Posts Tagged ‘RTE2’
Thanks to my uncanny knack for injuring myself and the unfortunate ill-health that seems to be par for the course in my line of work at this hectic time of year I haven’t been able to get out of the house in the evenings for live comedy Thankfully, it’s giving me a fun opportunity to catch up on some of my favourite tv comedy shows and I’ve even managed to find a new(ish) series to potentially become addicted to, so it hasn’t been all bad! So I figured I’d share my tv comedy picks just in case you find yourself icing your knee after whacking it off a wall and again off the stairs as you fall up them, twice, (not that I know anyone daft enough to do that?!?!)…
First up without ‘How I Met Your Mother’,usually on E4 at 7.30pm Mon-Friday, I’d been one very unhappy camper. I’ve loved this show for years and the characters antics seem to get funnier the older they get. The group dynamic allows each character space to exist in their own right but it’s the relationship between them all that makes it so watchable time and time again. See for yourself below and if you fancy watching more of the show it’s available on 4oD here.
If you’re not fit to leave the house to get your comedy fix and are undecided as to what you should be watching to get your giggle on today, I think it might be time I confessed I’ve been harbouring a tv comedy secret… for weeks now I’ve been snorting with laughter at the antics of Caroline and Max in 2Broke Girls and it just so happens that it’s on tonight on both RTE2 and E4
For those of you who don’t know 2Broke Girls is the story of a rich girl, Caroline, down on her luck thanks to her father’s swindling ways, who finds herself working in a Brooklyn diner with a host of hilarious characters including the feisty Max. Max, who is fiercely independent, soon learns to like Caroline and the 2girls start working together on a cupcake business to allow them both to lead a more successful life.
Every week brings a wacky new adventure to life and each episode is loaded with funny moments that often make you laugh out loud. It’s definitely the relationships between the characters that contribute the most comedy to the show; I for one love Oleg whose overt sleaziness is strangely endearing! The chemistry between all of the primary characters also gives the show real heart and in between laughs you will find yourself rooting for each of the cast whenever they encounter a problem in their lives.
Created by Michael Patrick King and Whitney Cummings, and starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs among others, this witty and whimsical show is sure to entertain you. Catch it tonight on RTE2 @9pm or E4 @9pm/E4+1 @10pm. RTE are further on in the series than E4 who are already a few weeks into it themselves but I have good news for all you folks who’d like to see more of the early episodes from the series, 2Broke Girls is also available on 4oD! Enjoy
Last week saw the introduction of the American sitcom ‘Happy Endings’ to RTE 2. The series has proved popular stateside since it was originally aired in 2011 and has been nominated for a variety of awards in 2012 including a GLAAD Media Award (for Outstanding Comedy Series) and a number of Dorian Awards (including TV Comedy of the Year).
The sitcom revolves around a group of 6 friends living in Chicago; Brad and Jane who are married and contemplating starting a family, Max who’s gay, Penny who’s single and has just turned 30, Alex who’s Jane’s sister and who leaves the final member of the gang, Dave, at the altar in the opening moments of episode 1.
So, first impressions? Honestly, I couldn’t help but think ‘Friends’. However, it does seem more grown up than friends was, with a slightly older group of people at the core of the series who are trying to figure out how to navigate through the problems in their daily lives without sacrificing their friendships.
The first episode sees the gang dealing with a drastic change in their group dynamic thanks to Alex and Dave’s dramatic break up on the altar. The rest of the group (Max, Jane, Brad and Penny) are left in the awkward position of trying to figure out if they have to choose sides or can they all still remain friends? While all this is going on within the group you also get a little insight into each of the characters and their relationship with one another. Unfortunately in this first episode they do seem a little two-dimensional, with Penny at first glance appearing to be the typical single 30-year-old female, desperately searching for a husband and Jane coming across as something of a control freak who definitely wears the pants in her relationship with Brad. But I assume they’ll develop and show more depth as the series progresses.
In spite of the fairly predictable nature of this pilot episode there’s a lot of humour in the characters’ interactions and they are a likeable bunch so you will want to go back and see how the drama in their lives unfolds. It has the promise of a show that improves with each new episode and I for one will be tuning in this evening to see what happens next. Whether the characters manage to capture an Irish audience’s imagination in the same way as those of Friends fame did in the 90’s remains to be seen, but I can certainly think of worse ways of spending half an hour of my Wednesday evening than having an easy laugh at the crazy antics of these 6 individuals all searching for their ‘Happy Endings’.
See episode 2 tonight at 7.30pm on RTE2
It’s Monday and you’re not fit to go anywhere after the weekend so what do you do? Take out the RTE Guide and start planning your t.v. for the evening, but today there’s something missing from the listings…. The Republic of Telly and The Savage Eye have both vanished from our screens again!
I’m sure something will take their place soon enough but, in the mean time, I thought it would be fun to take a second look at some of the funny moments these shows have brought us over their last season. I hope you enjoy rewatching them too
Brendogg and Bolsak
Rose of Tralee
Damo & Ivor
Here’s hoping the lads find even funnier material for the new seasons. In the mean time there’s good news on the tv comedy front… they’ve got a classic episode of Father Ted on RTE2 tonight at 9pm, that’s my tv viewing sorted so!