Comedy Snippets: James Acaster – Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 +

comedy snippers 2712020Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.

James Acaster – Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999
Acaster’s most recent show streamed just prior to Christmas with tickets costing ten pounds, which beforehand I thought was a fairly high price but given how good it is I’d happily pay, well, ten pounds, as I’m a cheap bastard and then some, but if it had been twenty I still wouldn’t be complaining and there’s not many comedy specials I’d say that about. It starts off strongly with an attack on the kind of comedians who punch down and pick on the trans community and then Acaster doesn’t let up as he tells a long and complicated story about just why his appearance on Bake Off was such a disastrous one, and which also contains some beautifully funny moments. It’s searingly honest and all the better for it, and his material about a phone call to the Samaritans is one of the best routines I’ve heard in many a year. And then somehow it gets even better in the second half, two hours is a long time for any comedian to keep his audience enraptured but Acaster does so in a manner which feels effortless, and the story of how he lost both his agent and his girlfriend in the same year is shockingly funny, and the way it involves Rowan Atkinson and Mr Bean really does make it quite unique, you’ll never hear a story quite like this anywhere else. Acaster has long been a favourite of mine but here he steps up to another level, and in to the very top tier of stand up comedians. ★★★★★

Brian Butterfield Pod-Pod-Podcast
Peter Serafinowicz’s pathetic but lovable businessman Brian Butterfield is an amazing creation, and one who has made me laugh a huge amount. Serafinowicz at one point was trying to get a movie made based around the character and it’s a crime that no one funded it, while the BBC turned down a sitcom which also starred Alison Steadman, John Thomson, Jamie Demetriou and Ross Lee, I’m normally a fan of the beeb but this is a rare time when I wish I could set fire to them. Dangerous anger aside, at least now the character is back in audio form, as this podcast from the man is hilariously funny and packed with an almost insane amount of quotable lines, from Butterfield trying to sell us the “16th best a man can get” razor blade to discussions about the Mr Bean script he has written which shows us “The side of Bean you’ve never seen. The serious side”. Rob Delaney is the guest and as much as I like him I almost wish this was all Butterfield, Delaney’s amusing in places but nowhere near as good as Serafinowicz’s absurdly odd creation. If I listed every funny moment this would be several thousand words long, and as regular readers will know I’m far too lazy to do that, but if you ever listen to podcasts, or hell, listen to anything at all, you should give this a shot as soon as humanely possible, and I only hope that the next episode will come along far sooner than suggested. ★★★★1/2
https://anchor.fm/brian-butterfield1/episodes/Ep0001—Rob-Delaney-enhd62

Would I Lie To You? Christmas Special 2020
A pane show I used to be extremely fond of, and there aren’t many of those, the last couple of series have run the gamut from being quite good to quite awful but I hoped they’d pull out the stops for this Christmas special and gets some great guests with some great stories on. Instead we got. Joe Swash, Jo Brand, Joe Lycett and Ruth Madeley, and a quite poor selection they were indeed. Lycett and Brand have made me laugh elsewhere but were nearly always drab here, Swash was actively annoying, while I only watched the episode yesterday and can barely remember anything Madeley said or did which can’t be a good sign. Lee Mack and David Mitchell were still capable of the occasion quip which made me smile, but no actual laughter took place, and it really is time to call it a day with the series so the very talented Mack and Mitchell can do something better with their time. ★★

A Serious Man
A fairly black comedy about a poor Jewish guy whose life falls apart after his wife cheats on him, it’s intermittently funny, and always of interest, and there’s some really intriguing and amusing scenes, but it just felt a bit flimsy and pointless, and the ending was frustrating. Which seems to be almost always the case with the Coens of late, and maybe that’s why I can only say this is worthy of watching but really by no means essential, I wish it wasn’t the case but because of there deliberately antagonistic denouements it has been a long old time now since I was really enthusiastic about one of their films. ★★★

Video Of The Week
Brian and Charles is a short film by David Earl, best known for portraying the character Brian Gittens, and this short sees him play him once again in a dark and cold winter where to get by he made a robot, which yes, does lead to a lot of very funny moments indeed and it’s a fantastic affair in general. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-ewmEKENwg&feature=emb_logo

Link Of The Week
Nobody expected the sequel to Borat to be that good but they pulled it off and then some, and it’s packed full of hilarious scenes, many of which are discussed here in this interview with director Jason Woliner.
https://www.insider.com/borat-2-director-jason-woliner-interview-rudy-giuliani-secrets-2020-12

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