Category Archives: Comedy

Moone Boy

If you haven’t watched Moone Boy on Hulu, do it now. You will not be disappointed. It’s hilarious, heart-warming in an off-kilter way, and just plain fun. Also: Irish people! (Who only got drunk in one episode? I’ll allow it).

Chris O’Dowd is Sean Murphy (good Irish name), the imaginary friend of Martin Moone, a weird little bugger who’s 12, has 3 older sisters (shares a room with one of them), and oh right, has an imaginary friend. Chris O’Dowd wrote it, and since everyone is Irish and it takes place in the late 80s/early 90s, I assume it’s based on his life: so Chris O’Dowd was a creative, weird little boy? Doesn’t matter, it’s funny.

I love the dad, Liam: he’s attractive in an older, slightly unmanly type of way. He tries to be the big man in the house, but as told in one of the episodes where he bonds with other fathers in town (they pretend to fish and play poker, in a predictable, yet funny moment), who have terrible children, his wife and daughter don’t respect him as much as they probably should. Also, he makes signs for a living? Sure.

Some of the funniest moments of the 6 episodes are when we see Martin interacting with Sean Murphy through the eyes of other people. He just looks like a crazy kid talking to himself. And in the finale (which was hilarious), dancing to a banjo that Sean Murphy is playing as they’re dressed like Girl Guides (don’t ask, just go with it, it’s hilarious).

This show could have just been a silly little British comedy, but instead I thought it was hilarious and looked forwarding to watching it every week and really wish there were more episodes. The parents are great in that they’re good parents but (as witnessed in the finale), they also lie to their kids: I mean, I know my parents have lied to me, your parents have lied to you…it’s just funny to see.

And the title song is fun: Where’s me jumper? Where’s me jumper? Oh no.

I also really like when they say “fekkin”. Gonna use it meself I think.

All in all: can’t wait for more Moone Boy! Go watch it!


The IT Crowd

Did you try turning it off and on?

So, during the doldrums of summer, what do people watch? Why, marathons of TV on Netflix, of course! I watched all 24 episodes of The IT Crowd in a very short span of time after several friends and people on the internet were all, “Oh, you like British things? Watch The IT Crowd!” So I did.

First off….a laugh track?!?!?!?! I haven’t watched a show with a laugh track in a long, ¬†long, looooong time. I stopped watching HIMYM long ago, never really got that into Big Bang Theory, and most of the comedies I watch now are Parks&Rec and other things where there’s no laugh track. So that very first minute of that very first episode felt very, very jarring.

But, despite the laugh track, which I soon learned to ignore, I was pleasantly surprised. Have I seen ¬†better British comedies? Yes. Was it rather predictable? In some ways, at some times, yes. Was what’s-her-face-Jen rather annoying? Heck yes. I still really don’t understand the point of her character or her job. I assume she was our window into the IT department but then….annoying. Nor did I understand their boss Dennis (Dennyam? Don’t know, don’t care), the son of their original boss. I liked how he was wearing 70s clothes at first (open shirts so we could see his wild and manly chest, tinted aviators, sweaters, bell-bottoms, what looked like a lot of suede, etc), but no made comment about it (think of all the jokes!), and then suddenly the next season he was wearing suits. It was like when Ron Swanson started wearing suits and then said, “Eff the government” for the second season and stuck to polo shirts. But that’s neither here nor there. But also….it’s funny he’s a sex-maniac and has sexual harassment trials like it’s nbd? Um…….

Anyway, this is a terrible first post to start with…

The show was entertaining enough but I probably won’t remember it years from now, if that’s a terrible thing to say. I really, really liked Moss’ character. A bit like Sheldon Cooper but not as grating, a bit more sassy, and still lives with his mum. And I loved his voice. AND HIS HAIR WAS AMAZING.

I did laugh out loud at a bunch of things (watching it in marathon has made it a bit of a blur though…), but the show was funny and relatively harmless. The episode where Chris O’Dowd pretends he’s disabled at the play? Terrible. But freaking hilarious. I don’t think I stopped laughing once. And when Moss was the bartender at the end and Jen went along with it? Amazing. Horrible, but amazingly hilarious.

And then the finale just kind of happened. I had no idea it was the last episode until Netflix tried to play another show and I was like….huh?