I have a lingering cold. It feels like yesterday should’ve been the final day, but it’s the visitor that will not leave. Oh well. At least it’s just a cold, and not some vomit-launch high-fever diarrhea-catapult jamboree. I hear that’s going around. In fact, I have no medical evidence of this, but I’ve convinced myself that since I’m almost finished with a bad cold, my immune system is operating at a higher level and fighting off all the worse illnesses out there. If it’s not true, I don’t want to hear about it. Keep that shit to yourself.
Indeed, everybody’s hacking and coughing and sneezing. Everywhere I go it sounds like square dance night at a 1957 Tuberculosis sanitarium. The fact that I’m in the throes of illness should not surprise me. The spores of sickness are airborne and plentiful. The grossness has been weaponized!
But today’s gotta be the end of it, right? What’s this lingerin’ bullshit? It started on Wednesday. It’s too much.
In any case, I finished watching a show on Amazon this weekend that turned out to be FANTASTIC. Have you seen Catastrophe? Man, that’s the good stuff. It’s a comedy, but no hack sitcom. This ain’t Alice, goddammit. It’s about an American guy who has a quickie relationship with an Irish woman while traveling on business in London. She calls him about a month after he returns to Boston and informs him she’s pregnant. When his phone rings it displays Sharon (London Sex). He ends up moving there, to be a part of the kid’s life. He barely knows the woman but is determined to do the right thing. And there’s your premise.
It is very funny and super-smart — every episode is written by the stars, Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney. It’s fairly raunchy and is LOADED with memorable lines. I’m thinking about watching it again, ’cause it’s is so dense with filthy and brilliant dialog. Here’s another review in which they call the show depraved. I don’t know about that, but I loved it. In fact, I can’t stop thinking about the final episode of Season 3. It was genuinely suspenseful and gut-wrenching. As well as hilarious. Crazy!
There’s one final season, which I believe is being shown in England now. At some point, Amazon will add it. They have some sort of stake in the show, with exclusive streaming rights, etc. Looking forward to it, but I wish they weren’t calling it quits on the show. It’s really, really good.
I recorded a podcast over the weekend, while I was totally sick. I was late sending it to Producer Zipp and don’t have it back yet. It’s my fault, and he’s also probably pulling his hair out editing out all the coughing and sneezing and snorkeling. Maybe I should’ve skipped it? I don’t know. I’m fairly fixated on sticking to the schedule these days. As soon as I can get it posted, I will. It has some laughs in it, despite your host wiping his feet at death’s door.
UPDATE: It’s up!
And speaking of Zipp, he and his podcast partner Bob are releasing a one-hour scripted comedy… radio drama or somesuch. I heard it in advance, in fact, I listened to it twice. Very silly, and very funny! Here’s the trailer and the full program is supposed to be released today as the latest episode of their No Redeeming Qualities podcast. This thing was a year in the making, a huge undertaking. And I’m not kidding, I laughed throughout. Please check it out. You’re going to like it.
And I’m calling it a day here, my friends. If you know of any hidden gems, like Catastrophe, on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon, please share. I didn’t even know about that show. It nearly got past me, and I wonder what great shows have gotten past me? There’s an embarrassment of riches out there!
I hope you guys have a fantastic day.
I’ll be back on Thursday.