Just a quick note of some of the funnest online content I watched this month (in no particular order):
– Taylor Momsen performed an acoustic cover of Nick Lowe’s anthemic “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding”, scrubbed-down and unplugged for the Fearless At Home livestream. Meanwhile, in her day-job as the glammed-up lead-singer of The Pretty Reckless, she’s also been promoting the title track from the band’s upcoming album Death By Rock And Roll.
– Jessica Ball, lead singer of Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard, delivered a short set of solo numbers via the band’s Facebook page, which I managed to catch (and thoroughly enjoy) live. She may have had some wobbles with the stool she was sitting on, but everything else was rock solid!
– Mitra Jouhari, Sandy Honig, and Alyssa Stonoha gave a conference-call interview to NPR’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, discussing how they came to form/name their comedy act Three Busy Debras, and how they later adapted it into a TV show.* It’s a funny and insightful listen, though I’m weirdly disappointed nobody made the classic Carnegie Hall joke when the venue came up in conversation… ‘cuz I’m old-fashioned/unimaginative like that…!
– The BBC gifted us with three cracking episodes of Limmy’s Homemade Show, in which the eponymous sketch-comedian (aka Brian Limond) managed to evoke a remarkable sense of suspense/unease in amongst the jokes, considering he was playing all the characters with minimal costumes and imaginary props!
– Charlie Brooker also delivered an all-new “Antiviral” episode of his brilliantly scathing Wipe series, co-starring Diane Morgan as ‘Philomena Cunk’, and Konnie Huq as the host’s exasperated wife/baby-mama!
– Caitlin Doughty revealed that “The Real Moby Dick Was So Much Worse”, in a video detailing the tragic/bizarre/grisly fate of a C19th American whaling ship (called simply “Essex”), and its disaster-prone crew’s descent into (racist) cannibalism and murder. Shudder.
– On a slightly cheerier note, Jenny Nicholson used her convalescence (from suspected Corona) to watch all 14 Land Before Time flicks, and then review/rank them for our entertainment. I’ve never seen any of the movies myself, but still found this video compelling viewing, thanks to the typically hilarious presentation and snappy editing.
– Oh, and Film Theory-ist MatPat (aka Matthew Patrick) posted a fascinating (if understandably biased) analysis of how various late-night talk-show hosts are faring as newbie YouTubers… (SPOILER: Not so great, by his reckoning)
* Which has since been renewed for a second season, hallelujah!