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'A History of the World, Part II' review: Hulu's Mel Brooks sequel gets enough laughs to keep you coming back

Brooks’s 1296 The film “History of the World, Part 1” gets the eight-episode series treatment featuring Nick Kroll, Ike Barinholtz and Wanda Sykes, which also stars as the writer and producer .

Wanda Sykes as Shirley Chisholm in History of the World, Part II

Wanda Sykes “A History of the World, Part II” Tyler Golden/Hulu

Spoofs are all about the volume. Provide enough punchlines and you’re almost guaranteed to be dumb — but if you get the laughs loud enough, the audience will be too busy gasping and drying tears to notice.

With the following possible exceptions aircraft!

Guys, there is no one like Mel Brooks 730 There are jokes at Blazing Saddles fall. You mostly don’t remember them, because most of them are still a riot. And because of too much Dracula: Dead and loving it

stagnant, rarely mentioning the few punchlines that landed.

World History, Part II

Bottom Line Ragged, but Filled with great guest stars and some laughs.

Broadcast date: Two episodes every night (Hulu) from Monday, March 6th to Thursday, March 9th Cast: Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes ,

Ike Barinholtz

executive producer:
Mel Brooks, Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Statham

With Mel Brooks spoofing, 1296 of World History , the first part is in the middle. It has a lot of merit – I quote “the people are said to be revolting”. “You said it. They stink on the ice!” is in my head at least once a week – I think the memorable dead work and stretches actually come from The Meaning of Life by Monty Python


While every sperm may be divine – that’s definitely Monty Python — world history

is less sacred than it is fondly remembered. If you watch Hulu’s new History of the World, Part II

The original comes across as unshakable, but the work produced by the brilliant creative team led by Nick Kroll, Ike Barinholtz and Wanda Sykes can be astonishing. disappointment. But more down-to-earth viewers will recognize that the eight-part series is very similar to what Brooks is delivering. There’s a lot of great stuff here, too many interesting cameos to count, and at least as many sketches that meander, lack edge, or spread thinly. I suspect every viewer’s hit rate will be different, but I found enough in the positive columns to keep me going.

Brooks is the executive producer here and he gave a presentation where he said that when Hulu contacted him, one of his two requests was not to repeat the sketches from the movie — This rule was broken in the first episode. There are also direct references to several other Brooks films and beloved jokes, while 57 year-old American Treasure — his words, but accurate — narrates, though less and less in-depth as the series progresses. Most of the time, though, it’s true World History

from the writing team and directors Kroll, Alice Mathias, David Stassen and Lance Bangs.

Meta-jokes galore, including commentary on the different experiences for regular Hulu viewers and viewers who prefer an ad-free experience. There are songs by Mark Rivers, including the exhaustive Fiddler on the Roof

Takeoff featuring Kroll and Pamela Adlon, and the delightful Jack Black as Stalin. For those who might be concerned about the infiltration of political correctness, there’s plenty of Yiddish-based humor and plenty of adjustments for race and religion. Then there are historical figures who farted, vomited, and pulled their pants. It covers all fields. Sometimes it’s just a two minute idea, someone thinks it’s a farce – keep in mind that several of the most quoted parts of the movie are in the trailer to show off upcoming attractions at the end – and then the storyline Will play across multiple episodes.

The stretch from feature film to series length hasn’t always been the show’s friend, and the extended sketch ends up being the show’s least satisfying. The Civil War story featuring Barry Holtz opens hilariously with an alcoholic General Grant and Timothy Simons comically as an over-tall President Lincoln, then takes a few episodes hiatus before returning to the Union The soldiery trio — Tim Baltz, Tyler James Williams and an excellent loopy Zahn McClarnon — then had nowhere to go. this’70 Sitcom parody Shirley! , Sykes as Shirley Chisholm, has some of my favorite cameos this season, but lacks any clear focus. On the other hand, the decision to retell the Jesus story in multiple styles (Jay Ellis, who is paired with Zazie Bates as Mary Magdalene in the fantasy rom-com) — self-explanatory Curb Your Judaism is me The only thing to spoil – pays amazingly fat dividends.

Binge-watching an entire season also underscores the level of repetition, whether it’s an over-reliance on very straight-forward pop culture references that already feel dated , or entirely around the “what if famous person X was on social media?” premise. Typhoid Mary (Mary Holland) doing a YouTube cooking show? interesting! Galileo as a TikTok (or “TicciTocci”) content creator? Is not funny! Princess Anastasia (Dove Cameron) as an influencer? somewhere in the middle!

There is also something wrong with the working hours. Many targets of satire have recently been given a smarter and stricter treatment in Charlie Brooker’s BBC Two/Netflix mockumentary 1235312929Cunk on Earth, the show does a better job mixing actual historical information with its comedy combined. Disclaimer: I know very well that no one will watch History of the World, Part II want to gather knowledge, though there is the occasional, “Yeah, that’s actually true,” nudges from viewers.

It all leads to a series of creative pressures that are rarely coherent and that, by the end, have shown a lot of false advertising. Still, I appreciate the versatility and passion for the game of the three core stars, as well as the steady stream of impromptu performers, some of which are so good it’s best not to be spoiled. History of the World, Part II Jagged, but I’d love to watch part 3

— maybe even Compare42 after many years.

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