Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
Oh Hello On Broadway
I love John Mulaney a ridiculous amount and his stand up shows are some of my all time favourites, and I quite like Nick Kroll too, because oh yes, damning with faint praise never goes out of style round these parts. Yet until last weekend I’d never watched this show from the both of them where they take their “Oh Hello” characters Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney) on to the Broadway stage, that was quite the oversight too as it’s one of the funniest comedy specials I’ve seen in years, as these two comedians take on these slightly cruel, slightly mean, slightly eccentric but never less than hilarious creations and use them to send up theatrical life in gloriously funny ways. It’s not just the two of them rambling away either, as they present a play supposedly vaguely based on their real lives which sees them about to be evicted from their rent controlled apartment, and which contains amazing bits of dialogue like “George is hung like a hotel painting, in that it’s crooked and has seen awful things” that had me howling. There’s also flashbacks to when they were younger, a short bit of their chat show “Too Much Tuna” which features a guest appearance from Steve Martin, and a surreal dance sequence where “George and Gil descend the stairs like two walking swastikas”, all of which is never less than hilarious, and sometimes more than that. It ends in an extremely satisfying manner, and is a rare piece of live comedy that I definitely look forward to watching again in the future as it had me laughing such an incredible amount.
Emily Heller – Ice Thickeners
Currently available on youtube for free this is a great stand up set from Heller, best known as one of the writers of HBO’s Barry, who covers an impressive number of subjects in the hour in very funny but also insightful ways. Right at the beginning she shows just how great a stand up she is as she attacks Trump, but rather than just ripping him apart based on his looks or the idiotic comments he makes she compares him to the film Air Buddies, with the routine only getting funnier as she tries to come to terms with life in this strange new world where such a man can be elected to the highest office in the land. It’s not all Trump bashing though, she has some really strong material about mental health and therapy, how she’s only a vegetarian because she loves farting, and that she has no interest in losing weight as after she put on forty pounds she ended up having a lot of sex and earning a sod load of money, and all of these topics are dealt with in original and inventive ways. That’s also the case with the Ice Thickeners of the title, where she discusses how she has no interest in small talk, and her material about her boyfriend and online dating is just as fantastic as everything else in a set which is definitely a must see.
Related Link: You can watch the show on youtube here.
Sam Morril – I Got This
Another special that Comedy Central have put online, Morril’s set isn’t quite as good as Heller’s but it’s definitely a show that I largely enjoyed, even if the way he mostly tackles edgy subjects sometimes gets a little bland on occasion. Most of the time it’s pretty damn sharp however, starting effectively with discussion of MeToo, issues of consent and male privilege, all of which he makes some very astute and thoughtful comments about, and his material about negging, serial killers and “Fun Facts About Hitler” made me laugh as well. He’s on slightly shakier ground when it comes to Law and Order SVU and his thoughts about sexual abuse were a little poor, while some of his jokes about abortion just weren’t that funny, but most of the time this is a fun set, albeit not an essential one. Related Link: You can watch the show on youtube here.
Were The World Mine
Timothy’s an openly gay student at an all boy’s school who are putting on a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but other members of the faculty and a homophobic student complicate matters, and then life becomes odder when Timothy invents a love potion which he uses to turn the whole (or at least some) of the school / town gay. An American indie musical which looks (and feels) like it was made in the early nineties, there’s some problems when it comes to the issues of consent but it means well, and does at least address it at the end. It’s also a little slow, and slightly lacking in songs (and some of the ones we do get are way too short) but it at least has some great performances (including Twin Peaks’ Wendy Robie as the drama teacher), the script is strong and the second half’s largely pretty fun.
Video Of The Week
Zach and Viggo are two comedians I’ve heard a huge amount about but not yet seen live, and this sketch where they play two police officers makes me all the more frustrated about that as it’s exquisitely funny, a silly but extremely lovable affair packed with a great selection of very daft but hilarious moments. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fdJphWTSPY&feature=emb_logo
Link Of The Week
Swedish cartoonist Daniel Björk has a strange old mind which is why I’m so fond of him, and currently on Instagram he’s posting his reimaginings of horror films as if Disney had amimated them, and the best (Society, Hannibal, Basket Case) are truly funny stuff indeed. https://news.avclub.com/cartoonist-imagines-what-horror-movies-will-inevitably-1842751613 / https://www.instagram.com/p/B-h90TVKrzA/?utm_source=ig_embed
Previous Comedy Snippets:
19/04/2020 – American Dad, Maeve In America Essays By A Girl From Somewhere Else by Maeve Higgins, Quiz, Simple Men
12/04/2020 – Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Dave, Broke, Bran Nue Dae
05/04/2020 – Super Buddies, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, Future Man, The Magicians
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