Ricky Gervais Will Divide Viewers in Bittersweet ‘After Life’

In desperate need of a palate cleanser after watching Leaving Neverland, Ricky Gervais’ new Netflix comedy series, After Life, delivered on the laughs and also, unexpectedly, on the tears.

Tony (Ricky Gervais) had a happy life and adored his wife, Lisa. But after she dies, Tony doesn’t want to go on living. He decides to say and do whatever he likes because being nice is simply a waste of time and energy, particularly when you don’t plan on living for much longer.

Suicide is a central theme in After Life and Gervais doesn’t hold back when it comes to cracking jokes about it, which will no doubt lead to criticism. But that’s his style so if you haven’t warmed to him through his other shows, you may not find this one amusing.

After Life is a six-part series created, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and you’ll recognise much of the cast from other shows he’s starred in. Each episode runs for around 25 minutes.

Watch the trailer for After Life.

It’s on Netflix now.

Hannah Gadsby’s Stand-Up ‘Nanette’ on Netflix

In Nanette, now on Netflix, “Australian comic Hannah Gadbsy reshapes standard stand-up by pairing punchlines with personal revelations on gender, sexuality and childhood turmoil.”

I saw the award-winning Nanette live at the Sydney Opera House earlier this year where the show was being recorded for Netflix. Steering clear of detailed reviews, I went in knowing only that it was powerful, confronting and those who saw it said it had changed them.

Funny and furious, it is life-changing and thanks to it being on Netflix, it turns out the whole world is loving it.

Watch the trailer for Nanette.

Watch Nanette on Netflix.

If you want to see more of Hannah Gadsby on screen, check out Please Like Me.

THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD – A Bold Dark Comedy TV Series on Netflix

The new TV series on Netflix,  THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD, takes you into the dark and confusing lives of teen outsiders James (Alex Lawther – Black Mirror, The Imitation Game) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden – The Lobster, Ellen, Penny Dreadful) as they embark on a road trip to find Alyssa’s father, who left home when she was a child.

It’s hilarious and deeply unsettling in equal measures. Jessica Barden as Alyssa is incredible – she’s terrifying yet vulnerable and you just want to hug her. I wish I had half her confidence level and disregard for others opinions during my teenage years.

The show is based on the award-winning series of comic books by Charles Forsman and consists of eight episodes around 20 minutes each.

Watch the trailer for The End of the F***ing World.

Watch the show.

Aziz Ansari’s Master Of None Season Two on Netflix

The second season of Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang‘s Master of None kicks off the first two episodes with Dev (Ansari) undertaking an apprenticeship in a pasta shop in Modena, Italy, trying hard to make perfect pasta and hilariously overusing the word “Allora” because he just loves saying it. There’s a trip to the world’s second best restaurant, Osteria Francescana, a wedding in Tuscany and much pasta and cheese is consumed. Dev then returns home to New York in episode three to try and elevate his dating game and jump-start his acting career. He is, as always, warm, likable, silly at times and very funny. It’s worth watching the award-winning first season as this new season follows on from it. Fun fact: his parents are played by his real-life parents. Watch both seasons of Master of None on Netflix. If you like his style, Aziz Ansari also has some witty stand-up comedy shows on Netflix.

Fleabag – A Dark, Hilarious and Heartbreaking Comedy TV Series

Fleabag is a six-part comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy. Fleabag (the main character’s nickname who is played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge) describes herself pretty accurately in the first scene as having “a horrible feeling” she’s “a greedy, perverted, selfish, apathetic, cynical, depraved, morally bankrupt woman who can’t even call herself a feminist.” It is a comedy but it’s very dark, blunt, heartbreaking in parts and unlike any other comedy I’ve seen. Her godmother who she can’t stand (played by Olivia Colman) is hilarious. Season 2 begins filming this year. Watch some clips (start with the Obama one from episode one) and the trailer. Watch the series on Amazon Prime (7-day free trial) or BBC Three.

Please Like Me TV Series – A Clever and Honest Australian Comedy Drama

My latest viewing obsession is Please Like Me, an Australian comedic drama that is now in its 4th season. The series was created by the star of the show, Josh Thomas, and his real-life best friend, co-writer and co-star Thomas Ward. Although Josh Thomas is the central character, the other characters that play his friends and family bring just as much to it and are all flawed but loveable. The show covers a range of issues including sexuality, mental illness and drugs in an honest and funny way yet also succeeds in making some of these very sad and touching moments. I don’t think it’s for everyone… you’ll either find Josh highly irritating or completely charming. Here’s a scene that’s indicative of the type of humour in the show that I found hilarious (no offense to my reiki friend). You can stream all episodes now on ABC iView.

You’re the Worst – TV Comedy Series

Funny, dark, honest and original. You’re The Worst is a comedy series from Stephen Falk that takes a modern look at love and happiness through two people who haven’t been successful with either.

It follows Jimmy (Chris Geere), a self-involved writer, and Gretchen (Aya Cash), a self-destructive Los Angeles PR executive, as these two toxic personalities attempt a relationship. It premiered around 2 years ago on FX with season 3 out last month. I’m halfway through season 1 and have heard it gets better and better.

Watch the trailer.

Get it on iTunes (unless you can view it free on FX in the USA).

Catastrophe – A TV Comedy Series

One of the funniest TV shows I saw last year was Catastrophe, a comedy which follows Sharon and Rob as they have a one week stand while he’s travelling to London from the USA for work and she falls pregnant.

He decides to move to London to see if they can in some way make the parenting and relationship work. It’s awkward and completely unromantic but absolutely hilarious.

I’m telling you about an old(ish) show now because the first two seasons recently started streaming for free on ABC iView so you can get ready for season 3 which is due next year.

Though you’ll need to buy the first 3 episodes of season 1 through iTunes as iView is already up to episode 4 (and only available until Friday night so get on it now).

Watch the trailer for Catastrophe.

You’re welcome.

My Dad Wrote a Porno – Comedy Podcast

After a couple of weeks of illness and very few Very Good Things, the My Dad Wrote A Porno podcast brought a much needed change of mood. I’ve only listened to the first episode but it had me laughing so hard that I will definitely be going back for more.

The official blurb: ‘Imagine if your Dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it and pretend it had never happened – but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he’s decided to read it to the world in this brand new comedy podcast. With the help of his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1‘s Alice Levine, Jamie will be reading a chapter a week and discovering more about his father than he ever bargained for.’

Skip the teaser and go straight for episode 1 ‘The Job Interview’ (runs for 30 min). Goes without saying don’t listen with kids around.

Listen to the podcast.

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