5 For Friday: American Comedy Shows!

Happy Friday, everyone! For today’s installment of “My Five Favourites / 5 Fun Facts” post, I decided to list my five favourite American comedy shows. I was inspired in part by my own post back in May of this year, which listed my five favourite British comedy shows; and partly because the second season of one of the shows listed in today’s post, recently commenced. I listed these shows in the order in which I began watching them, since trying to decide which one I like the best would be an exercise in futility, LOL!

The Simpsons: This show has been a long-running mainstay in my small viewing library. It began as an animated short on the short-lived “Tracy Ullman Show” back in the late ’80s, and has since evolved into one of the most popular, longest-running animated comedy series and longest-running sitcoms on television. I began watching when it became a series in its own right shortly after I left home; when my son was born, I watched it with him regularly and he still watches it to this day – as do I! It’s always been well-written, funny, and surprisingly poignant at times. The Simpsons is watched worldwide and has a steady line of merchandise including video games, books, posters, t-shirts, and even spawned one full-length movie. My favourite Simpsons episode is the one in which Krusty the Klown, the local kiddie-show celebrity and mascot for KrustyBurger, has his show cancelled in favour of a ventriloquist with a dummy named Gabbo. Little bit of trivia: Conan O’Brien used to write for the Simpsons; I think that some of the funniest episodes have his name attached to them!

South Park: This show’s humour, while a bit crude a juvenile, is still the type that will have me crying with laughter! I’ve always had a slightly warped, twisted, and demented streak when it comes to the things that make me laugh, and South Park fits the bill in every which way. I forget when I started watching it; I think it was during the middle or end of its second season, but I was hooked the minute I saw poor little Kenny McCormick suffer one of his (many) horrible, graphic deaths! If you’re easily offended, this is definitely NOT the show for you, LOL! There are many episodes which have me dying in convulsions of laughter, but one of my faves has to be the “Shake Weight / Crème Fraiche” one – it is beyond description; suffice it to say, you have to see it to appreciate it, ROFLMAO!

Family Guy: This probably surprises some of my readers, that I list both this show and American Dad, created by Seth MacFarlane, in my top five comedies! Being critical of Seth MacFarlane doesn’t mean that I can’t, or don’t, enjoy some of the things that have his name on it. For the record, I know exactly what satire is, and criticizing someone’s racism isn’t indicative of how well one understands the concept of satire. Someone asked that ignorant, irrelevant question on a post I did years ago pointing out the casual racism and misogyny of MacFarlane. It was such a ridiculous assertion that it didn’t get a response from me! At any rate, I think that my favourite Family Guy episode is an hour-long one where the Griffins meet the Simpsons!

American Dad: All I can do is echo here what I said about Family Guy above, with the exception of which episode is my favourite – I don’t know that there is a “best” American Dad episode, yet! Still, I enjoy the show in spite of MacFarlane’s obvious biases.

Wrecked: This is the newest show in my personal lineup, and it had me hooked from the third commercial aired before the show did! It is now three episodes into its second season, and I’m laughing just as hard as I did during the first season. The premise of the show is what might really happen if a group of complete strangers found themselves marooned on an island following an unfortunate accident involving a small “puddle-jumper” aircraft, in modern times. The first commercial I saw had me going, “WTF?!?” The second one had me going, “Oh, no…” Finally, the third one had me grabbing my husband and dragging him into the room to see what I was seeing! If you’re looking for something new and funny to watch, I highly recommend Wrecked!

With that, please enjoy this “Best Of” montage, featuring the 10 funniest moments from Season One of Wrecked! I’m off for a nice, long weekend of gaming – tune in to watch the action, if you’re of a mind to do so! Later…

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Fun Friday Facts: My 5 Favourite…

This “5 on Friday” post is about my five favourite British comedies, inspired in part by the “Whovian” post I did a few weeks ago. They are listed in reverse, from fifth to first…so, let’s get to it!

5. Red Dwarf. This sci-fi-based comedy was accidentally introduced to me by my two older brothers during a Friday Dungeons & Dragons game-night. We had the TV on when there was a break in the action and were dealing with the minutiae of experience points, levels, and divvying up of treasures. One outburst of “Oi, you smeg-head, get me a smeggin’ curry!” from the television speakers made me whip my head around to see what the hell was going on, and I was promptly hooked! That show was hilarious, and I wish it would get the re-airings that it deserves. It just might, now that I think of it!

4. One Foot in the Grave. This sitcom was about an elderly gent who was forced into retirement. Curmudgeonly Victor Meldrew drives his wife, Margaret, to distraction as he wanders about the house and tries to stay busy while she goes to work and keeps up the bills. He’s a decent enough sort, but never seems to get on well with others – try as he might! An Aussie friend of mine introduced me to this show about 15 years ago and I’m quite glad that he did. I have the whole series on DVD so I can watch it at my leisure, and enjoy it just as much now as I did when I first watched it. It’s funny, poignant, and deliciously dry – in short, it’sgreat!

3. Absolutely Fabulous (AbFab). Most people here in the States only know of the show because of the movie which came out last year, but I first saw AbFab on Comedy Central just before Y2K. Blame my Aussie buddy for turning me on to this hilarious sitcom about two boozing, drugging, party-hearty broads who hate the idea of getting old! Patsy and Edina act as if they’re high-schoolers getting up to all sorts of antics, driving Edina’s straight-laced daughter, Saffron, mad with their shenanigans. That series will be the next one purchased on DVD, as soon as I’m able!

2. Blackadder. I had been a fan of Mr. Bean, but knew nothing of the conniving and cunning Edmund Blackadder until a co-worker at one of the radio stations I worked at introduced me to that series. He lent me the first two seasons to take home and watch – they were still on VHS at the time – and I howled with laughter! That show was only aired on PBS during their annual fund-raisers, so didn’t get to watch it as much as I wanted to back then, so I bought the entire series on DVD to view whenever I wish!

Finally, the number one spot on my list goes to The League of Gentlemen. This show shouldn’t be confused with the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, as they are completely different animals! It aired on Comedy Central not long after AbFab was taken off; again, my Aussie buddy encouraged me to give it a chance, and I’m glad that he did! The little town of Royston Vasey has a unique population, to say the least. The only answer to the question “Are you local?” is “Yes!” This show was warped,dark, demented, and insanely hilarious – emphasis on “insanely,” LMAO! Of course, I simply had to get the series on DVD, and I even recorded one of my favourite lines from it on my phone so that people hear it if they call me and get my voice mail. One of my sisters had called the other day, and all I could hear was hysterical laughter on the voice message! She wasn’t expecting to hear what she heard, and it definitely took her off guard. My sense of humour isn’t compatible with most others, for sure!

This post wouldn’t be complete without at least one clip from each of these shows. A bit of laughter is perfect for this fun Friday, and the best way to start the weekend off with a smile. Enjoy!

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