August 14, 2022

The Pitch: Amidst the post-SNL sketch present increase of the ’80s and ’90s, The Youngsters within the Corridor stood head and shoulders above the pack. The fivesome of fresh-faced Canadian absurdists — Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin MacDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson — felt recent, new, and thrilling; their materials was edgy and provocative in a method that also leaned into Pythonesque silliness, ruffling feathers with out the ache of plucking them.

Whereas the 5 have labored collectively on and off for the reason that Lorne Michaels-produced present’s cancellation (most notably, of their movie debut flop Mind Sweet, plus heaps of touring reveals throughout North America in recent times), it took Amazon to carry them again from their 17-year hibernation from sketch tv.

And right here they’re, not as younger as they was (as they’ll be the primary to inform ya) however with their comedic sensibilities as sharp as ever. They will not be children anymore, however in quite a lot of methods, their comedy feels ageless.

These Are the Daves I Know, I Know: In quite a lot of methods, this new Youngsters within the Corridor is enjoying straight to their present cult of core followers, digging (in some instances actually) their previous materials from the graves through which they sat for practically twenty years. The opening sketch bears out that sense of world-weariness, that furtive step again into the limelight for 5 white Canadian dudes nearing their sixties: a Lorne Michaels sort (McKinney) commissions the revival of the Youngsters after a storage sale lastly makes Mind Sweet a worthwhile movie.

The Youngsters are dug again up from their mass grave; they balk at their wrinkled, sagging our bodies. “Am I nonetheless the lovable one?” Foley asks feebly. It’s fantastically darkish stuff, goofy and fatalistic in the best way solely the Youngsters can actually pull off — this time elevated with Amazon-level manufacturing values and extra localized Canadian references than you’ll be able to shake a loony at.

Actually, the neatest transfer the Youngsters make is in leaning into their standing as legends and, in some methods, relics. They’re previous white males, in spite of everything, they usually know they’re hardly the freshest voices in comedy anymore; however paradoxically, that provides them the license to poke enjoyable at their very own out-of-touch-ness with out it studying as acquiescence.

One prolonged sketch about post-Toobin Zoom etiquette shortly morphs into an prolonged office group masturbation session; one other sketch touches on cultural appropriation by way of the lens of literal clown footwear. There are simply sufficient layers of absurdism slathered on prime to maintain the digs from feeling reactionary, as a substitute positing a world the place all the principles and conditions of so-called “political correctness” have been taken solely to their most cartoonish conclusion.

Youngsters within the Corridor (Prime Video)

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