Comedy Snippets: Wellington Paranormal, Solar Opposites +

comedy snippets 09052021Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.

Wellington Paranormal Series 3 Episode 1 and 2
The first series of this What We Do In The Shadows spin-off was a little patchy but the second was a big step up and it became joyfully daft stuff. Judging by these two episodes they’ve managed to maintain the quality thankfully, sometimes it’s quite a low budget affair but they still generate a lot of laughs, as with the first episode which featured an invisible monster and so there was lost of strong physical comedy with our heroes Officer Minogue (Mike Minogue), Officer O’Leary (Karen O’Leary) and Sgt. Maaka (Maaka Pohatu) lurching around like lunatics as they tried to arrest it. Fairly new addition to the cast Officer Parker (Tom Sainsbury) is great too, while the pay off was surprisingly sweet and so a curveball I wasn’t expecting at all. The second episode of the third series wasn’t quite as good if only because Rhys Darby reprised his role from What We Do In The Shadows though his werewolf character Anton is now a park ranger, and the issue was that he just wasn’t in it enough, it felt odd to bring him back and then only occasionally see him. Still, seeing O’Leary and Minogue accidentally ingest hallucinogenic mushrooms was a fun plot line (the highlight being their dancing with glow sticks) and the monster of the week turned out to be yet another inventive creation making the episode nicely unpredictable once again. ★★★★

Solar Opposites Season Two
I’m really not quite sure what to make of Solar Opposites, sometimes it’s a show that I enjoy a good deal, some times it feels like a rejected Rick and Morty script what with the way Korvo is essentially an alien version of Rick who’s able to create all manner of technological wonders to serve the plot, and it’s an ultra violent and often ultra cynical affair. And I’m not particularly fond of the hedonistic Terry either, and not just because he’s voiced by Thomas Middleditch who we’ve now discovered is a deeply unpleasant human being. Yet at times it can be a show that entertains a great deal, the miniature human society that exists in their house thanks to Yumulack shrinking anyone he dislikes has been an enormously entertaining aspect of the show, but that’s sometimes to its detriment as when there’s an episode where they aren’t present, such as the time travel packed idiocy of the third episode, I find myself wishing that we were following that plot line instead of the one we got. That time travel episode was the series at a low point too as it largely featured Terry and Korvo being annoying, but at least the majority of the second season was better than the first, Jesse and Yumulack had a few fun plotlines, the Pupa was allowed to develop and be pleasingly weird, and even though the finale was Wall-less I still found myself enjoying it a great deal. It has been renewed for a third season already but if it does return I hope Justin Roiland and co a) recast Terry, b) feature the wall in every episode, and c) make it less like Rick and Morty, and then they might have a show which is a must watch on their hands, as it is right now it’s a series i watched as I have way too much time on my hands and outside of a pandemic don’t know if I’d stick with. A generous. ★★★1/2

This Time With Alan Partridge Series 2 Episode 1
Back on our screens for a second series this most recent Alan Partridge had a very strong first series and the first of the second continues in that vein. In some ways it might be a little too similar to what we saw before, what with Alan and co-host Jenny’s relationship being professional but slightly frosty, Tim Key’s Simon once again fucked up his attempts at interacting with the viewers and Lolly Adefope’s Rosie and Alan verbally sparred in a predictable manner akin to every episode from the previous series, but hopefully they’ll shake it up over time and there was still a hell of a lot to enjoy here, a film where Alan visited some monks being prime Partridge and the show at its best, and the way he was caught off guard by Jenny’s boyfriend proposing (a wonderfully smug Simon Farnaby) and struggling to make a final sequence emotive as he reunited too long lost brothers was fantastic comedy. ★★★★

The Pirate
Gene Kelly and Judy Garland star in this Vincente Minnelli musical which has songs by Cole Porter, and given the involvement of all four you’d think it would be a classic, but that’s very much not the case. Judy Garland’s young twentysomething Emmanuella is being married off by her mother to the overweight old man Don Pedro for financial reasons and naturally she’s not exactly happy about this, but then life gets more complicated when she’s hypnotised by a very dodgy actor played by Gene Kelly who then kisses her while in such a state, because sexual assault used to be quite the popular thing in the nineteen forties it seems. Then a short time later he pretends to be a pirate that she fancies, even though secretly Don Pedro used to be the said sea based bastard, but that backfires inevitably as this tepid farce goes on for far too long. Due to the amount of lies Kelly tells it’s very dubious romance wise, but when poor old Judy finds out the truth it doesn’t take long for her to be in love with the man, even if that doesn’t make much sense at all. Even more annoyingly is the lack of songs as there’s only two in the first hour, a long fantasy sequence is bland, and though it’s fun to see Garland destroy the set as she throws everything and anything at Kelly at one point, it’s soon followed by a song where she claims “You Can Do No Wrong” which is confusing and then some given how duplicitous Kelly’s been throughout the film, and it’s a rather drab ballad too. There’s a couple more songs in the final half hour but again they’re fairly nothing-y, and this is a rare example of a musical that I regret watching and I couldn’t wait for it to be over. ★★

Video Of The Week
Pitchin’ Impossible invites people to talk about the show they’d like to make, with this episode featuring Maria Bamford, and her suggestion of “Never-Ending Suffering, Live!” is a fantastic one, with the video being a mixture of her talking about it and an animated take on what the show would be like, and it’s the Bammer, so of course it’s amazing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB2vhwqrmkI

Link Of The Week
Famously reclusive The Simpsons writer John Swartzwelder gave a rare interview with The New Yorker recently, and during it he touched upon some early work he did for Army Man magazine, a fanzine style affair which only lasted three issues but which can be found here and is a hilarious read: https://armymans.tumblr.com/

Alex Finch.
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25/04/2021 – 3 Idiots, Om Shanti Om, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
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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
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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
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03/11/2019 – Bojack Horseman, Comedians Giving Lectures, Living With Yourself, A Town Called Panic
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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
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08/09/2019 – Amusical, The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk, Fleabag, Digby The Biggest Dog In The World
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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
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04/08/2019 – Mike Tyson Mysteries, The Boys, Los Espookys, Hamlet 2
28/07/2019 – Lodge 49, Fortysomething, Mutafukaz, Brazil
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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
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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
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