It’s easy to get Netflix tunnel vision when embarking on an epic telly session, but you’d be a fool of Kraken-sized proportions to discount Amazon Prime Video’s growing library of gems.
As this collection of Stuff favourites shows, Amazon’s streaming service has become particularly adept at laughter generation. And remember; all of these movies and TV shows are already included in your Prime subscription, so sit back and prepare to engage your face’s smile apparatus with these comedy masterpieces...
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Varun Thakur: Vicky this side, Varun that side
Two is better than one. Varun Thakur and his alter ego Vicky Malhotra take the stage to make you laugh twice as much.
Things get ridiculously funnier when the second half of the show is taken over by Vicky Malhotra, a struggling actor who seems like he reads more protein powder instructions than books.
Kanan Gill: Keep it real
Amazon has seemed to have given every Indian stand-up comedian a platform to showcase their talent. But it can get a little overwhelming to see so many at once, let alone know which one is actually worth your precious time.
In a nutshell, Kanan Gill is. No, not because he looks good. But because he keeps it real.
No, don't skip this. We promise it's not as absurd as Borat.
Well, maybe a little but this one has Sacha Baron Cohen as the ruler of Wadiya doing all sorts of crazy. His character is a crazy tyrannical ruler who is anti-western, sexist and surrounds himself with female bodyguards. Yes. Typical Sacha Baron Cohen. It's a must watch.
Amazon’s been trying to “do a Netflix” by creating its very own blockbusting TV shows for ages now, but this is the first time it’s got it right. For a start, Transparent is really bold – it tells the story of a sixtysomething divorcee announcing to his three grownup kids that he’s always felt different and is now going to live as a woman.
Sounds heavy, and it sort of is, but it’s also darkly funny, with a degree of wit and sharpness that’s still rare even in this golden age of TV. The bickering between the three kids (each of whom is riddled with their own individual problems and peccadillos) is as chucklesome as it is awkward and real. Amazing telly.
Rejoice, for “the show about nothing” has finally come to a UK streaming service; now Prime customers have the perfect excuse to plough through all nine seasons of Jerry Seinfeld’s beloved sitcom.
An inventive, absurd and hilarious examination of the trivialities of modern life, never relying on slapstick or coddling viewers with cheap sentimentality, Seinfeld is quite simply a must-watch for all fans of comedy. With each episode clocking in at a little over 20 minutes, it’s also great fare for binge watching. Be warned: your Sundays will be eaten right up.
Parks and Recreation
The show that propelled Amy Poehler to Golden Globepresenting notoriety and Chris Pratt to blockbuster ultrastardom has its wit and oneliners honed to perfection. Taking Modern Family’s warmth, mixing it with Arrested Development’s absurdity and building it around The Office’s mockumentary formula, it centres on the inconsequential workdays of the least consequential department (Parks and Rec) of the council of madeup middle- American town of Pawnee, Indiana.
Like The Office, its brilliance lies in its characters and their relationships, although its comic set pieces are also ingenious. But unlike The Office, it’s not tragic – it’s bright, touching and will leave you grinning from cheek to cheek. It takes until season 2 to really hit its stride, but Parks and Recreation is a true must-see.