Friday 25 Jul
 
 
 photo BO-Button1_zps13524083.jpg

 

OKG Newsletter


Topic: Comedy
girls-hbo

Up yours, Carrie Bradshaw

HBO's 'Girls' gets going great.

I’m guessing not many saw 2010’s Tiny Furniture, an imperfect but smart and charming comedy that burst Lena Dunham, its star/writer/director, onto the indie-feature scene. On its strength and reception, Dunham scored a series deal at HBO with none other than Judd Apatow (Bridesmaids) producing.

The result, Girls, debuts at 9:30 p.m. Sunday on HBO. It may deal with the lives of four unmarried, 20-something women in New York City, but this is no Sex and the City, and thank the stars above for that. One of its characters, the shy virgin played by Zosia Mamet (daughter of David, and a recurring player on Mad Men), references that once-zeitgeist hit of female wish-fulfillment fantasy with a fawning voice and goo-goo eyes, but the knock at it is unmistakable, and appreciated.

Dunham, writing wise beyond her years and directing just fine, is front and center as Hannah, who, in the pilot, learns her parents (including Bosom Buddies’ Peter Scolari as her noncombative dad) are cutting the cord of financial support. She’s hopeful her publishing internship will turn into a “real” job, but it doesn’t, and her love life fares no more success. Oh, she’s getting laid on a constant basis — it’s just with the most repulsive, uncaring beast a single gal should never get near.

From the first three half-hour episodes I previewed, it’s clear that the politically incorrect comedy already stands on firm footing, confident in its resolute archness. Example: Episode two, titled “Vagina Panic,” finds a plot in throwing a quasi-party for an abortion to be had by Jessa (Tiny Furniture vet Jemima Kirke, the show’s weakest link), so indeed, Girls isn’t for everyone. A skewed sense of humor is a must.

Dunham is in danger of having the entire show stole from under her by Hannah’s bitchy roommate, Marnie (Allison Williams, daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams), but hey, isn’t that just like real life? Here’s hoping the remainder of its freshman season are as diabolically winning. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:
Bridesmaids movie review
Mad Men: Season Four Blu-ray review
Tiny Furniture movie review


by Rod Lott 04.12.2012 2 years ago
at 01:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
 

Donald Glover: Weirdo

The ‘Community’ star graduates to head of his comedic class.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Donald Glover is more than just an actor on NBC's sitcom Community, and Weirdo, his stand-up special shot in New York City, is more than just rape and poop jokes, although many of both exist.

 
Monday, April 23, 2012

Damsels in Distress

Whit Stillman returns with the brainy, buoyant college comedy 'Damsels in Distress.' You go, girls.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Whit Stillman’s Barcelona remains an all-time favorite of mine, probably half for purely personal reasons, having caught the romantic comedy on its opening weekend in the summer of 1994 with my wife of then one month.
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
badjones

Not ‘Bad’

The walking dead invade the 405.

I couldn’t tell from the postcard we got in the office, but the locally shot film Bad to the Jones is a zombie comedy. The trailer below makes that completely clear.

If the undead makes your attention come alive, boy, are you in luck! Marlon Ladd’s Bad to the Jones screens at 8 p.m. tomorrow, May 3, at Cinemark Tinseltown, 6001 Martin Luther King, with arrivals at 7 p.m. Should be fun, but there’s one hitch: Tickets must be ordered at badtothejones.com, as you can’t get them at the theater. Click away for a tale of two brothers and a city under siege! —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 05.02.2012 2 years ago
at 04:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
 

Strip Strip Hooray!

Makes the 'bump and grind' into a real grind.


Comedy

Rod Lott
Wonder what put lead in your great-grandfather's pencil? Watch any of the six filmed burlesque shows collected on Something Weird Video's double-disc Strip Strip Hooray! set. From 1949 to 1953, from 61 to 83 minutes, these stationary-camera pictures simply present what played out onstage.
 
Friday, May 4, 2012

The Perfect Family

Even if her movie does not, Kathleen Turner shines as the moralistic matriarch at the head of 'The Perfect Family.'


Drama

Rod Lott
The Perfect Family
5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch
okcmoa.com
236-3100
$5-$8
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

Great job!


Comedy

Rod Lott
When a movie's opening-credits logos are funny, you're in for quite a trip. Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie is indeed a trip — an acid one, to be precise. Whether it's good or bad depends entirely on your acceptance of ... oh, to pick a scene at random, a character held against his will in a bathtub being filled with the diarrhea of four children.
 
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Funny people


CFN

Gazette staff
Are state lawmakers getting a little punchy as the legislative session comes to an end?
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

J crew

Cameron J. may be JK when he’s rapping about food, but he’s truly serious about carving a career.


Music

Ryan Querbach
Blending music and comedy, one local artist is dead-serious about building a successful career. Born and raised in Oklahoma City, singer-songwriter Cameron J. Henderson has built an impressive following already, using YouTube as a medium for his genre-blending songs and comedy sketches.
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Laugh it


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
As seen on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central, comedian Alex Reymundo describes himself as “red-nexican” and “hickspanic.” Call him whatever you want after catching him at one of seven gigs tonight through Sunday at The Loony Bin, 8503 N. Rockwell. Tickets are $8-$12. Call 239-4242 or visit loonybincomedy.com.

Wednesday-Sunday

 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
 
Close
Close
Close