Foxtel’s streaming service has regular late night comedy and some rare HBO comedy gold. Here’s the best of the best.
One of the attractions of streaming services is that they frequently offer strange and beautiful programs we’ve never seen here in Australia. Foxtel, in particular, scored massive points when it signed an exclusivity agreement with HBO and some of that content has spilled over into its streaming service, Foxtel Play (now known as Foxtel Now). Below are the Top 10 comedies available to stream, many of which are exclusive to Foxtel’s streaming platform.
|Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||The best thing to come out of the Colbert report since Colbert. LWT with John Oliver reviews the last seven days in news and politics with the satirical flare that earnt Oliver an Emmy when he was a writer for The Daily Show.|
|8 out of 10 Cats||Led by three brilliant comedians (Jimmy Carr, Sean Lock and Jon Richardson) a panel of contestants compete in a series of statistics-based games. If you’re an Australian it’s likely this one flew under your radar, so now is your chance to join in on the laughs.|
|Bored to Death||This HBO comedy follows the exploits of a fictionalised version of the show’s writer Jonathan Ames – a crime novelist turned private detective. Bored to Death’s recycled plot is saved by the stellar cast which includes Jason Schwartzman in the lead role, Zach Galifianakis as the comic book artist best friend and Ted Danson (in fantastic form) as the wayward editor of a failing men’s magazine.|
|Louis C.K Stand Up||Dubbed by many as the greatest comedian living, Louis C.K.’s bits are self-deprecating and controversial in equal measure. Not one to be subdued by social taboos, C.K.’s stand up will have you in tears in one moment and wincing in the next.|
|The Trip||This highly improvised comedy stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as fictionalised versions of themselves travelling the north of England. Along the way, the two squabble, one up each other’s impersonations of famous celebrities and find the time to review a few restaurants (the reason for the trip). It’s a lovely, relaxing film peppered with comedic brilliance from the two leads.|
|Archer||Sterling Archer is the top gun at the unfortunately named spy agency, ISIS. He’s an attractive oaf who must contend with his ex and co-agent Lana Kane, his mother and boss, Jessica and office dweeb/roadhump Cyril Figgis (dating Lana). If you’re an Arrested Development fan then Archer is for you. Not only does it share a similar humour, but the Bluth patriarch (Jeffrey Tambor) and matriarch (Jessica Walter) provide voice work for rival ex-lovers, Jessica Archer and Len Trexler.|
|Flight of the Conchords||Britt (Brett) and Jemaine are two New Zealand born shepherds turned musicians looking for a break in the Big Apple. Unfortunately for them, their bumbling manager/Deputy Cultural Attaché at the New Zealand Consulate can’t manage to land them a gig. Each episode highlights a song from the comedic duo and with series regulars like Rhys Darby and Kristen Schaal, there’s always an abundance of laughs.|
|The Brink||This brand-new comedy from HBO stars Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black) as three Americans at different levels of government. After an insecure Pakistani army general comes to power, the country’s arsenal of nuclear weapons fall into unstable hands. Alex Talbot (Black), Walter Larson (Robbins) and Zeke “Z-Pak” Tilson (Schreiber) must each play a role in preventing World War III.|
|Office Space||This timeless cult comedy is Mike Judge’s most revered work (he's the creator of King of the Hill and Beavis and Butthead).The movie that gave us the “That would be great” meme is endlessly quotable and almost too relatable for anyone who has ever worked in an office setting. Three friends, sick of the monotony of their day jobs, decide to rip off the company they work for. Of course, things don’t go exactly to plan.|
|7 Days in Hell||Andy Samberg (SNL) and Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) play Aaron Williams and Charles Poole, two pro tennis players who face off at Wimbledon for seven days straight. 7 Days in Hell chronicles the on-court and off-court exploits of the “Bad Boy of Tennis”, Williams, and attractive airhead Poole. Featuring cameos by Lena Dunham, David Copperfield and John McEnroe, this HBO mockumentary was a sleeper hit that’s destined for cult status.|