Comedy Snippets: 03/05/2020

comedy snippets 03052020Crank Yankers Season 5 Episode 12
After a break of 12 years Crank Yankers has returned to our screens with another bunch of celebrities phoning up members of the public and being weird, but I can’t help but feel that prank phone calls is a pretty exhausted idea and if the celebrities make the member of the public the subject of the joke it’s pretty horrible stuff, though thankfully they mostly don’t in this episode and only Ron Funches crosses that line. Alas the other calls weren’t actually that interesting though, it opens with .Jimmy Kimmel pretending to be representing Ariane Grande and asking questions about a white rafting ride she might be interested in, but rather than being silly or daft he makes her out to be a diva in surprisingly bland ways. The show doesn’t get any better when Derek Waters talks about wanting to send a cv to a company but starts rambling about his dad biting his toenails, while Aubrey Plaza, Punkie Johnson, Fortune Feimster and Ron Funches also failed to make me laugh too. Indeed only Mikey Day had the odd funny line as he’s a pretentious type on the phone to a garden centre, and it works as unlike any of the others the person on the other end finds him amusing and is happy to play along with him, so it’s kind of quite fun, but also the only time I found myself enjoying the show. Perhaps I was just unlucky and this was a particularly poor episode, but I’ll never know as it was so weak I can’t be arsed to watch another second of it.

Code 404 Series 1 Episodes 2 – 5
The first episode of Code 404 was a real joy, and that applies to the next four as well thankfully, so for once this isn’t one of those “Ah, well it seems I got a bit over excited initially” kind of mini-reviews and I ended up binging these episodes in the course of a day. Daniel Mays continues to have the showier role (and his excitement at the possibility of going to Chessington World Of Adventures was a glorious moment) but Stephen Graham anchors it with his reluctant sidekick who is sticking around for the time being at least, and the supporting cast are all superb too, and really deserved a mention in the original review. So to make up for that I thought I’d mention here just how fantastic Rosie Cavaliero’s often slightly sarcastic DCS Dennett is, fellow coppers Gilbert (Steve Oram) and Ryle (Emily Lloyd-Saini) mock Major’s robotic element in beautifully sardonic ways, Amanda Peyton’s scientist was enjoyably eccentric, Michelle Greenidge’s Officer Not Judy had the best running joke of the show, while Tracy Ann Oberman yet again showed how great a comedic actress she is as the boss of the ethics community who may well be more involved with Major’s original death than we know. Not that the show really suggests this other than a vague hint at the fourth episode, but it’s Oberman and she does evil exquisitely so I hope she is anyhow.

Upload Season 1 Episodes 2
After the first episode I thought this might be a pretty dark comedy, what with the way it featured the lead’s death and a suicide attempt when he found himself dismayed with the afterlife, but this second episode is a slightly lighter affair. I mean, it’s still pretty twisted, this is all about what happens to people when they die and how they’re left behind by others sometimes, but there were several big laughs as we got to see more of the afterlife including Nathan getting therapy from a talking dog, the game mode which involves a kid beating the crap out of one of the AI’s, and X-Files star William B. Davis using Nora as a target for his shooting game, with the latter character getting one of the best moments when he all but instantly works out that Nathan was murdered. Plus in the real world there was a fantastically strange yet still funny bit with Ingrid’s disgust with the sex suit she’d need to rent if she wants to be intimate with Nathan in the afterlife, and the mystery as to who killed Nathan carried on intriguing too, so I’m still pretty optimistic at this point that it’ll be a show I’m still raving about by the end of the season.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
This much loved classic sees Dorothy (Jane Russell) and Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) as two showgirls who are travelling to Europe as Lorelei is set to marry Gus Esmond (Tommy Noonan) in France, though Dorothy worries that on the way the shameless gold-digger Lorelei might get seduced by an elderly diamond mine owner. Meanwhile Dorothy’s frustrated as the US Olympic team are onboard but on a sex ban, so she’s struggling to find love herself, though sly private eye Malone (Elliott Reid, doing quite the impersonation of Jimmy Stewart) might eventually win her over. The dialogue sparkles as much as the diamonds Lorelei’s obsessed with but the frequency of the songs is slightly frustrating, with three great numbers early on but then there’s a thirty eight minute gap before the next one which is inexcusable for a supposed musical. It’s a real shame as with more songs this could have been an all time classic of the genre, but as it is I can only rate it 7.5/10.

Video Of The Week
Following on from my glowing review of “Oh, Hello On Broadway” last week, here’s John Oliver interviewing Nick Kroll and John Mulaney in character for an hour and twenty five minutes, which might seem like an insanely long time for an interview of this kind, but Mulaney manages to make it hilarious from beginning to end and the others are often great too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUgwTkDhgbo

Link Of The Week
We’re Garry Shandling obsessives here at CTW and so the release of a new book from his It’s Garry Shandling Show co-creator Alan Zweibel has got us all kinds of excited, with some of the stories mentioned in this article (like how the show was almost a bad NBC sitcom where Garry’s character was almost a baby photographer instead of a stand up comedian) suggesting it’ll be an essential read. https://www.vulture.com/2020/04/its-garry-shandlings-show-was-almost-a-terrible-nbc-sitcom.html

Alex Finch.
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Previous Comedy Snippets:
26/04/2020 – Oh Hello On Broadway, Emily Heller – Ice Thickeners, Sam Morril – I Got This, Were The World Mine
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

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