Comedy Snippets: Short Tv & Film Reviews

comedy snippets 18042021Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.

Superstore – The Series Finale
I used to really enjoy Superstore, it was a fairly mainstream network comedy for sure but it also contained a strangely offbeat sense of humour and dealt with a good number of issues without ever feeling preachy. Towards the end of the fourth season it was starting to become repetitive though and I stopped watching it, and the news that star America Ferrera was leaving led to my deciding not to give it a second shot. But now it has come to an end and this two part finale manages to pull off something very few sitcoms do, in that it’s an enormously satisfying ending that manages to be emotional without ever feeling forced or saccharine. Once again tackling a big theme as the store is due to close down after being bought by a new company, the rise in online shopping, and presumably partially because of Covid-19 too, this is a rare sitcom where the cast are wearing mask for a lot of the running time. Plot wise it worked well too as America Ferrera’s Amy returns to try and save the store but refreshingly fails to do so despite her best efforts, and it also wrapped up a number of other storylines including what will happen to Mateo given that he’s an undocumented immigrant who spent a lot of the series fearing he may be deported, the relationship between Dinah and Garret, and what Glenn chooses to do with his retirement, and all of it felt carefully handled, providing lots of sweet moments but also strong laughs. It was slightly disappointing that Jonah’s new girlfriend Hannah (the always fantastic Maria Thayer) was giving the boot off screen, but that’s my only complaint, and even though I missed the last two seasons the ending was a touching one which I found very affecting. ★★★★

Douglas Adams’s Starship Titanic by Terry Jones
A definite case of expectations spoiling things, but how could a novel based on a game by Douglas Adams that was written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones not be something you’d presume would be very funny? It’s a shockingly patchy work though, sometimes containing very bland prose that feels like you’re reading through a strategy guide for the game, it has an over reliance on silly names and an off-putting obsession with female breasts which is borderline creepy. Having watched a youtube video of the game it deviates from the plot in enormous ways, which it probably needed to do to be stretched out to novel length but it also feels like a lot of it is rushed and it often builds to a moment you’ll presume will be exciting only to deliver a drab set piece that Jones struggles to make even slightly interesting. There are just enough decent jokes and a vaguely okay selection of characters to make it a book that I don’t regret reading, but only just though, this is worth picking up at a charity shop for a quid perhaps if you’re an Adams and Python completist but I wouldn’t recommend paying any more than that even if you’re a big fan of both men. A generous ★★1/2

Bast I Test Series 3 Episode 1
This Swedish version of Taskmaster is now on its fifth series but I’m way behind, largely as decent subtitles for the show weren’t originally easily available, but thanks to someone on Reddit you can now watch and understand it. The show is slightly different to the UK one in that there’s no prize task to kick things off and it only has four regular contestants, with a guest taking the fifth spot each time around, and I’ve no idea why as it doesn’t really improve the series. The four regulars are only okay too, Anders appears to be Sweden’s answer to Toby Young (and that isn’t a good thing) while Nassim acts like a seven year old MTV VJ from the 1990’s, though at least Clara Henry is good value for money and approaches the tasks in an amusing manner, and though Annika Andersson rarely made me laugh out loud she had a couple of strong solutions to the tasks. As for them, one where they had to invent a profanity led to some unusual insults that just about amused, but one where they had to find their way back to the house from an undisclosed location was really strong, as was one involving them creating a stunt, and a game of spot the difference was surprisingly funny too, and the final studio task while average wasn’t bad either. It’s not a patch on the current UK series of Taskmaster, but when that finishes I’d recommend checking this out, at least if you have withdrawal symptoms inbetween series in the way that I do. ★★★

It’s Always Fair Weather
Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, and Michael Kidd are three soldiers fresh from the second world war who make a promise to reunite ten years later, but when they do it’s a right old struggle as they have little in common any more. Luckily due to the involvement of one of them in a tv show they don’t just go their separate ways, in this smart, sometimes cynical, very funny musical which has some memorable numbers in it and a smashing ending. ★★★★

Video Of The Week
This latest series of Taskmaster has been a real return to form after the stodgy and often over complicated tasks found in series 10, and on their official youtube channel they’ve been posting outtakes and interviews, all of which are a must see, but this chat with Charlotte Ritchie is my personal highlight so far. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwBqs-QUoqI

Link Of The Week
Wonder Showzen was the first series from the nearly always amazing PFFR, and this superb article contains interviews with the key players involved in the Beat Kids segments, where they sent out young kids to interview people in public and it’s a piece which is very funny and very fascinating too.
https://tv.avclub.com/wall-street-avengers-and-little-hitlers-an-oral-histor-1846648251

Alex Finch.
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Previous Comedy Snippets:
11/04/2021 – Adam Buxton’s Podcast, Films To Be Buried With, How Did That Get Made, Flower Drum Song
04/04/2021 – Solar Opposites, James Acaster A New Tomorrow, Quick Draw, Sky High
28/03/2021 – Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, The Adventures Of Ichabod And Mr Toad, Hercules
21/03/2021 – Over The Moon, The Simpsons, Hell Den, Why Don’t You Just Die!
14/03/2021 – One Hundred And One Dalmatians, Bambi, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Dumbo
07/03/2021 – Raya And The Last Dragon, The AristoCats, Pinocchio, Lady And The Tramp
28/02/2021 – My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea, Eleanor’s Secret aka Kérity, La Maison Des Contes, Anina, A Cat In Paris
21/02/2021 – Pls Like, Climaxed, Free-Range Chickens, The Last Circus
14/02/2021 – Kongen Befaler, Neil Hannon: 30 Years Of The Divine Comedy, King Rocker, Comunidad
07/02/2021 – Seinfeld: The Return, Would I Lie To You?, It’s A Sin, Witching And Bitching
31/01/2021 – Save The Bill Murray, Bridge And Tunnel, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Penguin Highway
24/01/2021 – Search Party, Red Oaks, The Humans, Mirai
17/01/2021 – Everyone Is Doing Great, WandaVision, Search Party, Promising Young Woman
10/01/2021 – Congrats On The New…, Bananas For Bonanza, Taskmaster The Podcast, The Wolf Of Snow Hollow
03/01/2021 – Taskmaster, Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights, The Tiny Wife, Lucky Stiff
27/12/2020 – James Acaster – Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999, Brian Butterfield Pod-Pod-Podcast, Would I Lie To You?, A Serious Man
20/12/2020 – Taskmaster, Suurmestari, Stormester, Taskmaster New Zealand
13/12/2020 – Magical Girl Friendship Squad Origins. Going Off Alarming, Only Americans Burn In Hell, Modern Times
06/12/2020 – Night Is Short, Walk On Girl, Lu Over The Wall, Ride Your Wave, Mind Game
29/11/2020 – Sir Bernard’s Stately Homes, Taskmaster, Dead Snow, The Bad And The Beautiful
22/11/2020 – Tigtone, Legally Blonde The Musical, Man Seeking Woman, Kajillionaire
15/11/2020 – I Hate Suzie, Taskmaster New Zealand, Aunty Donna’s Big Ol’ House Of Fun, Sunshine On Leith.
08/11/2020 – Mom, Kongen Befaler, Squeamish About, Paper Moon
01/11/2020 – The Eric Andre Show, How To With John Wilson, Urban Myths, The Great Yokai War
25/10/2020 – Borat Subsequent Movie Film, On The Rocks, Baroness Von Sketch Show, The Palm Beach Story
18/10/2020 – Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story, Fantabulosa, Cor Blimey, Greed
11/10/2020 – Wild Life, Semi-Detached, Limmy’s Other Stuff, O Lucky Man
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

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