Just a quick note of some of the funnest content I consumed last month (in no particular order):
– Netflix released a short (comedic) documentary series hosted by Nicolas Cage, exploring the History of Swear Words. Besides actual experts in etymology/history, the show also featured guest appearances by the likes of Sarah Silverman, Nick Offerman, Nikki Glaser, Patti Harrison, and London Hughes!
– I discovered an old CollegeHumor skit called “Girlie Slumber Party” (2011), starring the mighty Michelle Rodriguez, Bonnie Morgan, and Tara Macken as sorority sisters who [Spoiler!] take an innocent pillow fight to absurdly violent extremes!
– Awkwafina revealed “everything she eats in a day” to Harper’s Bazaar, giving an insight into the award-winning actress’s far-from-glamorous food-cravings.
– Sandy Honig posted a très chic trailer for Á Toi, Adelaide, the “French indie film” she claims to be starring in, modestly asserting that “I had to learn French for the role and think I did a pretty good job.” Fluent Francophones may beg to differ…!
– Adult Swim posted Scrunchie, a lockdown-shot horror-comedy short starring Amy Zimmer as both the retired scientist recruited to study a threatening new lifeform, and the no-nonsense agent/love-interest sent to cajole her. Apparently Patti Harrison has a voice-only cameo as a microbe being studied… or something…?
– Amber Ruffin started a “Question Party” series on her show’s channel, where she endeavours to answer viewers’ queries, beginning with “How Does The Amber Ruffin Show Get Made?” [Spoiler: Apparently she only gets one rehearsal before they record the show, which is crazy considering how many musical numbers she and co-host Tarik Davis perform every week!]
– The Beeb dragged Frankie Boyle out of lockdown for his reliably-caustic New World Order Review of the Year special, co-starring recurring panellists Sara Pascoe, Sophie Duker, and Miles Jupp.
– Jenny Nicholson posted her feature-length deep-dive into The Vampire Diaries TV series, after a protracted behind-the-scenes copyright strike dispute (concerning all of the clips and songs she uses – legitimately – within her presentation). Clocking in at 153 mins, I’d planned to portion this out over a couple different nights (using her super-handy chapter markers), but it was so damn entertaining I ended up just bingeing it down in one sitting! Since then it’s quickly racked up over 1.5 MILLION views (and counting), which I found a little surprising considering the intimidating runtime, but clearly Jenny’s got her pointer-stick on the pulse of her audience!