Friday, April 20, 2018

Quest for Content

When I was a teenager, I used to ride my bike to Briarwood Video every weekend and rent whatever standup comedies I could find. They had a surprisingly vast collection of stand up performances. I fell in love with George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Bill Hicks and others.

When I had gone through the gems in their collection, I would watch specials from acts I had already decided I wasn't in to, like Gallagher and Andrew Dice Clay.  I didn't have a choice.  I craved comedy and these were the choices available to me.

Today, comedy is everywhere.  Viral snippets on social media, apps solely dedicated to comedy, streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Teenage me would be super jelly!

Here's a list of things I'm watching right now.  I might do some more in-depth reviews at a later point, but for now-- this menu should whet your appetite!

* Ricky Gervais, "Humanity"-- Gervais is at the top of his game.

* Arrested Development-- I've gone back and rewatched the Netflix season.  It's so great!  My memory of this season was clouded by so many of my friend's that didn't like it. Remember-- this is the OG Netflix original series!  The complaint seems to be primarily with the episode format-- a singular storyline, broken up into individual episodes focused on each character-- which may be confusing to the casual fan.  The writing and acting, however, is as good as it ever was.

* Brooklyn 99-- This is the best, old-school comedy sitcom currently on air.  It's not groundbreaking by any means, but its a familiar format done really well.  Andy Samberg is great in this role.

* Silicon Valley-- I worried that they'd take a step backward after losing TJ Miller, but the story is moving forward nicely with tons of funny moments. 

* Last Week Tonight/Real Time-- My primary sources of news information.  I can't even follow current events without some comedy sprinkled in!  Lucky for me, these two shows are excellent in their reporting as well as their joke telling!

* The Last OG-- I'm so happy that Tracy Morgan is back in the game!  More importantly, he's back on a sitcom, where he seems to do his best work.  Not only is Tracy up to his usual tricks, but he's got the beautiful and hilarious Tiffany Haddish supporting the show.  

* Last Man on Earth-- I reluctantly fell in love with this show. After last season seemingly dragging its feet seemingly to focus on character development rather than moving the story forward, they've picked things back up and the show is getting great again.  Jason Sudeikis is back as Tandy's long-lost-believed-to-be-dead brother and the gang is facing a whole new set of challenges.  I'm very curious to see how this series eventually resolves. 

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