I have never listened to sitcom podcasts before but I am definitely converting! Capital is the funniest sitcom in a long, long time.
Inspired by Brexit, Capital takes a satirical approach to a recent referendum held on Capital Punishment, which gained a 51% majority in favour of bringing it back. The story follows a team of civil servants having to navigate their way around the controversial new law. The main cast consists of Adam Drake (Goose), Charlotte Ritchie (Fresh Meat, Call The Midwife), Liam Williams (Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee), and Matilda Wnek (BEARD), with appearances from Jon Snow & Harry Enfield. The relationships between the characters are perfectly portrayed and the rapport between them (or, in some cases, lack of) makes the podcast utterly immersive.
What impressed me the most was the way in which the episodes were recorded. Writer Freddy Syborn created a number of ‘beat-sheets’, that the cast used as a basis for the plot whilst improvising the rest. This method adds to the charm and makes each episode seem utterly effortless.
The series only consists of 3 episodes but it is enough to make you sympathise with civil servants and is a light-hearted approach to a serious subject matter.
Topical, humorous and eccentric – this is not one to miss.
On Tuesday I ventured to my favourite London spot, Top Secret Comedy Club, to view Ellie Taylor’s preview show before she takes it to the Fringe. After seeing her performance on Live at the Apollo I couldn’t wait to see her live and I was not disappointed.
I don’t want to give away what is discussed throughout the show but the content is topical and hugely relatable (specifically if you’ve sadly lost a lot of your close friends due to the burden of motherhood). Throughout the show the delivery was absolutely effortless and I was incredibly impressed with how seamlessly the material all tied in together. Ellie is charming and charismatic – a refreshing change from other well known figures from Essex. I went to Top Secret with a friend from Fulham (we are like chalk and cheese) and even he remarked “I thought that you were an anomaly because you don’t sound much like an Essex but Ellie Taylor sounds even less Essex than you!” I’m taking that as a compliment.. it’s all about the little wins.
Furthermore, I’m hoping people will see this show and realise that taking the pill on time is something to be proud of and to celebrate! Here’s Ellie’s Live at the Apollo performance – I’m sure there will be many more to come.
Adventure Time meets Back to the Future. Rick & Morty is a new cult classic, filled with hilarity and dark humour.
The series follows a sociopathic, drunken scientist named Rick on adventures with his easily distressed Grandson, Morty. The creative freedom that Adult Swim has is made evident throughout each episode – each one is entirely different from the last and consists of bizarre and unique intergalactic creations.
This is a series, similar to Archer, that gets better each time you re-watch it. Upon the second binge I picked up on so many subtle references. Whilst on the surface the series is absolutely ridiculous, it is also carefully crafted with a vast amount of intelligence. The show has shown superhuman strength by even applying pressure to superfood giant McDonald’s to return Szechuan sauce to the menu after a brief introduction in 1998 for the release of Mulan.
What makes the show even more endearing is just how awesome the creators are. They are the type of people I’d enjoy playing beer pong with and getting a pizza at the end of the night. Check out this video to see what I mean:
Enjoying getting Schwifty!
Ever feel as though you need a television series to reassure you that life isn’t perfect and that you’re not the only person lost in the middle of it all? Then this is for you.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, whom you may recognise from Bad Education, plays the lead character (whose name we never find out so we shall refer to her simply as ‘Fleabag’). From calling her step mum a c*** to breaking up with her boyfriend so he’ll clean the flat, Fleabag is the ruthless, witty, sarcastic and selfish person that we all secretly want to be. As a viewer, you can’t help but find her somewhat charming due to her honesty and “fuck it” approach to life.
I won’t go into the plot because I don’t want to give away any spoilers but over the six episodes it’s easy to relate to Fleabag; her strong relationship with her best friend Boo, awkward sexual encounters, struggling with a career and a disorganised family dynamic. You’ll laugh, cringe and cry. Whilst being hilarious throughout each episode, the entire series deals with grief and guilt in a beautiful and elegant way, if a little frightening due to the accuracy. Small and seemingly irrelevant moments transport Fleabag into a flashback from a happier time and the true impact of dealing with grief is portrayed.
Above all, its painfully honest. Take this quote, for example:
“You know that feeling when a guy you like sends you a text at two o’clock on a Tuesday night asking if he can come and find you, and you’ve accidentally made it out like you’ve just got in yourself, so you have to get out of bed, drink half a bottle of wine, get in the shower, shave everything, dig out some Agent Provocateur business, suspender belt, the whole bit, and wait by the door until the buzzer goes?”
We hate to admit it … but it happens.
Fleabag’s subtle asides and raised eyebrows straight into the camera lens give an Office-esque feel and fully engage the viewer. I’d recommend this to every 20 something trying to find their way in life.
On Wednesday I found out my ESTA application was successful and I am free to venture to the States for the next 2 years!!!
Last year I had the choice of going to Japan or America and ended up visiting Japan then venturing to Australia. America is somewhere that I’ve always wanted to go – I have family out there and my Grandad always returned from visits with the most amazing stories to tell so that’s massively inspired me to add it to my bucket list. But I wanted to do America with no budget restrictions and no time limit.
I studied the War on Terror for my dissertation subject and am so excited to explore the places I’ve only read about in books and journals. Equally, I’ve been closely following US politics so, as nerdy as this sounds, I’m interested in watching the news from the perspective of a US citizen. Typing that has made me realise how much of a loser I sound but I love getting immersed in a different culture. Also, I can’t wait to venture out into the US comedy scene – American humour differs from British humour but I find it absolutely hilarious.
Ahhhh I am so so excited!!!! I’m staying in New Jersey with my brother and cannot wait to venture around one meal at a time. I lived with my brother for a month in Sydney and we had the best time ever – he’s the only person I can spend that amount of time with without having any quarrels at all.
I’m planning a long road trip next year but for now I’m going to only go for a couple of weeks. If any of you have any recommendations with places to go around New Jersey/NYC then please do let me know! I’m also planning on flying to Florida whilst I’m there so also let me know anywhere I should check out there – it’ll be highly appreciated!
What started off as something I put on whilst hungover and planned to fall asleep to soon turned into a binge watching session accompanied by pizza and suppressed memories from the night before.
Schitt’s Creek is incredible! The 20 minute bursts of humour mean you can comfortably watch six episodes in one sitting (I assume for a normal person, for me it’s more like an entire season in one sitting. Then a food break. Then a return to start the next season. Student life has its advantages).
Briefly explained by Wikipedia: The series stars Eugene Levy as Johnny Rose, a wealthy video store magnate, and Catherine O’Hara as his wife Moira, a washed up soap star. The couple loses all their money because of their crooked business manager’s theft and failure to pay their taxes and are forced to rebuild their lives in their only remaining asset: the small town of Schitt’s Creek, which they once bought as a joke gift for the birthday of their son. They wind up living in two adjacent rooms of a rundown motel with their pampered thirty-something adult children: the son, David, and a daughter, Alexis.
This show has been the first series since the US Office that I have thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and remained engaged throughout the entire episode. What makes the series even more special is the fact that the creators, Eugene Levy & Daniel Levy, are father and son in real life as well as in the show. If you’re looking for an upbeat, hilarious and heart-warming show then this is the one for you!