Safety Not Guaranteed

Based on an ad that appeared in the mid-1990s in a survivalist magazine, Safety Not Guaranteed is the story of Kenneth, an eccentric supermarket clerk who claims he can time travel, and Darius, a magazine intern who thinks Kenneth might be her scoop.

The movie claims to be a “hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey,” which actually might be true since it is produced by the same people who produced Little Miss Sunshine, one of my favorite movies.

Plus, Aubrey Plaza! She is awesome!

Vintage? Retro? Plaza in The Jeannie Tate Show!

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Key and Peele

Key and Peele is fantastic.  Both Portlandia and Key and Peele are more consistently funny than SNL is or MadTV was. It may be a “cooks in the kitchen thing,” where you get more quality sketches out of a comedy duo (Fry and Laurie, Armisen and Brownstein, Key and Peele) because of the closer rapport. Idk, just a guess.

Show description:

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are the stars of “Key & Peele,” an original new sketch-comedy show that examines life in a provocative and irreverent way, through a combination of filmed sketches and live stage segments. Whether it’s satirizing the President, spoofing Nazis, or ordering up some soul food, Key & Peele showcases their chemistry, camaraderie and unique point of view, born from their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world.

Anyway, Key and Peele, both former MadTV cast members, are great.  You can watch full-length episodes on Hulu Plus, clips on Hulu, and clips on Comedy Central. And of course there’s the Comedy Central channel on youtube.

Here are some of my favorite sketches. IT WAS TOO HARD TO CHOSE SO I JUST KEPT ADDING MORE AND MORE:

 

The show airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30 c on Comedy Central and it has already been renewed for a second season that will air in the fall.

Portlandia!

 

Portlandia is a fantastic sketch comedy show on IFC starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.  The second season just started and we are in store for ten episodes as opposed to the first season’s six.  The first season is available on DVD or from itunes or most of the episodes can be pieced together from the clips on Hulu.

Even if you have never been to Portland (I haven’t), you will love this show.  It is like the best sketches from SNL + a dash of familiar weird people + hippie/hipster mocking = HILARIOUS!  Carrie and Fred play versions of themselves and lots of other reoccurring characters.  Each episode has one main story broken up into three or four parts with other sketches throughout.

They are going on a live tour (yay!) and you can check out the dates here.

I recently heard Carrie and Fred on Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Did you know Carrie Brownstein used to write a music blog for NPR?

Portlandia is a comedy home run and I look forward to catching up with the mayor, Toni and Candice, and the wonderful city of Portland!