Comedy Snippets: Magical Girl Friendship Squad Origins + +

comedy snippets 13122020Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.

Magical Girl Friendship Squad Origins Season 1 Episode 1
This animated series that aired on SyFy earlier this year and is a great example of why Adult Swim deserve a lot more credit than they get. Yes, a certain amount of their fare doesn’t always work with me but the majority does, as they take a crazy or unusual concept and develop it in to a laugh out loud comedy series. Magical Girl Friendship Squad Origins fails on every level though, the set up is exhausting as a weird Red Panda thing claims to be the creator of the universe and asks our heroines Alex and Daisy to protect it, mainly as she heard them quoting John Wick and so thinks they can kick ass. It’s filled with lots of lazy gags, attempts at shock humour, the characters are painfully annoying, and the animation is ugly too. Even though all kinds of craziness is going on the two leads just chat randomly and seem more involved with making each other laugh than dealing with everything that is truly bizarre that is taking place around them, and though I was desperate to do so there wasn’t a single thing that made me laugh or even smile in this opening episode. ★

Going Off Alarming by Danny Baker
I enjoyed the first volume of Danny Baker’s autobiography a good deal and his tales of what it was like to grow up in South London and his relationship with his father made for endearing material, so much so that it was made in to the BBC sitcom Cradle To Grave with Peter Kay that managed to be funny and quite charming. The second volume is much weaker though, there are still some intriguing and amusing tales as he talks about the early days of his career, but despite his warnings that his life has pretty much been one piece of enormous good luck after another there’s a slight smugness to it on occasion, and whilst it’s possibly jealously talking I quickly became a bit fed up with it at times, especially as he brags about how everything fell in to his lap and the amount of money he wasted away. This time around some of the stories of his home life are pretty dull too, with one anecdote concerning DIY going on for an age and not delivering any laughs, while some nonsense about his dog is poor too. Perhaps it wouldn’t be so noticeable if it wasn’t for the fact that he goes on and on about how brilliant these stories are, when in fact they’re fairly average and so they ended up annoying me and I now have no interest in reading the third book in the series. 2 stars. ★★

Only Americans Burn in Hell by Jarett Kobek
A very weird, very meta satire on America (and the rest of the world) involving the Queen of Fairly Land searching for her daughter, along with the antics of a Saudi Prince, though as the author admits very early on that’s all an excuse for him to discuss a number of subjects including how Trump became president, #MeToo, the state of the publishing industry, cinema, war and the all round misery of the 21st century. I bought this because of a quote from Alan Moore on the cover raving about how great it is, and the great man actually makes a cameo appearance in the book itself, but I didn’t love it quite as much as he did. It is an often fascinating read but there were some aspects I just didn’t get (Whatever the point he was trying to make concerning The Whitney Biennial for instance) and some of it is definitely a bit repetitive, with the self-deprecating comments becoming a little tiresome after a while. It’s a book I’m glad I’ve read, and Kobek makes some very funny and very intriguing observations about life in America in the twenty first century, but it’s not one I’ll return to. ★★★ 1/4

Modern Times
Only the second Charlie Chaplin film I’ve seen as an adult, I loved the first, The Great Dictator, an enormous amount but I had mixed feelings towards this. Certain scenes work and are effective (those in the prison, Chaplin as a night watchman, and the sequence where he imagines a perfect life with Paulette Goddard) and the attacks on capitalism and insight in to poverty in the nineteen thirties are definitely interesting, but other parts haven’t aged quite as well and some of the slapstick is surprisingly a bit average given Chaplin’s reputation, with some idiocy with his character working in a factory and a restaurant being a very mixed bag, with some great moments and some rather weak ones, and by the end it was a film which I didn’t regret watching, but was glad was finally over. ★★★

Video Of The Week
How To With John Wilson is one of the best comedy series of the year, and this great videos sees Wilson and executive producer Nathan Fielder discuss the making of a specific scene and which highlights just how much work goes in to each episode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCNsx_NyNOU&feature=youtu.be

Link Of The Week
Given how many people love Only Americans Burn In Hell I could be very wrong about it of course, and here Stewart Lee speaks to the author about his work in what’s a fun and fascinating interview. https://soundcloud.com/5×15/only-americans-burn-in-hell-jarett-kobek-stewart-lee

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