Every great work sooner or later will be the basis for a parody - from Godfather to Citizen Kane and from westerns to sci-fi. The success of Lord of the Rings film adaptation was a momentum that started many different project, some of them good, some of them bad, but at least one of them - ElvenQuest - great!
Jack Rosenthal started his career as writer for British soap opera Coronation Street, but after he wrote spin-off called Pardon the Expression (starring Arthur Lowe) that was rather typical sitcom his next project was something from completely other dimension - The Dustbinmen. The title pretty much explains the topics covered in this sitcom, but the approach to comedy was something completely unconventional.
Jimmy Perry is most remembered for his work on such hit comedy series as Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, You Rang, M’Lord? and Hi-de-Hi! that he wrote together with David Croft, but not many people remember that Perry did tried to make some sitcoms on his own and Room Service was one of them.
Stanislaw Bareja was one of the most famous Polish comedy writers, author of several now cult comedies that made fun of the communist system and displayed all the insane visions of society behind it. Of course for foreigners it could be hard to grasp the basic idea how it is to live in communist country, but Bareja was able to find the funny side of not so funny reality he was forced to live in.
Just imagine that you finally got the chance to create your own sitcom, it is mid-1990s, the golden era of sitcoms in US, you get a star from another sitcom booked to be in the cast, you get the perfect spot between two most popular shows in recent years (The Simpsons and The X-Files), you have no sitcoms competition in your spot and all you have to do is come up with the perfect idea for the show. I bet your choice would not be "two complete strangers pretend to be married to solve their puny problems". Well, but thatâ€™s what Michael J. Weithorn did in 1995...
There are few themes that are hardly the laughing matter, like someone’s death, illness, being broke or having the personal crisis. Yet comedy series managed to deal with all those themes without actually crossing the boundries. Death? Getting on (British or American version). Illness? Only When I Laugh or Scrubs. Personal crisis? The Fall and Raise of Reginald Perrin for example. Being broke? Oh, this list would be too long - from Steptoe and Son to Married with Children and many more. The Job Lot is another example of trying to make comedy of something that on first glance seem hard to achieve - unemployment.
Lateline creator Al Franken was in a past a comedian, writer for Saturday Night Live, he was an actor, but then he became an active politician and right now is US Senator. Lateline was his first stab at creating a sitcom, because in the past he was usually writer or co-author of the scripts. Unfortunately Lateline was a disaster...
Drew Carey, the Assistant Director of Personnel in Winfred-Louder department store in Cleveland, is unhappy with his job, lack of any hope to be promoted, lack of choices to change his life. And yes, it is a comedy, and for some time it was the top-level comedy.
Roy Clarke is one of the best comedy writers in Britain with such titles in his resume as Last of the Summer Wine, Keeping Up Appearances or Rosie, often concentrating on the Yorkshire, where he was born, and often writing a bitter-sweet stories. But one of his early productions is still fondly remembered by the audience - Ronnie Barker as stingy shop owner Arkwright and his always suffering nephew Granville as errand boy.
After great success of such TV series as Dadâ€™s Army, It Ainâ€™t Half Hot Mum or â€™Allo â€™Allo it seemed that World War 2 as theme for comedy has run dry - what more can be said about the Blitz, ration books and shouting sergeants? Another approach to war was Then Churchill Said to Me starring Frankie Howerd that made very little impact when finally has premiered. Later Goodnight Sweetheart was pushing the envelope by introducing time travel element, but idea for radio show that takes place during World War 2 seemed like really, really far fetched.
Comedy Series Blog - we search all the interesting (and sometimes not that interesting) comedy series from around the world. Some of them might be slightly better than the others, but in comedy there are no strict rules - sometimes less funny series, but made with skillful touch could be a hit. On the other hand there are series that try too hard to be funny and lose on the plots and characters building.
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