A podcast looking back at comedies on their fiftieth anniversaries to ask: what was humorous then, and what — if anything — continues to amuse now?
19 February, 1971: Cold Turkey
Anna and Ben cough, gasp, and wheeze their way through the 1971 Norman Lear satire about a whole town that tries to quit smoking, Cold Turkey. Will they come to a consensus about whether the film unfairly judges the characters or successfully establishes stakes, or will Big Tobacco keep their findings from the light of day?
9 February, 1971: Little Murders
Anna and Ben venture into the heretofore unknown territory of 1971, and investigate Jules Feiffer's and Alan Arkin's Little Murders. They forensically dissect the romantic power dynamics between Elliot Gould's and Marcia Rodd's characters, but come to very different conclusions about the essence and impact of Donald Sutherland's satirical preacher. If they agree, fine; if they disagree, also fine! He will not put them down for that.
Episode 17 - The Buzz Aldrin Show
The BBC would like to apologize for the following summary: just for the halibut, Nathan and Ben fish through the episode's many inside references and call-backs, floundering to find a unifying theme. They cod have found something better than this one, but you know what they say: hake it 'til you make it! Reach for the stars and bream big!
Episode 16: Déja Vu
Tonight, on "It's the Mind", we examine the phenomenon of déja vu, that strange sensation when it feels like Nathan and Ben have already talked about the possibility of last minute edits, Scottish "racism", the hilarity of explosions, and the world record for balancing eggs before.
24 December 1970: The Aristocats
Anna and Ben divert somewhat from the traditional format of the podcast and after comparing The Aristocats to its canine antecedents and pondering feline genetic— and financial! — inheritance, they get lost in the weeds of discussing Disney's influence on and responsibility to popular culture. So much so that after the quiz on "catnappings", there was no time left for their five favourite moments!
5 December 1970: Brewster McCloud
Anna and Ben convene in a fallout shelter under the Houston Astrodome to discuss the fiftieth anniversary of Robert Altman's dark fable. They discuss whether commercial art can be "High Art", whether fairy tales need to make sense, and the great Marshmallow Test of all our lives.
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A terrific deep dive into comedy legend
It's always so hard to remember that shows, movies, books or most any other artistic achievement that becomes so iconic as to seem inevitable, did not necessarily have a smooth road. It's fascinating to learn the details behind the Flying Circus.
They know their stuff!
Im not the biggest fan of Monty Python but this pod is really fun! The guys know a lot and it seems very well researched. Fun podcast about an important contribution to TV history.