books, humour

Jerry Seinfeld – Is This Anything?

Like everyone, I loved the TV series.

Since then I’ve not had much time for Jerry Seinfeld. He’s just not as funny.

During the Pandemic Jerry dug into his box of one liners and threw them together into a short book.


He’s careful to say very little about the sitcom. Seems a sore point for him.

I did chuckle throughout. But it’s not essential reading.

Jerry’s thing is to see the funny side of everyday things. But I’d say George Carlin did it better.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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TV comedy – Everything Sucks!

Awesome. Grade 10 students in 1996.  Nerds. 

Jahi Di’Allo Winston so courageous and confident as Luke O’Neil.

Peyton Kennedy so vulnerable as Kate Messner, the daughter of the principal.

They literally attend Boring High School.

How perfect is that?

Everything Sucks! is an American comedy-drama web television series (2018) .. that parodies teen culture of the mid-1990s. …

The series is set in the real-life town of Boring, Oregon in 1996, and focuses on a group of teenagers who attend the fictional Boring High School as they proceed to make a movie together while dealing with issues such as finding their sexualities, mental health, and growing up.

One small thing I appreciated was the story NOT making a big deal of Luke and his Mom being Black.   Any actor of any race could have been cast in the part.

Sadly, the series was not renewed.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

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Never Have I Ever – season 1

If you liked Derry Girls, you’ll like this comedy series.

Never Have I Ever is an American coming of age comedy-drama television series starring Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher.

The comedy is partially based on Kaling’s real childhood story, growing up in the Boston area … about an Indian American high school student dealing with the death of her father. …

Diversity of cast is obviously one goal.  The only heterosexual white man with much air time is the hilarious narrator, professional tennis player John McEnroe.

The writing is excellent.  A lot of pop references.

Maitreyi is a natural.  She was picked from 15,000 applicants having put together her audition video at a local library in Mississauga using her mother’s camera.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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Space Force (TV series)

I had high hopes for Space Force. After all, it was created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell.

An easy hit.  Making fun of Trump’s egomaniacal Space Force.

But 40% on Rotten Tomatoes sounds about right. It’s lightweight. Fluff, not parody. And not funny enough to call a comedy.

I blame the writers. 

Cast is excellent. Comedic acting good.

John Malkovich makes the show worth watching.  He got me through the 10 episodes.

Malkovich, like Bill Murray, can do no wrong in my book.  I can’t not not watch those two on screen.

The late, great Fred Willard plays Steve Carell’s father.  Hilarious, as always.

Certainly there are some excellent moments.  But too few.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.




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I didn’t actually BUILD this house

Cleaned, sanded and painted the trim of my parent’s place in Parksville.

After all, at the end of the world as we know it WHY NOT invest in your home.

Well … my brother Rob did help a bit. Supplying the tools, paint and expertise.

But the unskilled labour — that was all me.

Pro tipIf looking for a tradesman count the fingers. Any with all 10 probably aren’t very quick at their job.  😀


books, humour

I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

I listened to the audio version of Martin Short’s 2014 autobiography — read by the author, of course.

Very funny. Plenty of name dropping. Embarrassing stories. 

Martin Short is one of Canadian comedy’s greatest generation: Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Dave Thomas, Dan AykroydJohn Candy,  Eugene Levy.

Short remembers his favourite years as those with the Second City comedy troupe in Toronto. And playing whacky and weird SCTV.

He doesn’t remember Saturday Night Live all that fondly.

I enjoyed most Marty’s stories of his earliest years in the entertainment business. Short is 7-years older than me. I can relate.

“What a wonderful book! If only it was about someone else.” (Larry David)

In writing this, no doubt Marty was influenced by his buddy Steve Martin’s 2007 memoir Born Standing Up. Also excellent.

With friends in Idaho, summer 2019, I saw Martin Short and Steve Martin LIVE in An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.

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I love Derry Girls 1 & 2

Derry Girls is a Northern Irish sitcom about students at Our Lady Immaculate College (girls school) in DerryNorthern Ireland, during the 1990s, the final decade of The Troubles. …

Of the five awkward, hilarious friends, Orla McCool is my favourite. She might be undiagnosed autistic, perhaps Asperger’s. She might simply be charmingly odd. 

Siobhán McSweeney is brilliant too as Sister Michael, the principal of the school.

Click PLAY or watch watch Orla’s STEP AEROBICS talent show performance on YouTube.

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first series holds an approval rating of 100%  …

Derry Girls was the most watched series in Northern Ireland since modern records began in 2002 …