Want to watch some new TV? Tired what’s out there right now? Need a few laughs?
I like to think I have a pretty good sense humor when it comes to television and movies. This one kind tests those waters. “Bartlett” is a new series produced and created for Vimeo, and for what it’s worth…it’s actually pretty good. So, if you have a Vimeo account here are 5 reasons you should give this indie comedy a chance.
Reason 1: Portlandia Fans Welcome
I am a casual fan Portlandia, but after viewing this show it has all the fixing Portlandia. It’s subtle humor and REALLY dry. But when the humor hits, it’s pretty damn funny. If you don’t know what I am talking about, this show may not be for you. So, if you choose to check it out just know you have to have a certain sense humor to appreciate it.
Reason 2: Lin Manuel Miranda
The Hamilton star makes a guest appearance you won’t soon forget. If I had not seen him kill it on Curb Your Enthusiasm I might not have taken his role seriously in this show. But, when you check it out folks, just remember, chickens are no doubt, hilarious. He brings some star power in name alone, but his small role does make a difference and it is a lasting impression for the Tony award winner.
Reason 3: Corny Music Videos
So, Roger wants to make music instead being at a job he hates. Each episode showcases his thought process for that episode in a wickedly corny and funny music video. Some are ridiculous, but some actually are really funny. Like I said earlier, you have to have the sense humor to really get the grasp this show. Not all the jokes are meant to hit, and that’s the brilliance behind it. These music videos fall into that category.
Reason 4: Creative
This series is told in almost a Pulp Fiction-esque way. It’s told out order to set up for the big pitch Roger is trying to make to save his job. You go from 10 mins to pitch to two years before the pitch to get the grasp how and why the characters interact with each other the way they do. To truly understand the full picture it takes you all around the lives the characters and how each them contribute to the big pitch in the finale.
Reason 5: Sanjay Kahn
This dude is hands down the strongest comedic performance in the show. His dialogue and interactions with the other characters throughout the show is hilarious. Whether he’s trying to talk his girlfriend in to taking care his ‘morning wood,’ or if he is belittling his Swinging D*cks (yes that’s the name the team) creative pitch team, he’s great. He will make you laugh out loud for sure. Overall, Bartlett was interesting to say the least. Not something I would’ve necessarily sought out, but after I was done watching it, I was happy I did. It was really good. If you have a different sense humor this is for you for sure. Any fans Portlandia, you will LOVE this show. I enjoy different types comedy, hopefully if you have a Vimeo account this one catches your eye as well.