Every episode of Inside Amy Schumer deserves to be talked about, but there’s always one segment that rises above the rest and necessitates a little extra conversation. In lieu of recapping full episodes, we’re here to help you with water-cooler conversation by letting you know which sketch was an absolute must-watch.
‘The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail’ Tries to Cram Too Much Comedy Into Half-Hour Episodes — and Often Succeeds
For the past four years, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail has been the flagship show at Los Angeles’ NerdMelt Showroom. It’s a weekly comedy showcase (“alt-comedy” seems to be the preferred descriptor whenever the show is written up) hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani and featuring a nice mix of drop-ins from big names and great sets from “lesser-known” comedians. It’s an intimate show in an intimate setting, but Comedy Central recently took on the task of translating it to an eight-episode television series.
AUSTIN, TX: Silicon Valley, Mike Judge and Alec Berg’s new HBO comedy, opens with a rather alarmingly incongruous image: Kid Rock, on a neon-covered stage, in mid-performance. Lest we worry that we’ve accidentally switched over to NASCAR, Judge pulls back to reveal where Rock is performing: in front of a sparsely populated, totally uninterested party of tech geeks. The man throwing the party just made a mint selling his product to Google; the four men first seen standing around drinking beer (a subconscious shout-out to Judge’s King of the Hill) are on the other side of the equation, coders and programmers slaving away, desperately hoping to get rich off the next big thing. And then, almost accidentally, one of them discovers it.