Shrills and thrills | The week's comedy on demand

Shrills and thrills

The week's comedy on demand

The week's best comedy on demand.

Shrill

Landing on the BBC iPlayer this very morning – the day after its US debut – is the second series of Aidy Bryant's comedy about a woman finding empowerment.

In series one her character, Annie, faced regualar comments  about her body shape, but never saws it as in issue herself, happy in her skin. The second run moves on from this premise, relegates her size largely to a non-issue, while concentrating on her still-relatable battles with finding her place in the world. 

Shrill also stars Lolly Adefope, who plays Annie's best friend, Fran

The Bugle: The Last Post

Andy Zaltzman's satirical podcast has spawned a daily spin-off. Australian comic and podcaster Alice Fraser hosts these new bite-sized blends of fantasy and factual news, with co-hosts including Zaltzman and Nish Kumar.  Former Bugle co-host John Oliver is even there in spirit,  voicing the jingles. Available here, or wherever you score your podcasts.

KGB

Made by Indigenous comedians from Western Australian,, this lively cop comedy is about two rookie detectives in Perth's notorious KGB (Koondoola, Girrawheen, Balga) district. Played by Luke and Dan Riches Tough guy Jack and gentle giant Nige deal with the chaos of their new jobs, no-nonsense boss, work rivals, drug dealers and suspects who consistently turn out to be family members. It's on YouTube now, starting here:

The Merv Griffin Show

Running from the 1962 to the 1986, The Merv Griffin Show is widely considered one of the leading talk shows of all time thanks to its in-depth interviews, stand-up routines and top-notch musical guests. Though British comedy fans might know it primarily from the episode of Seinfeld when Kramer found the discarded set from the show.

A season of 38 compilation episodes has landed on Amazon Prime featuring the likes of Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Woody Allen, Mort Sahl,Phyllis Diller, Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld and Henny Youngman among the A-listers featured from across the worlds of showbusiness and politics.

Jimmy Carr's Comedy Idol

Fifteen years ago, Carr piloted an X Files-type show for comics as a DVD extra, with the prize of getting to support him on tour. More than 100 comedians took part including Ed Aczel, Suzy Bennett, Gerry Kyei, James Mullinger and Colin Owens. They might want to forget their early attempts at stand-up… but Carr has just released the programme in full on YouTube:

The Three Questions with Andy Richter

Acclaimed comedian Maria Bamford  sits down with Andy Richter, best known as  Conan O'Brien's sidekick,  to chat about the goodness of Los Angeleans, auditioning to become a police officer, and her favourite 12-step programmes in this week's episoe of the podcast. Listen here.

Published: 25 Jan 2020

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SLAPSTICK'S BIG NIGHT IN

Robin Ince hosts this VERY star-studded event to bolster the Bristol festival which celebrates all manner of vintage comedy. The calibre of guests who dropped in shows how much it's loved, including Sir Michael Palin, Rob Brydon, Stephen Merchant, Jo Brand, David Mitchell, Harry Hill, Jack Dee, Lucy Porter, Lee Mack, Graeme Garden, Stephen Fry, Jess Robinson, Tony Hawks, Richard Herring and Frankie Boyle.

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... including the Laughter Lounge virtual comedy festival and the return of Frank Skinner's poetry podcast.

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