Posts tagged comedy nerdery
Posts tagged comedy nerdery
Curtis Edgit: Plainclothes Mountie.
This is the first time Mike Birbiglia has made me laugh…
Caddyshack - 1980
Oh damn, RIP Harold Ramis!! Damn— Ramis made so many funny movies; for me, I kinda think Caddyshack is the funniest movie ever, so. I’ve seen that one over and over— he directed and co-wrote that one. Or just keeping up with Peak Bill Murray in Stripes— that part was written for Cheech and Chong, originally, and he held his own fine. (He also had that tiny turn in the Nicholson movie As Good as It Gets as the doctor— when Helen Hunt shouts ‘“fucking insurance companies” and he’s like, what does he say, “I think that’s their official name”— I was thinking about the other day). Co-wrote Animal House and Meatballs. Or I actually put on the Ice Harvest on netflix the other day to see that Oliver Platt dinner scene— I thought that movie was underrated, or Oliver Platt was at least. National Lampoon’s Vacation— that one Christie Brinkley scene was probably when I knew I liked girls. (Too much? Maybe too much).
And then of course, Groundhog Day. He had some stinkers, but man, how many people made a Groundhog Day… That movie is basically perfect.
"He literally made every single one of our favorite movies." — Judd Apatow.
Can’t sleeping; watching this show Inside No. 9. It’s an anthology show over in the UK by some of the League of Gentlemen people— (but not that terrible Doctor Who/Sherlock guy, Gatis? Gatiss? Not that guy). The first was a claustrophobic thing about a rich family playing a variation on hide-and-seek at a party, but the second one was more of a zippy physical comedy and a cartoon, though a pretty tense one in places— I guess it gets a little dark. (Might have some content to it that might be objectionable to folks— I’m not sure really…? I’m probably pretty ignorant about all the issues stuff has, sometimes). The casts are pretty good… clever? I’d go with clever, so far…
According to Wikipedia (which spoils the heck out of the episode, so beware of that, I guess), the Times newspaper gave the second episode a review calling it “the funniest, cleverest, most imaginative and original television I have seen for as long as I can remember”. After it aired, The Times then received an e-mail complaint from a viewer calling the episode “traumatic” — “I told my husband how it was supposed to be the funniest thing ever, but we were horrified!”
Parker Posey joins Nick Turner, Whitmer Thomas, Johnny Pemberton, Demorge Brown, Erik Charles Nielsen, Kate Berlant, Eugene Mirman, Big Jay Oakerson, Lindsay Ames, and Joe Urla in making for one of the most intriguing casts this pilot season in Comedy Central’s Crazy House from Nick Turner and Lee Rubenstein.
Just on the notion that these people need to be on TV more, especially together, this should get a greenlight.
Wow, that cast!
Have a bit of Fry & Laurie, friends.
Dumb Question Dept.: Do you think when Steve Martin passes away, we’re all going to be, like, “Oh, we should’ve taken a break from saying nice things about Bill Murray to mention Steve Martin more." Are we going to all have like a retroactive Tito Puente moment with Steve Martin? Granted, Steve Martin thought he was the Pink Panther there for a while, but Bill Murray thought he was Garfield plus I don’t think he can play the banjo. Murray’s into golf and sports, and I don’t really care about either of those things, but Martin’s… probably into fancy paintings or acting snooty or something, so I get why Murray’s the one you’d want to be around. But when Steve Martin sees everyone rubbing their nipples over Bill Murray, like what’s that like? Martin didn’t make Groundhog Day or Ghostbusters or Rushmore, or even Quick Change or Stripes or Caddyshack, but the Jerk’s pretty good, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Dirty Rotten Scoundrel is about con men, a good amount of LA Story (bad memory, there; it’s been a while), My Blue Heaven is an all-time favorite thing with me, Father of the Bride is actually a pretty good movie for its target audience (e.g/i.e. fathers of brides), the Spanish Prisoner, Bowfinger’s got some stuff. I know Martin would rather write for the New Yorker than run into college kid parties, but … so would I because I’m a grown-ass man…? I just don’t write good and/or give that much of a shit about New York because I’m not into i-banking.
I don’t know. Lately, I’ve just been feeling like we’re all Tito Puente-ing Steve Martin… (Murray’s right about Tito Puente in that movie, incidentally— Tito Puente’s great. FYI).
This was totally worth typing out. I regret nothing.
Guys, episode one of Review with Forest MacNeil is up now to watch for free on iTunes and Comedy Central’s website!
Andy Daly! Shit, this is funny…
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Poehler’s an interesting case because I like how that character worked, when it worked. She was great at her job (so you liked her for being great at something), but she was a mess in her personal life (so you had a reason to root for her). It’s kinda just Tracy Flick, but that plus Poehler building out the crazy history of that show— I thought that was all just solid. But I really feel like the show reached this happy ending point when she won that election— because her winning that election was partly about her reconciling her personal and work lives. Which felt like a thematic end point for that show’s two big concerns up to that point. But then after that? Then it’s a character who’s just better than anybody. That’s harder to root for. I know from gifs that people find that character inspiring but “you can have it all if you just worked harder than other people" is a weird thing to tell people. Life’s too messy for that. You know: maybe it’s true for some people, though.
SNL-era Poehler was more interesting, or UCB-era or whatever, but… you know, there are a lot of people who couldn’t translate what made them great anywhere else— especially with the women, for all the usual sad reasons. Molly Shannon. Especially Rachel Dratch— Dratch never got a proper shot and she was so funny. (I really want Aidy Bryant to become a thing— I think she’s the most promising thing going on that cast right now, or at least I find her really funny). Heck, even Dana Carvey— I like Opportunity Knocks or that Dana Carvey version of Memento as much as anyone, but. There was Will Ferrell or there was 30 Rock, but Ferrell co-wrote Anchorman— he had his whole partnership with McKay; or Fey wrote that show herself— she was more of a writer, so she knew exactly how to play to her strengths, maybe. But… they’re doing 22 half-hours a year, plus in a post-Ross-Rachel-Jim-Pam world, so… Plus, I just … They’re not aiming for It’s Always Sunny; they’re aiming for Cheers. And I really, really like Cheers, so I’m probably just more inclined to be happy with the work they’ve done. Like, the stuff with the little horse… I loved all that shit, until I didn’t.
(I don’t know— I always thought of those guys as kinda like the Snobs in the Snobs-vs-Slobs equation, with that show being paired with Community because they’re all Harvard guys— Schur’s, like, a David Foster Wallace super-fan…?)(But that was the thing that makes Caddyshack so great is the Snobs are actually pretty funny, too— Ted Knight at least is hilarious).