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Can't believe this is another great comedy that will be shown and then disappear into oblivion. Written and starring Dan Clark (Johnny Two Hats from Mighty Boosh), the atmosphere, comic subtleties and characters impressed me no end. The main story is based on 'dickhead' Don who is informed and delighted to hear he inherited his grandmothers house, this brings along a mortgage and Don's dead grandmothers carer Eddie, a fantastic original character who ends up caring for Don without asking for anything back, his strange upbeat caring persona is a brilliant comedy addition. With bills to pay he ends up renting a room to girl of his dreams and ex classmate Abby Jones unaware she has a serious relationship with anally retentive boyfriend Karl getting in the way. A joy to watch, hopefully a DVD will come out but can see it being another 'Snuff box'. What this comedy isn't is something trying hard to be crazy and wacky for the "youf". Will be keeping an eye on anything Dan Clark writes in the future.
This BBC3 comedy is one of the best things I've seen in a long time, and it takes a lot to make me laugh heartily. The writer, Dan Clarke is a diamond and his acting is both hilarious and flawless. The actress who played Abbey (in the first series) was poor although I can see that the character fit in well and looked the part. The main character really hits home to me and I'm guessing he does for a lot of people in their late 20s/ early 30's, especially non-students or ex-students.The new series is even funnier than the first so far with a slight cast switch around. Why isn't there more stuff like this on TV? Can't wait to see if there will be a third series! Here's prayin!
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I watched the first episode not knowing what to expect - I'd never
heard of Dan Clark, nor Sinead Moynihan. I must say I love these actors
and Dan Clark writes some truly great comedy. His acting in this show
is spot on - in his character Don Danbury, can I see a little bit of
Rik Mayall's influence? When watching this show I find I am constantly
thinking of Rik from the Young Ones.
Other character portrayals are spot on - Eddie Singh is fantastic, played wonderfully by David Armand, whom I last saw playing Richard in the series 'Pulling'. Karl Menford, played by Finlay Robertson, is great but I think needs a little polish - not sure if Finlay is suited for comedy, although he is starring in a new US comedy called 'The Story of _____' so he's obviously doing something right.
The second and third episodes of this show just get better and better. When he goes camping with Abby's students, we witness Don at his best, for he seems on the same intellectual track as the kids he's minding.
All in all a superb new show which I highly recommend to everyone. Dan Clark's on a money-winner here.
This series has been fantastic!!!! There hasn't been a single episode
that hasn't made me laugh out loud hysterically! The casting is
absolute perfect! The characters are so funny together. Mrs Treacher
especially because you don't expect such vulgar language from an old
woman which makes it all the more funnier.
Eddie is a complete weirdo but he is great and as for Don he is one FUNNY guy!!! Hot chicks make this work too So many funny lines. I'll be gutted when it's over and I hope they do a series 4!!
I don't know I even came to watching it but glad I did. Don the main character aka "d1ckhead" just rips the p1ss out of everyone that comes in contact with him. He is vain, shallow, a complete loser but yet at the same time he is completely lovable
The fact that he is written this himself makes him a complete comedy genius in my opinion.
I guarantee you will not be disappointed with this some of the scenes are so outrageous you can't help but laugh and poor old Eddie is so naive he gets so much stick!
This comedy show is great and breaks away from the "norm". The first season is a bit quirky, but once you get to know the characters, they really surprise me how well they somehow mesh together. I think that the first couple seasons were spent developing the characters and the direction their stories will take. Season 4 is fantastic and everything seems to come together because while almost every episode poses some random challenge or oddity, the simple back story still develops and has really progressed in this season. There seems to be a trend of the negative reviewers of this show in that they are all over- analyzing and taking things way too seriously for a comedy. It's supposed to be funny, not intriguing and mystifying. "You gotta think with your balls" as Don would say.
I don't know why some of these people are saying its not funny or cant
act, or ugly people. what is wrong with these reviewers??
Samantha is Really Hot, and the others are a decent looking bunch. I really enjoy all three of the series and i hope they make many more. Its always good for a laugh, it always cheers me up.
Since this show is now into its third series i wondered how they would continue to keep it entertaining and interesting, but they do. although every episode has a different topic the show still has underlying themes such as; Dons lack of tact, his inability to commit to a relationship, his lust for his flat mate first Abby, then Samantha, his reliance on Eddie, Eddies willingness to care for Don in every way. Its never boring.
If you love British comedy you will love how not to live your life. It
is the Inbetweeners for thirty somethings.
It tells the story of Don Danbury, a late twenty something no hoper, aimlessly plodding through life, going from one comedic failure to the next.
His character starts out as a shallow, hollow sketch of a man, but by the end of the second series he has developed in to a well fleshed out thinking and feeling man, helped by his "carer" Eddie and Don's quest to find the girl of his dreams.
I suggest you start with series 1, then go on to series 2, rather than jumping in to random episodes to fully understand all the characters and get yourself ready for series 3 (starting soon on BBC 3, I can't wait) Series 2 leaves us on a cliffhanger. Will Don, or won't Don? My only complaint and its a very minor one, is that I hope series 3 shows less of Mrs Treacher and more of Eddie. Her character, although at times hysterically funny, is often superfluous.
If you like the Inbetweeners, the Young Ones, 15 Stories High, you will love How not to live your life.
Whats wrong with you guys, this is hilarious, probably the best comedy
series currently showing.
The characters are funny, the guy looks cool and whats that about 'the people are ugly' whats that got to do with anything? comedy is comedy, looks don't matter.
when i was young i thought Mr bean was funny but now i think its stupid and depressing. 'only fools and horses' is probably the best comedy series but even that gets depressing now and then.
one of the worst comedies ever is 'hot fuzz' and it was soo over rated everyone thought they loved it. i fell asleep twice trying to watch that crap.
why are people following the crowds? think for yourself!
This show is freaking hilarious... I mean, side busting funny and for all you all who gave it a 1 star I feel sorry for you because you have absolutely no sense of humor what so ever... at all... none.. zero.. zilch... this show will crack you up almost immediately and the best part of it all is that each episode gets funnier and funnier as the series goes along. Bunch of sticks stuffed too far up some of these folks butts...that they need surgically removed I suppose. Its okay, not everyone is smart enough for a comedy like this, but for those with more refined flavors, this comedy will be at the top of your list. So this is kind of a hit and miss type show that totally hit with me, again, almost immediately because of the physical comedy that is involved. Not to mention the characters are well written much like the IT Crowd, but I think this takes the cake as funniest series. Good job Mr. Dan Clarke.. you are a funny chap keep up the good work and here is to pulling sticks out of people's butts!
I really can't believe how BBC Three decided to cancel this show after three seasons. They're definitely mental in the face. I've seen A LOT of comedy shows in my life, almost none of those could make me even smile. Some did of course, but these are shows that are regarded as the best ever made (Seinfeld, Chappelle's Show etc.). A feature a lot of sitcoms share, is that they're fun to watch, and are made interesting because by adding drama, but if you want a laugh, you're probably better of watching Dara O'Briain. I happened to come across this show and watched only five minutes after which I knew there will probably be nothing better on TV on all +200 channels. At this moment I watched, and enjoyed every episode. In the first season, it is made clear very quickly that Dan Clark is a comedy genius. Despite having a terrible cast (apart from David Armand), Clark was able to write a show so full of creative, unorthodox jokes, that the focus is only kept on him and Armand, while the other characters are only used to add some emotion to show. After one season, the cast changes however, taking an amazing turn for the better. With Laura Haddock, who is both funny and good looking, the writers are able to write hilarious banter between her and Clark, giving the show one star, and two great actors in supporting roles. The somewhat bad parts of the show, like a lack of decent minor characters, are so easily camouflaged by great writing, and the great chemistry between Clark and Armand, and Clark and Haddock. And I'll repeat: I can't believe how this show has been canceled, either a lack of marketing by the network, or just a network full of idiots. Everyone who's watched this, show can consider him/herself lucky for experiencing the great everyday phrases with Clark's twist like, insane in the mind, mental in the face, gaymen, roundhouse in the prick, and so on. I will definitely be on the lookout for future work of Dan Clark, as I'm sure it will be another piece of genius.
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