The lockdown has given me an opportunity to catch up on some TV shows I haven’t watched over the years, despite them being recommended to me. I never really got into the whole boxset ‘binging’ thing, and it seemed like a bit of a waste of time to be honest. I’m the sort who would prefer to read the classics instead of staring gormlessly at a screen watching the latest dross that Netflix have released.
However, I’ve just finished watching Veep. The phrase comedy genius is overused, but can there be any doubt that Armando Iannucci is indeed fully deserving of the title? The writer of such comedy classics as The Day Today, I’m Alan Partridge, The Thick of It, The Death of Stalin etc.
Is there anyone else you feel is deserving of the comedy genius title? I’ve scanned threads in AH that relate to comedy, and find they always seem to be bad tempered affairs where desperately unfunny men give out about comedians and comedy, so I’m hoping this thread doesn’t follow the same route. Preferably modern comedy geniuses, as otherwise we get the Steptoe and Son, Dave Allen, Two Ronnies, P.G Wodehouse sorts putting in their false teeth and waxing lyrical about the ‘good old days’.
I’m also well aware that I’ve a magnificent sense of humour (and am quite the gifted mimic in real life), but I don’t feel I deserve the title of comedy genius. So no need to flatter me unnecessarily.