Here is the trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s 2002 documentary Comedian. I watched this brilliant spoof of hackneyed promos, decided that the actual film was never going to be able to touch it, and resolved to never bother seeing it.
The speaker’s desperate, frantic resorting to lazy cliches reminded me of comedy duo Stewart Lee and Richard Herring‘s fantastically arbitrary sitcom ideas from the mid 90s, which always, for some reason, involved someone called Ian. Samples (and here, I offer my gratitude to Wikipedia) included:
Ian Roll is a driving instructor, Ian Reversall is a baker. Due to some kind of accident they are forced to swap jobs. With hilarious consequences.
Pie In The Sky
Ian Pie is the landlord of the Sky pub. In an attempt to attract custom each week he buys a different giant pie which goes wrong and ironically scares the public away. With hilarious consequences.
Myy Cup Upstairs
Ian Myy lives in a flat. His upstairs neighbour borrows one of his cups and then doesn’t return it. The series details Ian Myy’s contrived and failed attempts to get back the cup that is rightfully his.
Babes In The Wood
Two babies live in a piece of wood. Simple but brilliant.
Chalk And Cheese
Ian Chalk and Ian Cheese are two men. They are very different. As different literally as chalk and cheese. Consequently they don’t really get on but occasionally they do something which makes them realise they are more similar than they initially thought and then Ian Cheese falls in a stream to break the seriousness of the moment.
Ian and Iain Bent are brothers who are policemen. One is corrupt and the other is homosexual. They both suffer from curvature of the spine, and they’re made of copper – they’re robots in the future.
Ay On The Ball
Adam Ay, who used to do the video game reviews on Live & Kicking, loses his to legs in an accident. Zoe Ball feels guilty that he was sacked and so offers to carry him around on her back thus he is literally ‘eye on the ball’. If Zoe not available then Johnny Ball definitely is.
Fruit And Nut
Ian Fruit, a flamboyant elderly raconteur, shares a flat with Ian Nut, a dangerous schizophrenic who has escaped from Broadmoor Hospital. Ian Fruit can only eat nuts, Ian Nut can only eat fruit, but they are both allergic to fruit and nut chocolate. As Ian Nut is mad he always secretly puts fruit and nut chocolate in everything they eat. With fatal consequences.
Honey I Swallowed Some Seamen
Rick Moranis plays a hapless professor who accidentally turns himself into a killer whale. Each week he attacks a ship and eats some sailors.
It’s about cats who can talk, going through the change of life. Possible Eddie Izzard vehicle
What’s your favourite?