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I'm a big fan of the two sitcoms Roisin Conaty stars in: Man Down and Gameface. Man Down is created by and stars Greg Davies. If you don't like Taskmaster, you may not enjoy his persona in it, although I thoroughly enjoyed it. Gameface is created by Roisin herself and is just great. Honestly, the first couple of times I watched Taskmaster I didn't really get the fuss either, but something just clicked for me one day and there it was.

Not Going Out was occasionally funny but frantic when Tim Vine was in it, but it got completely retooled to be a family comedy and now it's unwatchable.

I've also just come to Friday Night Dinner recently, and am really enjoying it. Although obviously it's very sad now because of Paul Ritter.

Another vote for Lovesick/Scrotal Recall. Especially if you want to see the guy who wrote the Detectorists theme tune and starred in the terrible David Bowie biopic actually be watchable.

Brand new Channel 4 comedy We Are Ladyparts was SO GOOD. We tried very hard to parcel it out, knowing there were only six episodes, but ended up watching the last three episodes all in a rush because we loved it so much.

If you like British quizzes or games, you could try Richard Osman's House of Games? It can often be very funny, but is a proper test of knowledge, not a load of tedious dicking about like Eight Out of Ten Cats or that fucking awful film thing that Alan Carr does on Sky, Jesus wept it's terrible.

trishyb, Thursday, 3 June 2021 08:39 (four months ago) link

Man Down seconded. Doesn't always land, but when it does it's hilarious.

chap, Thursday, 3 June 2021 08:46 (four months ago) link

Has Inside no 9 been mentioned? Two of the League of Gentlemen, no laugh track.

chap, Thursday, 3 June 2021 08:48 (four months ago) link

And their two season Psychoville was very good as well, somewhat forgotten now (featuring an early Daniel Kaluuya performance).

chap, Thursday, 3 June 2021 08:51 (four months ago) link

You might enjoy Murder in Successville which was an odd improv-sitcom-detective show featuring minor celebrities, although it has fairly niche cultural references. You’d quickly be able to tell if it was for you or not.

AlanSmithee, Thursday, 3 June 2021 08:51 (four months ago) link

I cribbed most of my personality in my 20s from Spaced. It was incredible at the time but I'm scared of revisiting it. The "half a polo" joke still makes me chuckle tho.

I have no couch and I must stream (NotEnough), Thursday, 3 June 2021 09:20 (four months ago) link

i get it confused with red dwarf

Spaced is not actually set in space.

chap, Thursday, 3 June 2021 09:29 (four months ago) link

it makes me wish that Shaun Locke had done more stuff in that vein, but I guess he's happy doing panel shows and stand-up.

He doesn't actually enjoy doing panel shows but knows he's good at them and enjoys the money for minimal effort, according to Stewart Lee's autobio. He tells a story of him, Daniel Kitson and Locke hanging out, Lee and Kitson both talking about how to maintain their level of fame on a lower level so as to not have to deal with mainstream pressures and Locke being like "wtf you idiots".

Which reminds me, forks - have you explored British stand-up at all?

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 3 June 2021 09:33 (four months ago) link

I'll always have some lingering affection for Red Dwarf, big part of my childhood as it played on the local station that was the only one I could get back in S.Miguel, but boy do they need to be put out of their misery.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 3 June 2021 09:34 (four months ago) link

I maintain the first two seasons of Red Dwarf are both pretty good comedy and pretty good sci-fi. I was exactly the right age to enjoy III-V when they first aired, but it retrospect the increased budget and popularity went to their heads and a lot of it is trash.

Sean Locke was consistently the best thing about a slew of limp panel shows for years, but recently it seems like he's lost the will to live.

chap, Thursday, 3 June 2021 09:40 (four months ago) link

I check out an episode every five years or so, and the standard generally seems to be higher in the nu-Dwarf era than when the creator of American Idol's brother was writing 'em. If the super-low-budget wrinkly-bloke version of the show is making some viewers happy, and I don't have to watch more than that, good for Naylor, Dave, the cast and the viewers imo.

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Thursday, 3 June 2021 09:43 (four months ago) link

Not watched Phoneshop but Emma Fryer's own show, Home Time, was brilliant, one of my favourite things of the 00s

burnt hombre (stevie), Thursday, 3 June 2021 10:01 (four months ago) link

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Time

burnt hombre (stevie), Thursday, 3 June 2021 10:02 (four months ago) link

Man Down was excellent to start with, especially any episodes with Rik Mayall as his dad, but they were right to pull the plug on it when they did as it had dropped off the cliff towards the end.
watched the 1st episode of Lady Parts, and yeah, really looking forward to checking out the rest.

mark e, Thursday, 3 June 2021 10:53 (four months ago) link

I've enjoyed Pls Like though it is quite a lightweight thing.

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle might be a good suggestion here?

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 3 June 2021 11:55 (four months ago) link

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle might be a good suggestion here?

Audience laughter (which personally I find entirely appropriate in a stand-up or panel show format).

chap, Thursday, 3 June 2021 12:13 (four months ago) link

don't think there's a lot of audience-free stand up out there, but after 2020 who knows?

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 3 June 2021 13:00 (four months ago) link

Catastrophe, Chewing Gum, Inside No 9 = Love, have watched much of or the entirety of

Limmy's Show = I find this hit or miss but frankly there are lengthy sections where I cannot understand what he or some of his fellow actors are saying. It's a strong accent!

Audio/written Partridge = will keep an eye out for

British stand up = i watch some? i would need recommendations here. Also harder to access via my back channels.

Nighty Night s1 = tried this, only copy I could get had barely watchable resolution... but I don't think I like Julia Davis' very knowing approach to parody? the points of reference are often totally different than mine so it's like watching alien satire.

Lady Parts = started, it's okay? Well acted, well considered, i enjoy the moments of magic realism. Will likely finish at some point.

People Like Us, Lovesick, Man Down, Gameface, House of Games, Psychoville, Murder in Successville, Home Time, Stewart Lee = will try!

Thanks all, this is a lot to get through!

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 June 2021 13:44 (four months ago) link

I think you'd be better off watching some of Stewart Lee's stand-up before trying Comedy Vehicle

Stand Up Comedian, 90s Comedian, 41st Best Stand Up Ever, and If You Prefer a Milder Comedian, Please Ask for One is an unimpeachable run

Number None, Thursday, 3 June 2021 13:52 (four months ago) link

Yeah, Stewart Lee is great and does a lot of deconstructing the ins and outs of stand-up comedy.

Current golden child of the stand up circuit is James Acaster, he's got a bunch of specials on netflix that are uniformly excellent.

Josie Long has a special on amazon as well I think, v loveable leftist stand-up.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 3 June 2021 14:20 (four months ago) link

There's some streams Limmy did that are up on youtube which are him broadcasting old episodes of a quiz show called 3, 2, 1 and analyzing them in the most granular detail, also getting very angry whenever there's some perceived slight against Scottland. Enough hours of that and I got a much better grasp of the accent.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 3 June 2021 14:23 (four months ago) link

I'm a Limmy agnostic, but yes his 3-2-1 analyses are absurdly brilliant.

chap, Thursday, 3 June 2021 14:43 (four months ago) link

it's low-res but Home Time appears to be on YouTube. Got to love a sitcom that has Hometown Unicorn as its theme tune.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VcoWPj6j3U

burnt hombre (stevie), Thursday, 3 June 2021 15:39 (four months ago) link

Which reminds me to recommend Toast of London as well.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Thursday, 3 June 2021 17:36 (four months ago) link

I'm subscribed to this YouTube channel where an American couple mostly watch / comment on British comedy, might be an interesting place to start (though their tastes are pretty mainstream)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfterWorkRe

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 3 June 2021 17:43 (four months ago) link

well apparently anything with YouTube in the url gets mangled, let's try again.

this is the link

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 3 June 2021 17:44 (four months ago) link

House Of Fools! only two seasons, criminally

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 3 June 2021 22:27 (four months ago) link

i think i like emma fryer a lot

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 June 2021 22:47 (four months ago) link

Limmy's Show

― Number None, Thursday, June 3, 2021 12:11 AM (twenty-two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Aye. It's all on YouTube too

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Friday, 4 June 2021 05:28 (four months ago) link

Oh I see you've already covered this haha. I have translated many sketches for Canadian friends

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Friday, 4 June 2021 05:29 (four months ago) link

No love for Gareth Marengi's Darkplace?

ailsa, Friday, 4 June 2021 10:53 (four months ago) link

* Garth

ailsa, Friday, 4 June 2021 10:54 (four months ago) link

Oh yes.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Friday, 4 June 2021 11:18 (four months ago) link

Lots and lots of love. Foundational.

Tracer Hand, Friday, 4 June 2021 11:28 (four months ago) link

There's stuff (possibly including Darkplace) where I wonder whether the referents are too English for it to really hit - Green Wing and A Touch of Cloth might count as both (but are brilliant - the latter is Tough Northern Detective Police Squad)

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 4 June 2021 12:28 (four months ago) link

I could never get into Green Wing - always seemed like smug whimsy and the episodes were an hour long!

chap, Friday, 4 June 2021 12:36 (four months ago) link

I quite like Boosh though, so I'm obviously OK with some smug whimsy.

chap, Friday, 4 June 2021 12:37 (four months ago) link

I think the corny 80's horror paperbacks Darkplace draws on are internationally known; transplanting those to TV might be a slightly more British thing (thinking of sci-fi more than horror here really).

Also it's funny how often stuff that feels super insider-y to ppl from the place it came from ends up being super popular outside it - ppl are drawn to geographical specificity even if they don't get all the jokes, I think.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 4 June 2021 12:38 (four months ago) link

It's like when I used to watch the Simpsons and they'd reference a US celeb I'd never heard of, but I didn't mind because I could generally guess what that person was meant to signify in the context of the joke.

chap, Friday, 4 June 2021 12:41 (four months ago) link

OTOH I think some styles of humour have difficulty crossing international boundaries - for example I've watched several reaction vids of Americans utterly bemused by Reeves & Mortimer.

chap, Friday, 4 June 2021 12:44 (four months ago) link

It's like when I used to watch the Simpsons and they'd reference a US celeb I'd never heard of, but I didn't mind because I could generally guess what that person was meant to signify in the context of the joke.

Just like an average day on ILX in other words. Daniel_Rf OTM btw.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Friday, 4 June 2021 12:53 (four months ago) link

If we're mentioning Darkplace we should probably also call up Doctor Terrible's House of Horrible for horror films 10-20 years older.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Friday, 4 June 2021 14:47 (four months ago) link

darkplace got usa play on adult swim, never clicked for me.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 4 June 2021 19:10 (four months ago) link

Thanks for the Doctor Terrible shout aldo, catnip for fans of 60's Brit horror. The titles alone!

I watched the Witchfinder General parody and it's interesting how despite being a loving reconstruction of 70's visions of Ruritania it also feels totally like a 90's Xena/Hercules type set. Also weird to hear Coogan's witch locator use these inflections that we now associate so deeply with Partridge.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 5 June 2021 09:43 (four months ago) link

I've never been sure how it'd play to someone familiar with the original films - especially since some of them lift actual dialogue and have the original cast in them - but for those of us that way inclined they're tremendous. I particularly love the one based on Vault of Horror, and also the Karnstein trilogy version.

Watch out for the cameo by Pete Walker regular Sheila Keith in the first of those, her final performance.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Saturday, 5 June 2021 09:55 (four months ago) link

One of my other massively unpopular things that play 100% into my wheelhouse is Cruise of the Gods.

It's the ur-version of the Coogan/Brydon model later used in Tristram Shandy and The Trip, with them as ex-teen stars of a post-apocalypse ITV-style kids show set in the New Romantic era. It's set on a fan cruise and looks hard at fandom, writing TV sci-fi and cult celebrity.

In further Pete Walker connections, it also stars his one-time lead actor Jack Jones.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Saturday, 5 June 2021 10:10 (four months ago) link

Warning for the above, contains both David Walliams and James Corden but just push past it.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Saturday, 5 June 2021 10:10 (four months ago) link

I've never been sure how it'd play to someone familiar with the original films

Close to unwatchable I'd guess, assuming you meant unfamiliar and judging by the ep I saw - a lot of it is mockery of Hammer's horniness, which I think w/o the context of what they're parodying would just scan as terrible 70's sex jokes.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 5 June 2021 10:16 (four months ago) link

Haha yes, I meant unfamiliar.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Saturday, 5 June 2021 10:19 (four months ago) link

One of my other massively unpopular things that play 100% into my wheelhouse is Cruise of the Gods.

It's the ur-version of the Coogan/Brydon model later used in Tristram Shandy and The Trip, with them as ex-teen stars of a post-apocalypse ITV-style kids show set in the New Romantic era. It's set on a fan cruise and looks hard at fandom, writing TV sci-fi and cult celebrity.

WTF, how have I not heard of this?!

kinder, Saturday, 5 June 2021 10:58 (four months ago) link


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