Comedy Snippets: Corporate, Central Park, Opening Night +

comedy snippets 16082020Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.

Corporate Season 3 Episodes 2, 3 and 4
I’ll be reviewing the series finale shortly after it airs but couldn’t wait until then to praise this truly fantastic Comedy Central show, which this year is absolutely on fire, the first two seasons were superb stuff but this latest batch of episodes elevates it to one of my all time favourite series. Over the course of these three episodes it’s plunged in to darkness as it’s explored Jake’s suicidal tendencies (with Bob Odenkirk voicing his “Black dog” beautifully) in a insightful, sensitive but also often shockingly honest manner, given Grace the chance to shine as she forged a friendship with Christian at the expense of the one she had with Karen (allowing Lance Reddick to be even more amazing than he usually is) and then examined ratings culture in a very manner as Jake was stalked by a company he bought a car from and Matt was forced to give John constant affirmation. It’s a show which is so fucking smart it almost hurts, and though the satire is often razor sharp it’s sometimes nicely daft too, so along with a fair sprinkling of desolation there’s been Matt as Mary Poppins and John imagining he has hair and pretending to comb it. Plus the fourth episode featured both Lauren Lapkuss and Paul F. Tompkins, so if you had any doubts over watching it, well, they surely must have been dismissed now, and if they haven’t, well, watching the first episode of season one should be enough to have you falling madly in love with it.

Central Park Season 1 Episodes 9 and 10
I’ve been struggling with this show for a while now as anyone who read the previous Comedy Snippets mini-reviews will know, but I stuck with it in the hope that it might come to a strong close. It did, thankfully, but the penultimate episode was one of the poorest as Bitsy continued to be a very annoying villain and never an enjoyable one, Owen and Paige were largely wet, the narrator managed to be even worse than those three, and the kids were still the only good thing about the series. Their story involved a Home Alone 2 themed walking tour which contained a lot of very silly jokes and ideas, and a really great song too, but even though it was great it wasn’t enough to save the whole thing. At least the finale saw the show finally find it’s feet but considering that after the fairly fun first episode the following eight were such a very mixed bag it’s really not good enough, and I think the only reason I liked the tenth was because there was just one main plotline involving everyone instead of a number of bland strands featuring characters I don’t get on with doing annoying things, with only Cole and Molly occasionally popping up to do something funny. It’s frustrating however as though the show ended with everything vaguely wrapped up, Bitsy’s wish to destroy the park is still ongoing and I’d really hoped that would be resolved or she’d die, preferably in a suicide pact with Helen, and neither thing happened irritatingly. I’m aware that this review is fairly late too, as the series ended a few weeks ago, but it took me ages to finally persuade myself to watch it, and if it wasn’t a musical and a summer in the middle of a pandemic I’m not sure I would have bothered. Though some of the songs were often enjoyable, my disdain for 72% of the characters meant that I’ve struggled with it way too often, and unless the reviews are very positive I doubt I’ll bother with the second season.

Opening Night
Topher Grace is a former actor who hates musicals, which might be a problem as he’s working as a stage manager on one opening this very night on Broadway. I’d been recommended this as a must see musical but it’s not really a proper one, more of a rather slight satire of Broadway that has a couple of original songs in it, but they’re few and far apart and though fine they’re nothing that special, and elsewhere it’s occasionally a bit of a jukebox musical and I’m not fond of those. Perhaps if I hadn’t been expecting a traditional musical I might not have been felt so let down by it, and I liked a few parts, with appearances from Anne Heche, Brian Huskey, Zach Cregger and Paul Scheer’s often making me laugh, but overall it was only okay and nothing more than that. Also, as an aside, Kether Donohue is prominently billed but only in it for a blink of an eye, while according to the credits Peter Serafinowicz supposedly plays a character called Waldo and I didn’t spot him once, not even when I skipped through the movie afterwards trying to find him, and he’s not listed on imdb either so I can only presume he was cut from the movie, so if like me your fans of both and thought it might be worth watching because of them, prepare to be very disappointed.

Only Lovers Left Alive
Tom Hiddleston’s a depressed vampire hanging about Detroit making Sigur Ros-esque music, while Tilda Swinton’s his wife who drops in to try to cure poor old Tom’s depression, which is largely due to humanity really not impressing him right now.  Identifiably a Jim Jarmusch movie, it’s suitably melancholy at times yet has a wry sense of humour, though the odd line of dialogue is a clunker. It’s also definitely a little pretentious at certain points, but I was in a forgiving mood as it’s certainly an interesting film, beautifully shot, and any movie which has John Hurt playing Christopher Marlowe as a centuries old vampire has to be worthy of your time.

Video Of The Week
The Rocky Interactive Horror Show was released back in 1999, a truly terrible pc game which seems irritating to play in the extreme, but it has led to this fun video at least, where a guy plays it and tries (and quite possibly fails) to stay sane, and if you want another reason to watch it, Sir Christopher Lee is on hand to occasionally narrate the game too.

Link Of The Week
The Lost Fringe is a superb series of photographs of shows which were due to take place at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, so if you feel like laughing and then feeling a bit sad, this is the site for you.

Alex Finch.
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Previous Comedy Snippets:
02/08/2020 – In My Skin, Norsemen, American Ultra, My Neighbors The Yamadas
26/07/2020 – Don’t, Central Park, Giuseppe Makes A Movie, Turbo Kid
19/07/2020 – Man To Man With Dean Learner, James Ross – Leopardoptera, No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July, Laughter In Paradise
12/07/2020 – The Ghost Of Peter Sellers, French Exit by Patrick DeWitt, The Man In The White Suit, Ninotchka
05/07/2020 – The Kominsky Method, Tournament Of Laughs, Elliot Allagash by Simon Rich, The Monster Squad
28/06/2020 – Man Seeking Woman, Spoiled Brats, The World Of Simon Rich, Inside Out
21/06/2020 – A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Crossing Swords, The Insecurities Of Dill, Manborg
14/06/2020 – Upstart Crow, La Princesca de la Woking, Solar Opposites, The Muppet Movie
07/06/2020 – Jeeves And Wooster, JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales, She Loves Me, Where’s Marlowe?
31/05/2020 – It Started As A Joke, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, Best Worst Movie, The Aristocrats
24/05/2020 – Solar Opposites, Daniel Kitson – The Interminable Suicide Of Gregory Church, Jimmy O. Yang – Good Deal, How To Marry A Millionaire
17/05/2020 – What We Do In The Shadows, JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales, Down The Line, Bolt
10/05/2020 – The Toxic Avenger The Musical, Kinky Boots, The Simpsons, Wrong
03/05/2020 – Crank Yankers, Code 404, Upload, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
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
10/01/2019- Best Week Ever With Paul F. Tompkins, Vice, Catastrophe, Angie Tribeca

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