Sex, piss and chainsaws.. | James Loveridge chooses his Perfect Playlist

Sex, piss and chainsaws..

James Loveridge chooses his Perfect Playlist

Spaced

It was difficult to decided between this and Shaun Of The Dead (and I almost picked both) but Spaced edged it by pure virtue of being the precursor and because of the 'Art' episode. 

If ever I'm bumming around at home and I can't decided to what watch, Spaced is my safety blanket. I think it's the result of a perfect storm of talent and direction and there are so many reasons to love it! 

Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes's writing is on point; it's relatable humour that's not only funny but smart. 
• It introduced Nick Frost into my life.  
• Mark Heap is in it and who doesn't love Mark Heap?  
• Edgar Wright's directing is still the best I've seen on British terrestrial TV. It opened my eyes to a whole world of visual gags. 
• They have a dog called Colin! Spaced is littered with pop-culture references, which is something that has been imitated a lot since, however the difference between Spaced and shows like The Big Bang Theory is that you can tell that with Spaced each reference, homage or parody comes from a place of pure love for the source material. This Star Wars Chaos Theory is one of my favourites.

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace

It's a cult supernatural comedy set in a hospital in Romford. A parody of the cheesy 1970's Twilight Zone/horror shows and Stephen King; the combination of intentionally bad acting and ridiculous dialogue is hilarious. 'He examined his sleeve. Blood!? Blood. Crimson copper-smelling blood, his blood. Blood. Blood. Blood. (Checks line)… And bits of sick.'

This show has some of the most quotable lines of any comedy I've seen. In fact I met Alice Lowe who plays Madeleine Wool/Dr. Liz Asher, while I was drunk at a party once and I rather embarrassingly quoted many lines at her. She said she didn't remember the exact bits I was referencing and then, after a while, politely asked me to stop. 'Son of a bitch.'

Frisky Dingo

It was a close ball between this and Archer, which is also made by Adam Reed, but like Spaced, Frisky Dingo won out because it came first and it kept me sane during exam time at Uni. Frisky Dingo only ran for two series on Adult Swim and is massively under-appreciated.

It has the same kind of humour at Arrested Development where a joke will be set up in one episode and the punchline won't come until a couple of episodes later. It's ideal for binge watching and the antagonist Killface is one of the most lovable characters that's ever wanted to wipe out the human race.

Also they weren't afraid to play with the audience, like how they handle this huge plot twist…

The Eric Andre Show

Another Adult Swim programme, The Eric Andre Show has had me literally crying with laughter. For the uninitiated, Eric Andre hosts a chat show which is an absurdist take on the daily late-night chat shows hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Conan.

The guests have no idea what the show is really about and, before they record, Andre and his crew will do everything they can to make the guests feel uncomfortable. This includes cutting off the air conditioning, hiding tasers in the guest's chairs and even simulating sex acts happening between staff members just off-screen.

Once the show starts literally anything can happen. In one segment he tries to interview a real-life bear on set, in another he tries to impress Aubrey Pebbles by genuinely pissing his pants and in the clip below he uses a chainsaw to cut up his desk mid interview with Lauren Conrad.

Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress are brilliant in it and I just love not having a single clue what is going to happen next.

Last Week Tonight 

John Oliver is on fire on right now, Last Week Tonight is one of the smartest, funniest and socially active TV shows in the world.

After a decent stint as a regular on The Daily Show, it was always going to be hard for Oliver to branch out with his own show and make unique but he's smashed it.

Tackling many socio-political issues, Oliver and his team not only educate and entertain but they're active too, like when they created a hugely successful marketing campaign against the US tobacco industry, which gave rise to the mascot 'Jeff the Diseased Lung'. Or when like when he bought and forgave $15million worth of medical debt, technically making it the largest television giveaway in history. Or his take on Brexit, which was not technically an active bit of political comedy, but it did make me laugh at a time when I didn't think I could – a gift I am truly grateful for.

The Simpsons

I know that The Simpsons has become a bit like your mate from school who used to be the life and soul of the party, but as the years have gone by they haven't aged well and it's all getting a bit cringeworthy as they try to keep it going. But for nostalgia's sake this has to make the list.

Some of the older Simpsons episodes are still hands-down some of the funniest things I've ever seen. I don't feel like I need to explain anything about this show because if you're reading the comedy website Chortle but have never seen The Simpsons, then I have no idea what kind of person you are. For everyone else, enjoy Homer's eloquent rant about his failing sugar enterprise.

James Loveridge: Castles in the Sand is at the Laughing Horse @ the Hanover Tap at 20:45 from August 4.

Published: 3 Aug 2016

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