Comedy Snippets: Central Park, Norm Macdonald + +

comedy snippets central park 2021Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.

Central Park Season 2 Episodes 1 – 3
A musical series from those involved with Bob’s Burgers, this should be a show I adore but the first season was a frustrating beast. Josh Gad serves as a narrator and when he’s singing he’s absolutely fine but when he’s delivering meta one liners about what might happen in the episode he’s almost as annoying as the worst sitcom characters ever created (Ted Moseby, Ross Geller, J.D. whateverhisnamefromScrubsis for the record). Stanley Tucci’s evil villain Betsy was fairly annoying and only very rarely amusing, and while the kids were likeable enough their parents were a bit dull. The ongoing plot line revolving around Bitsy wanting to destroy the park dragged on for way too, there were some cute subplots along the way but her inevitable failure took an age to occur. This second season already seems a lot stronger however, the first episode was a little too Bitsy heavy as a bunch of rich types wanted to mug her, but the second celebrating Mother’s Day was far stronger, packed with some very funny jokes and a great plot line for Paige, while the third episode was the best yet as the majority of it was based on Molly’s comic book world, Fista Puffs, and seeing the show be this playful and prepared to try out new ideas and art styles has made me excited for future episodes, for the first time ever as it goes, and it’s definitely benefitting from stand alone storylines and not having a season long arc this time around. ★★★★

Based On A True – Not A Memoir by Norm Macdonald
An unusual take on the celebrity memoir with Macdonald clearly enjoying filling the book with stories which are outrageously false and clearly untrue along with a sprinkling of tales which actually happened, he also fabricates a trip to Las Vegas and the use of a ghost writer to complicate matters even further. None of which is important as the main thing is just how funny this book is, for my money this is the funniest book yet written by a comedian and I certainly can’t remember laughing while reading one as much as I did here. Some stories you can see the punchline coming a mile off yet Norm is so skilled that despite this the punchline kills each and every time, and his turn of phrase is often exquisite. There was one minor element involving Norm’s frequent sidekick Adam Eget and a relationship he has with a woman who Norm believes to be a man which I didn’t quite get the point of, but otherwise I’ve no complaints and if you’re in any way a fan than this is a must read. ★★★★1/2

The Virgin Psychics aka Everyone Is Psychic: The Movie!
This sees Sion Sono make a bizarrely silly superhero sex comedy involving two students who can read minds, a restaurant owner with telekinetic powers who can only move “erotic items”, a woman who can turn people in to sex dolls, a boy who can teleport but only without clothes, and a woman who can see the future of anyone who stares at her breasts, among various others. It’s shockingly daft but also pretty dodgy given the number of shots of school girls in their underwear, even if they are played by women over 18, there’s been a fair amount of discussion online concerning the way Sono portrays women and here it’s often pretty unforgivable as to how exploitative it feels. Which is a shame because if you can ignore that aspect of the film there’s a fair amount to like about it, it’s very silly but sometimes absurdly mad, and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to enjoying parts of it, even if I felt very guilty afterwards. So it’s a kind of ★★★1/2 affair if you’re forgiving, but if you’re not it’s a ★ movie.

Uncle Peckerhead
Judy (Chet Siegel), Max (Jeff Riddle) and Mel (Ruby McCollister) are in a band together and about to go on tour when their van is repossessed, but they meet Peckerhead (David Littleton) who seems to be a nice enough fella who lets them use his vehicle as long as he can roadie for them. But it turns out that he has a slight problem in that every night at midnight he turns in to a flesh eating monster for 13 minutes, and the band discovers this when he eats a promoter who cheated them out of their money. Judy’s horrified but the others are strangely accepting, and as Peckerhead is otherwise seemingly sweet natured and friendly even when he murders more people they don’t call the police, in this comedy horror which sends up genre tropes, pricks the pomposity of pretentious bands, but is only intermittently funny, The AV Club gave it a positive review which is why I watched it but I thought that it stretches its central concept far too thinly and as a whole it ultimately disappointed. ★★1/2

Video Of The Week
The History Of Hands is a short film from Luke Rollaston which made me laugh an awful lot, and marks Rollaston out as a comedian you need to see asap. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kufgkbNmD8Q

Link Of The Week
A site I can’t believe I wasn’t aware of until this week, Stuart Mallard’s Frantic Planet is full of fascinating articles about British television, it’s beautifully written and contains a great deal of information I had no idea about. https://franticplanet.wordpress.com/

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