So, I feel as though this might be one of the most important posts I've ever written, because, I kid you not, good quality comedy is one of the things I feel most passionate about in life. If you think that sounds like the most ridic, over-the-top statement you've ever heard, I'm really being totally honest here. I even studied comedy for an entire year during Honours. Yep, my love is that real. So here, for your current and future reference, is my list of all-time favourite comedy shows. I'm really hoping to convert those two ladies, and any others of you who think that comedy's not your bag.
- The Office - (Mockumentary about a group of office workers for a Paper Supplies company in Slough) Okay, I know this show has divided the lines of comedy watchers. Tons of my favourite people find this show way too hard to watch, but I personally love it - so much. Actually, half of the title of this blog is a reference to one of David Brent's best lines (in my opinion). Fact. For the record, I LOVE the US version too. I will admit that I've only watched about three or four series of it, but I totes look forward to catching up on the rest one day.
- Extras - (Two film and television extras/best friends trying to find their big break - lots of amazing guest stars) I looooooved the first series of Extras, though the second got a little too painful for me, and the Christmas Special was downright depressing (The Office Christmas Special is tha best). Still totally worth watching in my opinion, there are some brilliant comedic moments in both series.
- Grandma's House - (Simon Amstel moves in with his Grandma after quitting his TV Presenter job - lots of awkward/hilarious family get-togethers ensue) while we're doing awkward, British comedy - this series was a surprise hit for me. At parts; sweet, sad, tooooootally awkward and v. freaking funny. I watched both series through YouTube, I've never seen it anywhere else (but was recommended it by a very trustworthy friend).
- Green Wing - (Set in a hospital in Britain, a group of hilarious and weird doctors and office workers go about their biz) Like, legit loony, but so good. There are certain scenes that I could take or leave (funnily, those scenes are the best bits to some of my friends and relations), but the rest of it is so brilliant! And there's a good amount of romantic stuff too, which ain't bad.
- Arrested Development - (A dysfunctional and flippin' hilarious family trying to pull their lives together after their patriarch is jailed - more funny than that makes it sound) AH.Mazing. I have watched all three series of this show more times than I can count, and I'm highly anticipating the new series they are producing, what whaaaat! Modern Family (also good) is definitely inspired by Arrested Development, so if you like one, try the other.
- Bad Education - (Set in a British high school and focused on one young male teacher and his class). I've only watched this series once, but I think I better watch it again because a) it was very hilarious, and b) I can't remember the lead chars. name (googled - ALFIE!!! How could I forget such an adorable name?!). Solid acting, and well-written comedy.
- Black Books - (Drunken bookshop owner and his pals, & a series of hijinks). This is the perfect show to watch if you have a hangover, for reals. Bill Bailey is an all-time favourite ever, ever comedian, and it's worth watching just for him. More slapstick than I usually prefer, but I am happy to make a huge allowance for this show.
- 30 Rock - (Centers around a group of sketch show writers and their boss, with a couple of crazy peripheral characters thrown in) Again, I know a lot of people who didn't find this show appealing, but I love it. Tina Fey is solid, and kindof actually one of my comedic heros after watching this show. I also discovered a new-found respect for Alec Baldwin - totally wasn't expecting that!
- Community - (An unlikely collection of Community College students who form a study group together) I can't believe I didn't know about this show sooner, it's tooooootally my kind of show. Chevy Chase is stand-out, and it has the perfect mix of everything I love about comedy. It's very accessible, but with intelligent writing and tons of meta-humour (which I love). And as with all comedies, there are some weaknesses too, just sayin'.
- The IT Crowd - (Three IT workers stuck in the basement office of a big fancy company) It's impossible not to love all three of the characters in this show, super sweet. If you love Black Books, this is definitely one to watch.
- The Mindy Project - (A Ob. Gyn. trying to sort herself and her love life out) This series has just started and I am totally smitten. Like, totally. Like, can't-stop-talking-or-thinking-about-it. You know that feeling when you find a book/movie/show that fulfills all your criteria, and there's that 'aaaaaaaaaahh' feeling as your limbs relax and you settle in for some fine entertainment?! Yep, Mindy and me = perfect match.
- Outnumbered - (British series based on a the parents of three hilarious children) Very sweet, and relatable on many levels. Some of this show is improved, which is totes my favourite type of comedy (is it weird that when I watch improv, it's the awkward bits that don't really work, that make me laugh the hardest?). If you're a parent, this one's for you.
- Offspring - (Obstetrician Nina tries to navigate the field of love, and her full-on family, both) Sounds a little like The Mindy Project? It's not. And also, you already know that because almost everyone in the world loves this show. Except my friend Lou. She doesn't. What a freak.
- Flight of the Conchords - (Two guys... ah, actually, everyone already knows what this show is about) Just in case you thought I wasn't going to include any NZ comedy on this list. Who doesn't love FotC? No one, that's who.
Also love: New Girl, Miranda, Modern Family, Freaks and Geeks, Futurama and various others that I've forgotten about but you might remind me of! And on my 'To Watch' list: Derek, Girls & Louie. Plus any suggestions you have (thank you in advance).
I'll be back with comedy films, stand-up comedians, and a couple of hilarious books. Plus any shows I've accidentally left off the list. Plus to correct any typos I've made (I gotta get going this morning, but I really wanted to post this asap). Plus links (I'm really in a hurry). I really hope some of you try these shows, and let me know what you think, even if you totally disagree with me and think that nothing competes with Two and a Half Men (but if you think that, you are wrong, very wrong). xx