Comedy Snippets: 12/04/2020

comedy snippets 12042020Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
A filmed version of the hit stage show, Jamie’s a slightly melodramatic, sometimes shy and extremely likeable sixteen year old student who aspires to be a drag queen. After getting advice from friends and another drag queen he books his first ever show, and also plans to make an appearance in drag at the school prom too, but of course things are never that simple and thrown in to the mix are a mostly absent father who’s in the running for “Cunt of the Year” award, fellow student Dean Paxton who’s the kind of homophobic school bully you’ll find yourself wishing you could set on fire, and a careers teacher who has no belief in her students at all. Luckily he does have an amazingly supportive mother (commenting in one scene that Jamie should “Give the boys boners they won’t know what to do with” somewhat fantastically), a mentor in the form of Phil Nichol’s superb Loco Chanelle, and Pretti Pasha, a loving and caring best friend. The songs are largely fantastic, with “He’s My Boy”, “If I Met Myself Again and “The Legend Of Loco Chanelle’s” being my favourites, though there’s not a bad track in the whole show, and the book also contains some sharp and very funny moments and observations as it celebrates diversity in a beautifully touching and heart warming manner, to the extent there were times I found myself clapping while watching it on my laptop, which might be odd behaviour, but that’s just how good it is. Alas rather obviously it’s not on in the West End right now but due to the lockdown it’s been released online, and I loved it so much that I can’t wait for the opportunity to see it live too – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Yd6iF0mCCQ&feature=youtu.be

Dave Season 1 Episode 1
A new FX comedy from rapper Dave Burd (aka Lil Dicky) it’s a fictionalised version of his life set before he was well known, with Lil Dicky absolutely convinced that he’s going to be one of the biggest rappers of all time. All he raps about is his dick / sex however (or that seems to be the case from this debut episode anyway) and a good few of the other scenes also revolve around his or his girlfriend’s genitals, and this level of observation concerning sex isn’t exactly an unexplored comedy subject. Some parts are slightly more varied and Dave’s interactions with his parents Carol (Gina Hecht) and Don (David Paymer) are more likeable and mildly funny, while his relationship with his teacher girlfriend Ally (Taylor Misiak) has the odd sweetly amusing moment, but a lot of the time the show’s far too repetitive humour wise. Which is a shame as it’s a show which is nicely shot, impressively acted, and aspects of it appeal, and Lil Dicky’s undoubtedly an impressive rapper as the denouement at the end of the episode shows, but all too often it goes to the sex well for gags and comes out of it damp and disappointing.

Broke Season 1 Episode 1
I don’t think I’m a comedy snob and do like to give anything a go once, but given my general overall track record with network comedies you may wonder why I still bother reviewing them. It does work out that (roughly) for every great mainstream sitcom there’s 8.7 bad ones after all, and CBS is especially terrible at creating anything that amusing, but the all rather amazing Natasha Leggero is one of the main leads in this so I was hoping it might be more fun than their average effort. And it is. Not by a lot, admittedly, and there’s still a few things which are quite weak, but there’s just about enough decent gags in it that it might be something you find yourself enjoying. The set up is that Elizabeth (Leggero) and her husband Javier (Jaime Camil) were once rich but now they’re poor after being cut off by his father, and so forced to move in with Lucy (Pauley Perrette), Elizabeth’s sister who’s still living in their childhood home and struggling with money herself. She comes with a precocious son called Sammy who trots out the odd annoying line, and it’s a fairly standard Culture Clash / Odd Couple style set up which has the potential to get old quick, but the cast are game and though Leggero is the Most Valuable Player the other adults are great too, and in these grim times you could do much worse than check out this daft romp.

Bran Nue Dae
This is a fantastic Australian 1960’s set musical about Willie, an Aboriginal kid who initially trains to be a priest, but is kicked out when he (and others) steal from the tuck shop. He then bumps in to a guy who claims is his Uncle and the two head off back to Willie’s home town, pursued by an angry Geoffrey Rush. It’s short but sweet and all kinds of joyous, the songs are infectious and though some may have (understandable) issues with the way it casually depicts the church’s relationship with Aboriginal children, the majority of it is an anti-depressant in film form as it’s so much fun, and it’s something I’m enormously enamoured by.

Video(s) Of The Week
Whenever anyone asks me what tv series I feel was cancelled too soon, that I miss the most, The Middleman leaps to mind. A fun comedy action show with a hero who acts as if he was still in the 1950’s, and who has an amazing sidekick in the form of Natalie Morales’ Dubbie, it only lasted twelve episodes which is all kinds of frustrating as it was just so much fun. At least this wasn’t quite the end as the cast have reunited for two table readings, one of an unmade 13th episode, another of a comics crossover, and if you’ve seen the show then they’re essential viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE4a1kjvd78 / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNiKrttUUMg. Oh, and the tv series can be bought from Amazon here – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Middleman-Complete-DVD-Region-NTSC/dp/B001XW7ICW/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=the+middleman&qid=1586378652&sr=8-2

Link Of The Week
Martin Willis and the other lovely people at Objectively Funny have recently put together an online zine about mental health, which features writing on the subject from the likes of Olga Koch, Pierre Novellie, the Campaign Against Living Miserably and many others. It’s updated on a weekly basis and makes for fascinating and fantastic reading, and so we suggest checking out right…now! https://www.objectivelyfunny.com/

Alex Finch.
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26/01/2020 – Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goes Wrong Show, Mum, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
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