Posts tagged ‘Comedy’

The Dick Van Joker Show

Okay, following up on my previous complaints about Avengers: Age Of Ultron, where one of the best things in the film for me was scenes of the Avengers just hanging out … and then I saw the Comic-Con footage for Suicide Squad … it suddenly came to me, exactly what I want to see.

I want a domestic sitcom.  A satirical domestic sitcom, using The Dick Van Dyke Show as a model, with that level of comedic writing … but yank Rob & Laura Petrie out of the show and replace them with The Joker and Harley Quinn.

I want to see a sitcom showing The Joker and Harley Quinn in their domestic life, along with the work-related issues that they face with their various criminal activities.  But I want it to be closer to The Dick Van Dyke Show in quality rather than Heil Honey I’m Home.

The Dick Van Joker Show.  That’s something that I would go out of my way and pay good money to watch.

 

The Last Man On Earth

I originally had no interest in this show, but I decided to give it a try because I heard through the grapevine that it was good, that it was funny and that it was rather well written.

It might be well written, but it’s written well enough to make me actively dislike both of the main characters.  And if I don’t like the only two characters in a show, I won’t be watching the show.

I did consider it watchable until Kristen Schaal appeared.  From that point, none of the interactions between the characters were even enjoyable, let alone humorous.  If I ended up in Will Forte’s shoes, I would eventually be forced to treat her the way Walter treated Genevieve in Ray Bradbury’s “The Silent Towns.”

When I get a total of zero laughs out of the first two episodes of a new (supposed) comedy, there’s no point in me wasting any further time watching it.  So much for that.

 

Goodbye, Craig

I cannot tell you how much I am going to miss this man’s show.

“I’m not retiring.  I’m stopping doing this.  I’m not stopping doing IT.”

Craig, your new it cannot get here fast enough.

 

 

The Interview

Haven’t seen it, never actually wanted to see it, but considering recent events now I REALLY DO want to see it.  Also considering recent events, I would love to be able to pay good money to see it on the big screen somewhere.

But all that is moot, at least for now.  Let’s take a moment to hear what Richard Roeper has to say about this, because he summed up all of my feelings far more succinctly than I possibly could:

 

 

We cannot let them win.

 

UPDATE:  Also, this:

 

Garfunkel And Oates

Y’know … I’ve seen Garfukel & Oates’ vids on YouTube, and yes they made me laugh, but I wasn’t sure they could package together enough material on a regular basis to pull off a weekly TV series.  Especially after watching the first two episodes.

Interestingly enough, I had already seen Kate Micucci outside of the duo, since she played Raj’s girlfriend Lucy on The Big Bang Theory.  I liked her in that, so I figured I’d like her in Garfunkel And Oates.

Even more interestingly, I think I’m starting to like Riki Lindhome more.  The more I see of this show, the more I like it.  It’s not balls out fantastically hilarious, but it’s certainly not bad, and the songs interspersed in the episodes are usually good enough to make me hum along and giggle.

So I ended up watching all eight episodes of the entire first season.  I can officially say it took a while to grow on me, but now I like this show.  I’m actually looking forward to more, if IFC greenlights a second season.  And I just missed ’em a few weeks ago live at the House Of Blues!  Damn!

 

The Big Bang Theory

Is it just me, or is The Big Bang Theory not anywhere nearly as funny as it used to be?

I used to go out of my way to make time to watch new episodes.  Last season had a few laugh out loud episodes, but the majority of them made me giggle rather than laugh and there were too many that did not even make me giggle.

The first two episodes of the new eighth season had me giggling here and there, without any guffaws.  The third episode was downright painful to watch and was not funny at all.  This comedy is no longer comedic.  The seventh season finale set things up for the writers to rock the boat a bit — I was glad to see them giving themselves the opportunity to redefine the core relationships and allow Sheldon to grow as a character, especially since the multi-year renewal that they scored gives them three more guaranteed seasons to explore how these relationships can grow.  What happened after that?  The eighth season premiere effectively hits the reset button and we’re all back to the same ol’ status quo.  Now I hear an upcoming episode gives Stuart his comic store back.  Another reset button.  Yawn.

CBS moving the show to Monday nights also hasn’t helped at all because I keep forgetting that it’s on.  Old dog, new tricks: it became a family ritual years ago to sit down and watch this together on Thursday nights, so I keep looking for it on Thursday, not Monday.

A few days ago, my wife was watching a rerun of a second season episode on TNT.  Turns out it was an episode that I had never seen.  I happened to be walking through the room on my way to doing something else, but two minutes of witty dialog made me laugh so much that I had to sit down and watch the rest of the episode with her.  This is back when the writers were writing for characters, not caricatures.

The contrast between the enjoyable experience of watching that single old second season episode versus the horrible experiences of watching the three episodes of the new eighth season is so sharp that I have to wonder what has gone wrong in the interim.  Are the jokes tired?  Are the writers tired?  Has the multi-year renewal made them way too complacent?  Or have I just gotten tired of it?  As annoying as these characters can be, I used to be able to find aspects of all of them that I liked.  Now I can’t.  Sheldon and Howard were both so damned unlikeable in last Monday’s episode that I seriously considered just turning it off.  The one thing that kept my finger off the off switch was my realization that the episode was execrable enough to give me something to complain about here.  Comedies are supposed to make you laugh, not wince, and I’ve been wincing way too much.  Honestly, if last Monday’s episode was the first Big Bang Theory episode I had ever seen, I would’ve turned it off halfway through and never bothered to watch another episode.

I’ll see how I react next Monday (or whenever I remember to watch next week’s new episode), but the way this season is going I don’t have much hope for the show.  The multi-year commitment that CBS made in March means that the writers and producers do not really need to worry about ratings again until the 2016-2017 season.  That’s a damned shame, because it removes the corresponding level of pressure to produce a high-quality product.

 

New Girl

I adore Zooey Deschanel enough that I thought I could watch her in anything.  She was the only reason I was able to make it through the insipid Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy film.  But no.  Three entire episodes of New Girl didn’t make me laugh at all.  Yet somehow this waste of time is the first new series to get a full season order.  How?  And why?

Actually, to be honest: two and a half episodes … I had to give up on the show halfway through the third episode.  I went out of my way to give it one last chance, but it was so bad it gave me a headache.

And really, what’s the point of having your star (who happens to be an accomplished singer) sing the theme tune when you’re only playing it for ten seconds?  That’s a perfect example of what a waste this show is.