Garfunkel and Oates is a Netflix comedy show in which the comedy-folk-music duo Garfunkel and Oates play a ukulele, a guitar, and fictional versions of themselves.
I recommend the sitcom Arrested Development. And that’s a pretty big deal, because it’s an American sitcom, and I’ve long held the short sighted view that American sitcoms aren’t worth bothering with because they’re inferior and boring and full of irritatingly perky, unnecessarily attractive, lightning-toothed gimps, served with a side dish of canned laughter. Arrested Development is not inferior and boring and full of irritatingly perky, unnecessarily attractive, lightning-toothed gimps, served with a side dish of canned laughter. It’s really very good actually.
I’ve only seen the first two episodes of The A Word at the time of writing, but I’m not going to let that hold me back. It’s a six-part BBC drama series about a family wrestling with the A word in question: autism.
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle has long been the only TV stand-up show worth watching. In this week’s episode (Series 4, Episode 5), it reached a new peak of brilliance.
I think you would like David Lagercrantz’s continuation of the late Steig Larsson’s Millenium Series, The Girl In The Spider’s Web. After the radically different and mundane turn the series took with the previous instalment Girl On The Train, this is very much a return to form.
Rather than recommending things through the medium of words, this week I am offering up some audio. It’s something I absentmindedly started making for my own enjoyment, but then too much time was poured into it for me to justify it simply as something that would lurk un-played on my iPod for years to come.
This is the second half of my Fortnight of Culture. I have been putting together a schedule of music, film, television, literature and more, for my friend Chris who has two blissfully free weeks in need of filling. “How odd,” you might say, “to post this, the second half of your Fortinght of Culture, on a Tuesday rather than on a Monday, which is, after all, the start of the week.” Have you ever attempted to curate an entire Fortnight of Culture for a man who’s only ever seen the film Cool Runnings? I thought not. You ingrate.
Due to exceptional planning, my friend Chris (pictured) has got two weeks between leaving his current job and starting his new one. As he has only ever seen one film ever (Cool Runnings) I have been tasked (by my own arrogance) with creating a schedule of stuff to fill his fortnight. This is Part One.
It’s all well and good recommending things to people, but most of the time they won’t take any notice. I don’t take much notice of recommendations given to me, not because I’m an aloof culture snob, but because I just don’t remember them. Even if I am actually given something to watch / listen to / read, it can take a while for me to get round to it. This week I finally got around to watching the copy of Doctor Zhivago that Grandma leant to me a month or two ago. Even though I just had to put it in the DVD player, sit down, and watch, it felt like it took a concerted effort to do so. When it comes to recommendations, there’s nothing quite as effective as being able to tell someone how good a song is and then hit play and make them listen to it. What I’m trying to say is: I miss presenting a radio show.