2020 – Kate & Koji, The Unicorn, Miracle Workers: Dark Ages, The Suicide Shop
22/03/2020 – Eugenius The Musical, Cake, Modern Family, Avalanche Sharks
15/03/2020 – It’s Personal With Amy Hoggart, Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Simpsons, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists
08/03/2020 – The Windsors, Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, The Big Sick
01/03/2020 – Everything’s Going To Be Okay, High Fidelity, Duncanville, His Girl Friday
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