Comedy Snippets: Short Tv & Film Reviews

comedy snippets 12092021 taskmaster nz s2Short reviews of comedy old and new, and other bits of info which don’t fit anywhere else on the site, updated weekly.

Taskmaster New Zealand Series 2 Episode 10
Expectations were high for this second series of the New Zealand version of Taskmaster as the first was so great, one of only two international series to be on par with the British show. What I didn’t expect however is for them to create pretty much the best series yet out of all of them, including whenever Greg Davies and Alex Horne have been hosting, and perhaps only series 5 of the UK Taskmaster with Bob Mortimer and Sally Phillips was as great. A big part of why it was so special were the simplicity of the tasks, which let the contestants be creative and work them out in all manner of unusual ways, but it would of course be nothing without the participants being hilariously funny and that was the main reason this series was so consistently a pleasure. “The three friends” Guy Montgomery, Laura Daniel and David Correos were all sublime, working so well together on team tasks but being delighted by their singular efforts when watching them back in the studio, and all three produced moments of comedy gold, or even some sort of metal more valuable than that, and though Urzila Carlson and Matt Heath weren’t quite up to their level of inspired insanity they were still were very entertaining. Paul Williams has proven himself to be even better than Alex Horne in the role of Taskmaster’s assistant (and I don’t say that lightly, as Horne is almost always superb in the UK show), and once again the only weak link was Jeremy Wells who wasn’t harsh enough at times, but it was still a great improvement on his first series efforts. If you’re a Taskmaster fan this is essential viewing, and if you’ve never seen the show before I’d recommend watching this and falling madly in love / lust with it. ★★★★★

Schmigadoon! Season 1 Episodes 3 – 6
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a glowing review of the first two episodes of this high concept musical comedy where Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) and Melissa (Cecily Strong) stumble upon a small town which looks like it’s made out of plastic and straight out of a very cheesy forties musical as those that live there burst in to the song whenever given the chance. I almost didn’t bother with the show as a normally trusted friend didn’t rate the finale, but for my money this was pretty close to exquisite from start to finish. True, the final episode did feel a little rushed (thanks to the pandemic the original episode order was cut from eight to six, which may explain why) and everything was wrapped up rather quickly, but I found myself not caring a jot because the songs were so beautifully constructed and performed, the central message about welcoming change and not judging others was delivered in a very funny manner, and all of the cast were on top form from start to finish, with Kristin Chenoweth delivering a song inspired by The Music Man in one long take being pretty damn breath-taking. I’m not convinced there’s a need for a second season, but as long as they shake things up a bit, perhaps giving it a sixties setting as hinted at in the final song, than I’d be absolutely onboard. ★★★★1/2

James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes Book
A sort of memoir that functions as a collection of unusual tales from Acaster’s life, don’t expect any scandalous behind the scenes of hit tv shows type stories as this is more about the unusual situations he’s gotten himself in to over the years from a very early age onwards, and they rarely involve his work as a comedian. That’s not an issue however as they’re laugh out loud material as Acaster is wryly honest about the choices he’s made, some stories may not sound that exciting from a brief description, like how one night Acaster slept in a bush as he missed the last train home, but the minute detail and dissection of every choice he makes leads it to being sublimely funny, and a good few of them are of the kind that if they weren’t genuinely true you might not believe them. Plus there’s also some quite unsettling descriptions of the three major car crashes he was involved in, a tale of a date with an extremely demanding woman which of course ends very unhappily, and the story of one night where he drunkenly mocked a large group of teenagers but somehow managed to avoid being beaten up by then, all of which contain a good few hilarious moments. This is easily one of the best book’s by comedians around, it loses half a star as towards the end the tales are a little weaker and weren’t really needed, but ends with the best out of all of them, if you’re even a vague fan of the man’s work this is a must have.
★★★★1/2

The Green Butchers
A Danish comedy about butchers starring Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen and some bizarre haircuts, the lead two character open a butchers shop which does badly until Mads accidentally freezes to death an electrician, serves his flesh to his butcher enemy, and suddenly is a huge success. It’s not that original a premise then, somewhat weirdly, and despite the bleaker aspects is quite a gentle comedy about two unusual men, but while it has a very funny punchline most of the time it’s only mildly amusing fare, likeable for sure but little more than that. ★★★

Video Of The Week
Following on from the above review of Taskmaster New Zealand, here’s a clip of Guy Montgomery showing how great a stand up he is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_htjon2j8k&t

Link Of The Week
Armando Iannucci’s Time Trumpet received a fair few negative reviews when it aired but this Guardian article is trying to change its reputation, it’s not quite as good as they suggest but it is something which definitely has a lot going for it. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/sep/09/time-trumpet-the-savage-cult-comedy-that-predicted-the-future

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22/09/2019 – Alternatino with Arturo Castro, The Good Place The Selection, American Dad, American Reunion
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