If there’s a lesson to be taken from Ricky Gervais’ performance as Golden Globes host (besides not pissing off the Scientologists), it’s that British and American humour is divided by more than an ocean of sharks. Perhaps Showcase’s Sunday night lineup---including the American remake of popular Shameless---is meant to bridge the post-colonial differences through the laugh track. Episodes is another inside Hollywood comedy, this time, as seen through the eyes of two snobbish British screenwriters, played by foppish Stephen Mangan and the Julie Andrews-sexy Tamsin Greig. Matt LeBlanc (Joey on Friends) is surprisingly fantastic, playing a caricature of himself. Still establishing its rhythm, Episodes isn’t nearly as biting as Curb Your Enthusiasm, but unfortunately with a few too many ’90s gags and one-liners thrown in, perhaps to make LeBlanc feel at home. The real joy, however, is Daisy Haggard, as the silent, unsmiling head of comedy whose face contorts in rotten-egg disgust.

Support The Coast

At a time when the city needs local coverage more than ever, we’re asking for your help to support independent journalism. We are committed as always to providing free access to readers, particularly as we confront the impact of COVID-19 in Halifax and beyond.

Read more about the work we do here, or consider making a donation. Thank you for your support!

Comments (0)

Add a comment

Add a Comment

Get more Halifax

Our Thursday email gets you caught up with The Coast. Sign up and go deep on Halifax.