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

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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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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

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

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

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

(Stavros now runs a vegan cafe)

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

Apologies if you were being ironic there.

Fronted by a bearded Phil Collins (Tom D.), Saturday, 22 October 2022 12:18 (one year ago) link


if course not under that name and not really in the UK but...

the thing i remember of the gig was Enfield not having enough material for an encore so he literally just did two of the sketches again

bbc4 all next week is single episodes of sitcoms. I'm not sure if that's a birthday thing or a new direction.

(actual 100th birthday "treat" for the staff was Paddy from top gear interviewing the dg...)

koogs, Saturday, 22 October 2022 12:58 (one year ago) link

Yes, I wasn't sure if Bing Hitler was well known enough to know his future career trajectory. All I know about Bing Hitler is Jerry Sadowitz spitting feathers over him allegedly stealing parts of his act - as in literally stealing lines.

Fronted by a bearded Phil Collins (Tom D.), Saturday, 22 October 2022 13:04 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Reading the reviews of some new(ish) Channel 4 shows reveals that our house is totally out of step with the critics. We love I Hate You, but we don't like the Horne Section TV Show at all.

trishyb, Saturday, 5 November 2022 23:43 (one year ago) link

links? Curious about anything/everything on tv in UK right now that hasn't come stateside yet.

I Hate You, Channel 4 show about two flatmates who are generally dickish to each other and other people. From Robert Popper, the man who brought you Friday Night Dinner and Peep Show and other things.

The Horne Section TV Show, another Channel 4 show about Little Alex Horne and his band. This is an extremely meta adaptation of their radio show, which is an adaptation of their live show.

trishyb, Sunday, 6 November 2022 23:50 (one year ago) link

Oooh, new Popper! Yeah, I'll try that now. Thanks!

Horne section not on TV until the 17th, curiously. they are trailing it currently though. not sure i'd like an entire show of his, based on the bits I've seen him do on, say, 8/10 cats and that euros thing with Peter crouch (but I'll probably watch it anyway)

koogs, Monday, 7 November 2022 01:16 (one year ago) link

Oooh, new Popper! Yeah, I'll try that now. Thanks!

As far as I can gather, everyone hates it except me and my husband.

trishyb, Monday, 7 November 2022 01:35 (one year ago) link

We liked the first two episodes, haven't got round to catching up with the rest yet.

ailsa, Monday, 7 November 2022 07:05 (one year ago) link

First episode of the Horne section mildly amusing at best, but had a certain unique rhythm to it which I could imagine myself warming to.

chap, Monday, 7 November 2022 09:08 (one year ago) link

The Chinese five spice song was the highlight.

chap, Monday, 7 November 2022 09:11 (one year ago) link

Ep 2 a big improvement actually. The A-ness Pea-ness song was hilarious. Martin Kemp is a very good sport.

chap, Tuesday, 8 November 2022 00:20 (one year ago) link

god, what have they done to QI? it was like tiswas.

koogs, Friday, 11 November 2022 22:41 (one year ago) link

(it's mostly bill bailey tbh, i think he must be missing touring)

koogs, Friday, 11 November 2022 22:47 (one year ago) link

bbc iii are showing the US version of Ghosts from sunday

koogs, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 15:01 (one year ago) link

It's pretty good on the whole, a fair number of eps are just Brit episodes redone or plot we've already seen but in some cases they manage to do it better imo (e.g. the cult plot from S4E2 UK becomes the centre of an episode and is much improved for it).

Hello I'm shitty gatsworth (aldo), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 15:41 (one year ago) link

Last x podcast you are going to avoid - Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe's Parenting Hell

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 15:47 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Kiell Smith-Bynoe my instant favourite of the new Taskmaster lineup. Jenny Eclair other end of the scale.

chap, Friday, 2 December 2022 09:08 (one year ago) link

Jenny Eclair has truly disgraced herself on Twitter recently.

Camaraderie at Arms Length, Friday, 2 December 2022 10:27 (one year ago) link

Her entire career is a disgrace

Oh wouldn't it be rubbery? (Tom D.), Friday, 2 December 2022 10:40 (one year ago) link

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

Fully agree on this - has been a really, really fun series. I've even massively warmed to Dara.

bain4z, Friday, 2 December 2022 10:44 (one year ago) link

spoilered myself by watching start of horne section before watching taskmaster so now i know who won...

kinda surprised frankie boyle is going to be on

think the horne section is annoying me slightly by having people playing themselves and other career-adjacent people playing fictional people. the same appears to be true of Dave's new Live At The Moth Club, which is aditionally strange by being set in a place i know from indie gigs.

US Ghosts may be surpassing UK Ghosts, not least because they are already at 18 episodes. the actor who plays the native american (and probably died in 1800s?) always seems too modern for me. and the headless guy, who always felt like a one-note joke in the uk version, seems to have disappeared.

koogs, Friday, 2 December 2022 11:12 (one year ago) link

Far fewer beheadings in US history I guess.

I never fully warmed to Dara or Sarah, but loved the other three by the end.

chap, Friday, 2 December 2022 13:02 (one year ago) link

I can't stand Jenny Eclair. I saw her live about 30 years ago and she was shit and has done nothing to change my mind in the intervening decades.

ailsa, Friday, 2 December 2022 15:52 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

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 (one year ago) link

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

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 24 December 2022 22:34 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

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