Three Australian YouTube comedians get their own series and it’s hilarious.
It’s a sketch show. Each episode has a loose theme and the general premise is that three men, Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly, and Zachary Ruane, live together in a house despite their general incompetence and insanity. Guests include Ed Helms, Scott Aukerman, Weird Al, Kristen Schaal, and some other people who apparently wanted to break into the Australian YouTube watcher market.
This show is one of the funniest things I’ve seen. I haven’t genuinely had to pause something because I was laughing too hard in a long time, but I had to do it about once an episode here. Many people state that the secret to comedy is surprise and these three men have taken that lesson to heart. Many of the set-ups in this series seem to be inspired by children’s television, with the characters acting clueless and having things like a talking dishwasher or a cowboy roommate. It takes these nonsensical setups and tries to play them straight while also interrupting them with completely unrelated jokes. The fourth wall is more of a suggestion, with the characters breaking it to narrate, make asides, or just flat-out comment on production.
Possibly the most impressive thing about this show is that it pulls from literally every level of comedy, from puns to clever references to sight gags, and does it in a way that will guarantee almost anyone will be entertained. Even if you don’t like one joke, you’ll probably enjoy the next one that’s five seconds later. Perhaps the funniest bits are when they take a traditionally childish thing like drumming on pots and work in ridiculously dark or adult jokes. The characters have no consistency whatsoever, but this is one of the rare cases where that works to their benefit. Any character can be the straight man in one scene or the wacky one in the next. They frequently play multiple characters in the same scene, with episodes involving them talking to alternate versions of themselves.
Overall, seriously, you just need to watch this show. It’s hilarious.
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