Rolling UK Comedy Thread - "Ricky Don't Lose Larry David's Number

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To go along with the new xmas episode of motherland, i decided to grab a bunch of UK comedies i was unfamiliar with. Opinions on the following? Best to avoid, best to jump in immediately?

Alma's Not Normal
Raised By Wolves
White Gold

I liked Alma’s Not Normal a lot.

Pure was interesting but uncomfortable watching, and I’m not sure I recognised it was a comedy when I watched it. This was right at the start of UK lockdown - so my sense of humour may have gone temporarily mia.

Luna Schlosser, Saturday, 24 December 2022 22:29 (nine months ago) link

Rev. Is terrific, never seen any of the other ps.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 24 December 2022 22:34 (nine months ago) link

Quite enjoyed Pure but it felt like it was interchangeable with a few other series e.g. Feel Good.

Never watched Alma's Not Normal, Scarborough or Uncle

Raised By Wolves was fine but 50% of the jokes were nostalgia and that film with Beany Feldstein suggests CM is not exactly a reliable narrator. Cast are v good

White Gold is fine but 90% of the jokes are nostalgia.

Cuckoo is a weird one. The two leads change actors after season 1 - one of which is a contrived new character which leads to a season+ long joke that never pays off well - and the final season is a buddy comedy that the male lead isn't even in. But bits of it made me laugh and it's a solid britcom the ensemble cast.

Rev is great and the only thing on the list I would consider rewatching. Tom Hollander is brilliant but then he generally always is.

Josh is rank. Utterly dreadful.
In other nepotism news (matching Beattie Edmondson in Josh, who should never be allowed to perform again between that and the Wright Way) Witless is sort of charmless and not worth the time investment.

Hello I'm shitty gatsworth (aldo), Sunday, 25 December 2022 00:03 (nine months ago) link

Loath as I am to dunk on comedians' sisters, that woman in Witless is extremely annoying. The week she was on House of Games, we couldn't watch it after the first episode.

trishyb, Sunday, 25 December 2022 09:47 (nine months ago) link

cousin visiting from nz so they are watching Only Fools marathon in the wrong aspect ratio

koogs, Sunday, 25 December 2022 15:55 (nine months ago) link

detectorists didn't disappoint, thankfully.

the nod to Becky's mum dying was nice. the throwback to the lemonade. the TR7.

koogs, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 08:49 (nine months ago) link

I struggled with Detectorists a bit tbh.

I didn't buy Toby Jones's motive. The burnt-down cottage was a weird jolt. And that ending? Eh.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 18:11 (nine months ago) link

After Glass Onion and the popularity of cosy murder mysteries these days, I really enjoy something that has conflict and drama rooted in small things that do not involve killing people. Even though it seems on the surface like Lance and Andy have both lost a lot at the start of the episode, Andy still has his family, but Lance has lost even that connection, even though it may not be permanent. I totally bought his desire to have something that nobody could take away from him, at least for a little while.
I particularly love Lance's disdain for archaeologists. And the way he sings "It's Raining Men".

trishyb, Wednesday, 28 December 2022 18:17 (nine months ago) link

I hadn't really thought about it like that. I like that reading. I guess with my historical understanding of the characters, it felt like an engineered conflict - the resolution of which did little to suggest it was anything much beyond 'will this do?'. (I like that their relationship is super low-key but...) Co-sign the way he sings 'It's Raining Men'.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 28 December 2022 19:31 (nine months ago) link

remember a long time ago when i got seriously addicted to QI on youtube? well that's still sort of happening, grimly. and i watch some only connect but those get removed unpredictably

but nowww there's a YT account called Mundo that has uploaded seemingly the entirety of Richard Osman's House of Games and man this show rules! great questions, people are pleasant enough, very comfy

goole, Friday, 6 January 2023 20:14 (eight months ago) link

holy crap it’s goole! hi!

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 7 January 2023 00:33 (eight months ago) link

hello tracer :)

several consecutive hours of Richard Osman quizzes got me posting

goole, Saturday, 7 January 2023 02:12 (eight months ago) link

hey whatever it takes

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 7 January 2023 10:45 (eight months ago) link

It's a very good show, but sometimes they have a weak lineup and it can be a bit like pulling teeth. And some of the rounds are rubbish, like the Internet passwords round (which we always fast-forward through because it's just guessing numbers and they never get them right).

trishyb, Saturday, 7 January 2023 11:04 (eight months ago) link

Best rounds on House of Games are the one where they pause a song intro and you've got to buzz in where you think the lyrics start, and the one where they have to place something on a map. I would happily watch a half hour show consisting of just the latter.

chap, Saturday, 7 January 2023 12:35 (eight months ago) link

Yeah those are some of the best rounds, I really like the round where they made picture clues of song lyrics, but I think they've retired that round because I don't remember seeing it in a while.

braised cod, Saturday, 7 January 2023 13:06 (eight months ago) link

I like the I'm Terrible at Dating round and the Distinctly Average round, just because it's fun trying to make informed guesses based off your own personal anchor points.

trishyb, Saturday, 7 January 2023 13:39 (eight months ago) link

Distinctly Average is great. I always use The Chase guessing tactic, go as high as plausible because why else would they ask the question, and it works most of the time.

braised cod, Saturday, 7 January 2023 17:04 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

A good question!

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 11 February 2023 11:03 (seven months ago) link

I'd be screaming "get me out of this fucking nightmare" within 2 minutes. Yes, and the garish set is quite triggering as well. If they turned off the lighting it could like that movie, Circle. In which the panel guests are all prisoners of a mystery AI tesla ball in the middle of the set and it executes them all one at a time!

calzino, Saturday, 11 February 2023 11:32 (seven months ago) link

id watch that show (even if i couldnt see much)

mark s, Saturday, 11 February 2023 11:44 (seven months ago) link

it's quite a fun movie, but unfortunately no UK comedians get electrocuted in it.

calzino, Saturday, 11 February 2023 11:56 (seven months ago) link

I wonder if it's so that someone who switches the programme on in the middle can recognize it immediately as a comedy panel show and not a proper quiz or a news programme? It'd be interesting to compare the design, maybe.

trishyb, Saturday, 11 February 2023 12:05 (seven months ago) link

QI design is less garish, possibly to highlight that it is Edutainment?

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 11 February 2023 12:13 (seven months ago) link

Oh yeah, that would make sense.

trishyb, Saturday, 11 February 2023 12:38 (seven months ago) link

Whereas the others are neither educational or entertaining.

Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Saturday, 11 February 2023 13:50 (seven months ago) link

I enjoy Would I Lie to You in an it's Friday night and I'm on my third beer kind of way.

chap, Monday, 13 February 2023 09:37 (seven months ago) link

It's good, especially if Bob Mortimer is on. But I avoided it for a while exactly because of the garish set.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 13 February 2023 10:58 (seven months ago) link

i love WILTY especially for bob mortimer and greg davies, but yeah the sets are an abomination

here 1st (roxymuzak), Monday, 13 February 2023 17:09 (seven months ago) link

Munya was v good on WILTY last week I thought

his cartoon heart expands, then he relaxes by smoking crack (stevie), Tuesday, 14 February 2023 08:31 (seven months ago) link

Agreed - good chemistry with David.

chap, Wednesday, 15 February 2023 10:55 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Just popping in to say "Fuck Alfie Brown"

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 17:46 (six months ago) link

The Jewish woman who called him out for doing a lazy & insulting "left wing are antisemites" routine in 2023 has been bullied into deleting her account, but you can get an idea of it from him.

To those who’ve asked.

I was doing a work in progress of my new show Red Flags Galore! and made a joke, it’s not in the show, I was off on some tangent.

“I’m what’s often described by some on the left as a ‘centrist’, which means I’m also left wing but I don’t hate Jews”

— 🇺🇦 alfie brown (@abcomedian) March 21, 2023

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 17:51 (six months ago) link

oh good a comedian who is Very Left Wing, Actually but also hates Corbyn, how refreshing

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 17:58 (six months ago) link

Never heard of him but amused to find out his dad is Glen Ponder.

Maggot Bairn (Tom D.), Tuesday, 21 March 2023 18:34 (six months ago) link

2. I didn’t feel comfortable explaining to a Jewish woman that she was wrong on antisemitism, even if I believed that to be the case. I also said, just because she was Jewish didn’t make her necessarily right,

— 🇺🇦 alfie brown (@abcomedian) March 21, 2023

this is A+ weaselling though, apparently he does feel comfortable *telling* a Jewish woman that she's wrong on antisemitism, because that's what he was doing, but he doesn't feel comfortable 'explaining' to her why she's wrong on antisemitism

soref, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 18:45 (six months ago) link

"I'm too respectful to lecture you on why you're wrong, but if you don't know you're wrong you must be a fucking idiot" - but somehow worse than that.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 18:52 (six months ago) link

So happy this person is now on my radar, thanks guys!

chap, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 19:30 (six months ago) link

sorry, I was going to vent on twitter but had second thoughts and came here instead.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 19:37 (six months ago) link

oh fuck I've just realised I've seen this guy live, he was a guest at a podcast record I saw. literally the only live comedy I've seen since about 2001. he was ok there, not hilarious but fine, i liked how he'd named his new baby after alisson becker, then later was wondering about how he took it when becker came out as a bolsonaro fan, now guessing he took it just fine.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Tuesday, 21 March 2023 20:22 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Rose Matafeo and Mike Wozniak will host the Junior Taskmaster series:

— British Comedy Guide (@BritishComedy) May 16, 2023

koogs, Tuesday, 16 May 2023 17:53 (four months ago) link

Given Taskmaster is my 9yo's favourite programme this is fab news

dicbo=v2-ubswizzb&hrt (stevie), Tuesday, 16 May 2023 18:04 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

The Change. was a week late to this but caught the (signed) repeat. it's Bridget Christie and quite a cast of guest stars and episode one went down well.

koogs, Wednesday, 28 June 2023 18:17 (three months ago) link

We zipped through the whole of The Change in one go the other night and enjoyed it a lot.

Tim, Wednesday, 28 June 2023 18:46 (three months ago) link

i like it because it is slow and slightly weird. also, forest of dean.

koogs, Wednesday, 28 June 2023 18:48 (three months ago) link

i lolled several times but couldn't explain to you why

koogs, Wednesday, 28 June 2023 18:49 (three months ago) link

also this week and next bbc2 seems to have a random episode of various comedies on at 10 every night. Lenny Henry yesterday, Ellie and Natasha tonight, Big Train tomorrow. send a bit random but it'll be nice to see some of it again. they could do this on bbc4 like they do totp.

koogs, Wednesday, 28 June 2023 18:57 (three months ago) link

Ellie and Natasha was very enjoyable.

chap, Tuesday, 4 July 2023 18:14 (two months ago) link

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