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

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Munya's viral comedy raps are pretty good as viral comedy rap goes.

chap, Monday, 27 June 2022 07:42 (five months ago) link

As always, I'm underwhelmed by the lineup reveal, and as always it'll probably turn out to be good.

chap, Monday, 27 June 2022 07:44 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

question team last night had a round on take away food and one of the places was four hundred rabbits pizza. question for mike, if he sees this, is that the place around the corner from you?

koogs, Friday, 30 September 2022 08:43 (two months ago) link

three months pass... ilx really does hate comedy

koogs, Friday, 30 September 2022 08:43 (two months ago) link

There are a few branches of 400 rabbits; one of them is the one you're thinking of, koogs.

Tim, Friday, 30 September 2022 09:03 (two months ago) link

Watched the new Philomena Cunk, bored of her joke now, just felt like "why am I watching this bad history documentary that doesn't even make me laugh?"

There's a new series of Ghosts, I quite like that.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 30 September 2022 09:17 (two months ago) link

ilx really does hate comedy

UK comedy

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Friday, 30 September 2022 10:11 (two months ago) link

ILX's fave type of comedy

youtube.com/watch?v=SqSiaH5A3WM

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 September 2022 10:22 (two months ago) link

400 Rabbits is a very SE London reference (I think our SE19 branch was the first), and there are a lot of Dave-employed comics in SE London ime :)

(I tend to avoid Dave Originals as they all look pretty terrible to me, even if I sort of like some of the ppl involved. But I recommend the dirty vegan sourdough and the garlic bread).

Michael Jones, Friday, 30 September 2022 10:23 (two months ago) link

Not entirely against UK comedy of course; I did watch a 1975 episode of Rising Damp last night, after my usual Bob’s Burgers double-bill, and that was good.

Michael Jones, Friday, 30 September 2022 10:50 (two months ago) link

The election one or the fitness one? Both funny and cringe-inducing at the same time.

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Friday, 30 September 2022 11:59 (two months ago) link

It was the one where Philip bets Rigsby he can’t go without food for 48 hours.

Extra edge from knowing that the bigoted landlord was played by an old-school Scouse Tory and his liberal do-gooder tenant was a loosely aristocratic member of the WRP (de la Tour).

Rossiter was an Evertonian so that redeems him greatly in my eyes.

Michael Jones, Friday, 30 September 2022 12:09 (two months ago) link

Cunk drives me crazy because Diane Morgan is so good, and her character is so pitch perfect, and the writing is just terrible. she deserves so much better. though after awhile you do start to think - this is your baby, Diane. raise the bar or try something else.

Tracer Hand, Friday, 30 September 2022 12:47 (two months ago) link

she did do that Mandy thing that made me a chuckle a few times.
and i'm totally bored with Cunk now.

mark e, Friday, 30 September 2022 12:57 (two months ago) link

Rossiter was an Evertonian so that redeems him greatly in my eyes.

In one of the episodes last night, Rigsby mentioned Tommy Lawton in a discussion with Philip and Alan about how football was so much better in his day. However in another episode it's implied he's a Leeds Utd fan - the series is apparently set in Leeds, though that's never stated - which makes me think the Tommy Lawton line came from Rossiter.

Narada Michael Fagan (Tom D.), Friday, 30 September 2022 13:44 (two months ago) link

Almost certainly! I have a 1978 EFC match day programme somewhere in which he goes on about Lawton at some length.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 1 October 2022 10:39 (two months ago) link

mock the week into its last 3 shows before it gets shitcanned (or moves to Dave) and there was very much an end of term quality to last night's. you all will hate it.

taskmaster new season looks promising

koogs, Saturday, 1 October 2022 11:25 (two months ago) link

The last series was excellent.

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Sunday, 2 October 2022 19:00 (two months ago) link

New series of Ghosts is a bit flat maybe? It's perfectly watchable, just feels like it could with something new.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Sunday, 2 October 2022 20:12 (two months ago) link

My 8yo just started watching it and is obsessed, but also scared by the plague guys in the basement

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Sunday, 2 October 2022 21:07 (two months ago) link

Quite liking new Ghosts, haven't seen any drop in quality, episode 4 is a highlight.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 2 October 2022 22:14 (two months ago) link

Ghosts certainly not as good as it used to be. It's the writing - they're trying to cram too many different storylines into each episodes, and as a result they rarely conclude satisfactorily.

Still a nice watch though. I feel like Alison and Mike are my mates. I've had a real soft spot for Charlotte Ritchie since I spotted her campaigning for Labour in the same area as me on the day of the 19 election.

chap, Friday, 7 October 2022 10:33 (two months ago) link

The usual Taskmaster arc indifference to scorn when the lineup is revealed, to liking them all by the end of the first episode. It's a format that really does bring out the best in its contestants.

chap, Friday, 7 October 2022 10:36 (two months ago) link

Having said that, Munya Chawawa seems really quite odd.

chap, Friday, 7 October 2022 10:39 (two months ago) link

My partner and I talk about the Taskmaster laundering effect. There are comedians I hated on sight or only knew from occasional grating panel game appearances who I am now 100% stans of as a result of this show. Who knew Rhod Gilbert could be so funny??

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Friday, 7 October 2022 10:40 (two months ago) link

Didn't launder David Baddiel for me tho his persona being "confused old fogey not knowing how any of this works" was tbf the best case scenario (also the season he was in had one of the greatest casts).

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 7 October 2022 10:43 (two months ago) link

Yes there is the odd exception.

chap, Friday, 7 October 2022 10:48 (two months ago) link

There's often an older cast-member who can't rise to the occasion or doesn't seem to try. I ultimately found Alan Davies and Hugh Dennis endearing in that role, but yeah, Baddiel did not bring much to the table at all.

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Friday, 7 October 2022 11:25 (two months ago) link

watching last night's i might go off dara if he keeps up like that (winning!)

koogs, Friday, 7 October 2022 11:49 (two months ago) link

First ever whitewash

Long enough attention span for a Stephen Bissette blu-ray extra (aldo), Friday, 7 October 2022 12:34 (two months ago) link

Last episode of Ghosts was a bit of a let-down, the old we're-foreshadowing-something-or-are-we?!?! is an old trope and they didn't bring a new twist to it, agreed that it's stronger when they focus on one or two stories and don't feel the need to keep all the characters busy all the time.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 7 October 2022 13:49 (two months ago) link

I've had a real soft spot for Charlotte Ritchie since I spotted her campaigning for Labour in the same area as me on the day of the 19 election.

She's also very good in Mae Martin's Feel Good

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 7 October 2022 13:52 (two months ago) link

She is. And also obvs Fresh Meat.

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Friday, 7 October 2022 14:06 (two months ago) link

Does John Kearns "work" on Taskmaster? Saw him live once and don't think I've ever laughed harder.

bain4z, Friday, 7 October 2022 16:17 (two months ago) link

John Kearns gives good Taskmaster, yes. It's a very winning combination from a viewer's viewpoint this year.

Who knew Rhod Gilbert could be so funny??

Anyone who's ever seen him?

ailsa, Friday, 7 October 2022 21:08 (two months ago) link

I mean that's the thing, I'd never seen him, beyond the occasional clip from a panel show.

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Saturday, 8 October 2022 07:50 (two months ago) link

Taskmaster is just a fantastic vehicle for comedians to comedy.

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Saturday, 8 October 2022 07:51 (two months ago) link

shades of Battleship Potemkin in dara's 'ooh, my baby' last night, i thought

koogs, Friday, 14 October 2022 17:14 (one month ago) link

The two that scored the lowest in that task were easily the most entertaining.

chap, Saturday, 15 October 2022 18:13 (one month ago) link

i think the way they keep building shortcuts into the tasks (like the grapes last week) encourages the people to cheat in ways i don't like. enjoyed the classical songs round, munya could probably do that as a career.

friday night live revival tonight, not sure i can be bothered. mainly because ben elton.

koogs, Friday, 21 October 2022 19:19 (one month ago) link

but his last live stand-up & sketch show went so well

(axed three episodes in, eleven years ago)

Vance Vance Devolution (sic), Friday, 21 October 2022 19:23 (one month ago) link

on radio 4 this morning he was talking about his 100+ show tour that he's just finished (@ 2.5 hours a night, kill me now)

koogs, Friday, 21 October 2022 19:40 (one month ago) link

He was the first stand-up comedian I ever went to see. 1987, Ed Burke Hall in TCD. There, that's vital information.

trishyb, Friday, 21 October 2022 20:38 (one month ago) link

friday night live revival tonight, not sure i can be bothered. mainly because ben elton.

― koogs, Friday, 21 October 2022 20:19 (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

They’ve really got their finger on the pulse with this one, huh

a hoy hoy, Friday, 21 October 2022 21:33 (one month ago) link

I watched it. Ben Elton exceeded my (of course low) expectations. There were a few memorable moments.

link.exposing.politically (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 21 October 2022 21:38 (one month ago) link

Didn't bother watching, but I'm glad Jordan Gray got a bit of telly.

Last Mock the Week was good fun, though I'm pretty sure it'll crop up in some shape or form again on Dave or something because HIGNFY is so pitiful and really needs put out of its misery.

ailsa, Saturday, 22 October 2022 08:39 (one month ago) link

two best ofs for mock the week

Friday night live, Elton was ignorable, Mawaan Rizwan good, Julian Clary as cutting as ever

koogs, Saturday, 22 October 2022 11:16 (one month ago) link

Stavros was back, and Loadsamoney who were the first live comedy i ever saw (with Bing Hitler, whatever happened to him...?)

koogs, Saturday, 22 October 2022 12:02 (one month ago) link

(Stavros now runs a vegan cafe)

koogs, Saturday, 22 October 2022 12:02 (one month ago) link

Bing Hitler? I think his subsequent career has arguably been the most successful of any UK stand up from that era.

Fronted by a bearded Phil Collins (Tom D.), Saturday, 22 October 2022 12:17 (one month ago) link


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