The Meltdown is such a good show. Not only is it a fun stand up show with some great storytelling, but also it does what most stand up documentaries want to do, but without having comedians talking right into the camera about what comedy is. The Meltdown is what comedy is. It’s a specific sect of comedy in a very specific place, but it’s a special place, and how it’s captured is in a casual, fascinating, and fun way.
“Even if someone makes something terrible—like the music the Insane Clown Posse makes—at least they’re doing something that speaks to them. And they kept going even though people told them it was terrible. And they found their audience, and now they built a community around their work. Look, you couldn’t pay me to listen to their music, but I still feel like I have more in common with the Insane Clown Posse than I do with someone who just sits on the sidelines and shits on other people’s work and who never puts themselves on the line.”—
Continuing this talk of Comedy Bang Bang, I must say that Taran Killam and Paul Brittain are a fanTASTIC duo. The days of two character guests being frequent have kind of come and gone, except for occasional holiday episodes, but these two are always ON POINT. Killam is such a confident, absurd lead man with Brittain being the perfect comedy hype-man, or just supporting player. Not to say Brittain doesn’t hold his own- he’s a very funny man, but in the case of The Calvins Twins, Killam is such a bombastic presence that everything Brittain says in contrast is absolutely hilarious.