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

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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

So I started watching it on YouTube thinking it was a sitcom but it's a movie. A weirdly paced kind of downbeat one, bit reminiscent of Mindhorn. You're spending most of the first half waiting for Coogan to show up. Also Russell Brand pops up for 20 seconds.

kinder, Saturday, 5 June 2021 21:53 (four months ago) link

Yeah, it was during this that Brand had his drugs and strippers meltdown that put him in rehab, so his part got rewritten on the fly.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Saturday, 5 June 2021 21:58 (four months ago) link

enjoyed Cruise Of The Gods at the time, can imagine it playing like a horror film now that the most immature and entitled type of childrens'-SF-fan portrayed in it has been elevated to the core of mainstream culture, both pop and political

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Saturday, 5 June 2021 23:55 (four months ago) link

I remember liking it at the time

The 💨 that shook the barlow (wins), Saturday, 5 June 2021 23:57 (four months ago) link

Best 3 tv shows not mentioned so far: This Country, Grandma’s House and (ok it’s Irish) The Young Offenders

a hoy hoy, Sunday, 6 June 2021 06:37 (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.

It's probs my favourite Coogan outside of Partridge, the Video Diaries and The Trip.

burnt hombre (stevie), Sunday, 6 June 2021 07:43 (four months ago) link

okay, grabbed all four of those.

watching the start of the euros yesterday made me instinctively say 'a pound in the Nessun Dorma box'. odd how throw away lines from 1996 stick in your mind

koogs, Saturday, 12 June 2021 09:05 (four months ago) link

oh, italia 90, obviously

koogs, Saturday, 12 June 2021 09:07 (four months ago) link

apparently there's a season two of Starstruck on the way, i'm down if the plotting gets ironed out
https://www.thecut.com/2021/06/starstrucks-nikesh-patel-would-maybe-date-you.html

two weeks pass...

Act 4… pic.twitter.com/5CgVF7p15F

— Matt Berry (@porksmith) July 6, 2021

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 12:52 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

new As Yet Untitled on dave last night. feels like it's been over 2 years since the last one. featured both the irish robot wars presenters

koogs, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 12:36 (two months ago) link

(also slightly weird in the it was filmed in the roundhouse in london, an old, enormous railway building. covid regs, i guess)

koogs, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 12:37 (two months ago) link

episode 3 of This Way Up made me think they should bring back Mind Your Language.

koogs, Thursday, 29 July 2021 17:14 (two months ago) link

(splash screen at the end of that was interesting too, HM treasury and DCMS bigging up themselves and their media restart scheme, complete with union flag...)

koogs, Thursday, 29 July 2021 17:24 (two months ago) link

new Ghosts tonight

koogs, Monday, 9 August 2021 12:54 (two months ago) link

Thanks for the reminder! Thought it was next week.

kinder, Monday, 9 August 2021 13:28 (two months ago) link

Ghosts maintaining its quality. Slightly upset that I recently recommended it to a friend, who reported back to me describing it as 'bilge'.

chap, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 11:13 (two months ago) link

I watched the first 5 minutes of an episode on the plane and it was like kryptonite to me despite liking a lot of the actors

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 11:58 (two months ago) link

I watched the first episode (series one) lst night and 'gentle fun' would be the kindest thing i could say about it, maybe it gets better...

Believe me, grow a lemon tree. (ledge), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 15:37 (two months ago) link

Gentle fun not to be sniffed at imo... It's good comfort telly with some good jokes and a great ensemble. The quality stays about the same probably, but I quickly became very fond of it.

chap, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 16:14 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Back to Life starts a second series on Tuesday. which i barely remember anything about other than i enjoyed it at the time.

koogs, Saturday, 28 August 2021 09:53 (one month ago) link

That's good news.

chap, Saturday, 28 August 2021 11:35 (one month ago) link

i like the lead actress but it felt sorta also-ran to me

I don't think I made it past the second episode. It was too depressing.

trishyb, Saturday, 28 August 2021 16:14 (one month ago) link

it's hard to search for but there are a few (other) positive mentions here. and i was surprised to see it back tbh.

(I'm also holding out for a second series of don't forget the driver. call me a hopeless optimist...)

in other news, mash report on Thursday too. strange situation with that but, again, i enjoyed it.

koogs, Saturday, 28 August 2021 17:00 (one month ago) link

"Back to Life is a British dark comedy-drama co-written...

OK, I'm outta here.

"Bobby Gillespie" (ft. Heroin) (Tom D.), Saturday, 28 August 2021 18:19 (one month ago) link

(I'm also holding out for a second series of don't forget the driver. call me a hopeless optimist...)

this.

Finished 'Pls Like' S2 today (it's quick and easy, and i like Liam).
had no idea there was a S3.

mark e, Saturday, 28 August 2021 18:42 (one month ago) link

First series of Back to Life was great. I mean, person X returns to hometown after years away is a complete cliché but Daisy Haggard is a gem and seem to recall there were a couple of real gut punches amongst all the laughs.

groovypanda, Sunday, 29 August 2021 18:27 (one month ago) link

Back To Life S2 is pretty masterful to be fair, twee soundtrack aside.

chap, Sunday, 5 September 2021 21:59 (one month ago) link

man walks into crime scene, blood everywhere, tense music. you're meant to think he's the detective who's caught this murder but then he plonks down a caddy full of cleaning equipment because he's actually a crime scene cleaner. surprise!

only that's not a surprise to anyone because it's called The Cleaner and the announcer has just announced it.

(9:30pm on bbc1 on a friday so i'm not holding up too much hope for it. greg davies and helena bonham carter)

oh, and Mash Report is back on Dave and is an hour long, which is probably a mistake.

koogs, Friday, 10 September 2021 21:46 (one month ago) link


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