Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.
A new animated show created by Adam Davies (a short film called The Itching, and that seems to be about it) along with Magical Girl Friendship Squad Origins this is SyFy’s attempt at getting in on Adult Swim’s market, so it’s a 12 minute per episode affair set in a post apocalyptic world where the animals are all living together in a zoo and rather chatty, and the few humans they meet are hideously mutated. The main characters are a drug taking koala called Darby, a Cheetah called Glenn who’s trying to avoid violence, a dolphin that Glenn fancies called Marnie, and none of them are that likeable, while the rest of the animals are either weird or annoying. If it all sounds a little lolrandom, then yes, yes it is, indeed this appears to be thrown together without any real love, it’s just all about the animals acting in bizarre or shitty ways to each other or being enormously violent. All of which shouldn’t mean that it isn’t funny, there’s a lot of joy to be had by being insanely idiotic and all that sort of thing, but this feels so routine, so by the numbers, the kind of ugly animation that you’ll have seen online decades ago.
Semi-Detached Series 1 Episode 1
Some people will probably love the very manic, very stressed sitcom that is Semi-Detached, but watching Lee Mack’s Stuart essentially have a nervous breakdown and spend twenty four minutes in a permanently miserable state of mind, sobbing and whining the whole time, just isn’t my idea of a good time. It’s one of those farcical shows that builds and builds until the end, as he has to put up with an incredibly selfish father, brother, wife and neighbours, all of whom make demands on either his time or wallet, with his fear that his marriage might be over with being the driving force of this first episode as his wife April (Ellie White) doesn’t think he’s fun anymore, which is pretty understandable given that they’ve a four month old baby, but whenever he asks for help from others it comes with strings attached. Oh, and it’s a real time comedy apparently, not that they make any use of that concept in this first episode, and it just tends to mean you get scenes of people dashing about rather than some effective editing. I can recognise the places where it’s meant to be funny, but witnessing a man at this level of distress as people are shitty towards him just isn’t my cup of tea, and this being a sitcom there’s a number of contrivances (Stuart accidentally takes a sod load of drugs, a neighbour thinks her husband’s going to kill himself but of course he isn’t) all of which I found vaguely irritating. It’s a shame as I’m very fond of the cast, Mack and White especially, but I guess this is a case where it’s a show that’s just not for me.
Limmy’s Other Stuff
Limmy’s been startling honest about his mental health issues over the years and his biography is apparently such a brutal read that I’m waiting for the world to be in a much better place before I even begin starting it. So before this was announced he revealed that it would be his final ever tv show as he found working in the industry too stressful, and it’s a sort of mini-retrospective showing some of the videos he produced before he was well known, while he was famous, along with what he’s currently doing with his life now. Given how much content he’s produced online it was always going to disappoint and only give us a tiny glimpse of his work, but despite that I’m still surprised how poor this was. The first couple of videos were his first ever shown online and fun to see him looking ridiculously young, but that’s about it, and early sketches which were developed further in Limmy’s Show just highlighted how the tv version was a lot better. A selection of his vines (6 second videos for a now defunct site) were the highlight, and the only really funny part of the show, before it ended with a few clips of him streaming live, which is how he now hopes to earn a living, but none of them were anywhere close to being as good as his professional work. I can’t help but wish he’d gone out on a stronger note, that the chosen clips had been stronger, but I wish him all the best, obviously, and given his issues with mental health if doing the streaming thing makes him happy that’s all that really matters.
O Lucky Man
A right oddity this, as Malcolm McDowell starts out as a coffee salesman but his life spirals out of control, sometimes there’s lashings of satire of Britain of the seventies, the painful amount of corruption found in all walks of life and the evils of capitalism in general, and it offers up a nihilistic view for sure, but other times it’s surreal and strange and I wasn’t quite sure what point it was trying to make. At three hours it’s a bit of a marathon of a film and though there are a lot of parts which are strong (McDowell as a salesman oop North, the hospital trials, his flirtation with Helen Mirren and betrayal by her father) at times it left me a little cold, and the ending perplexed.
Video Of The Week
Story Time With Silcox is a new 10 part series of videos from Mark Silcox where he tells the tales, but as you might’ve guessed he puts his own unique spin on them, and very funny they are too.
Link Of The Week
Hip Hop’s Laughing Stock is a Radio 4 show presented by Joe Jacobs where he explores humour in the genre, and it is a great listen indeed.
Previous Comedy Snippets:
04/10/2020 – Bless The Harts, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Nocturna
27/09/2020 – Mapleworth Murders, Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club, Archer, Jumanji: The Next Level
20/09/2020 – The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway
13/09/2020 – The Boys, Two Weeks To Live, Bad Words, CJ7
06/09/2020 – All My Friends Are Superheroes, Calypso, Hits and Misses, Frances Ha
30/08/2020 – Waitress, Ruthless The Musical, The Last Five Years, Howard
23/08/2020 – Star Trek: Lower Decks, Other Space, Moone Boy, Yes God Yes
16/08/2020 – Corporate, Central Park, Opening Night, Only Lovers Left Alive
09/08/2020 – Die Hart, Middle England by Jonathan Coe, Sleeping With Other People, The One and Only
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