Author Topic: How To With John Wilson  (Read 3152 times)

Ja'moke

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How To With John Wilson
« on: October 24, 2020, 10:05:14 PM »
Not sure if this belongs in Comedy Chat because it’s really hard to pin down a genre. But I guess it would be classed as a docu-comedy?

Anyway it’s a six-part documentary series that just started on HBO by filmmaker John Wilson and exec produced by Nathan Fielder. Each episode tackles a different “How To...” topic.

I really enjoyed the first episode. It’s funny and silly and sweet and surprisingly touching in parts. And it has the great ability of finding odd but interesting real people much like Nathan For You did.

Worth checking out.

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2020, 10:08:25 PM »
I'm pleased to hear this is good, I downloaded earlier after it was recommended to people in the Joe Pera Talks With You facebook group, and I'll definitely give it a shot tomorrow when I'm sober.

Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2020, 04:32:59 AM »
Liked the first episode, love the potential of the format where almost the entire thing is assembled from POV man-on-the-street footage. So far it's more of a pleasant slow burn than a riotous laugh-out-loud comedy, although the first episode did have a few big laughs. The MTV producers getting mad at him for facing the wrong direction.

Ja'moke

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2020, 12:14:12 PM »
So far it's more of a pleasant slow burn than a riotous laugh-out-loud comedy, although the first episode did have a few big laughs. The MTV producers getting mad at him for facing the wrong direction.

That bit, plus the Mankind joke and the ridiculous amount of hotel pillows in the bathroom.

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2020, 04:17:13 PM »
It's very promising. I know that the awkwardness and quirkiness is very reminding of Pera and Fielder, but the style in which it's delivered is quite novel, and the tone makes also a very interesting contrast with the harshness of New York.

Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2020, 02:39:19 AM »
Didn't laugh that much but still absolutely LOVED this.

Mobius

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2020, 03:36:41 AM »
Really does feel like a Nathan Fielder / All Gas No Brakes / Joe Pera mashup doesn’t it.

Enjoyable. The wrestling nonce catcher was terrifying

Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2020, 05:48:02 PM »
Really lovely stuff - exactly what's needed in the midst of this nightmare hellscape we live in. Is it me or was that an unremarked-upon Kyle MacLachlan having a hard time getting through the subway turnstile about halfway in?

Ja'moke

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2020, 02:27:41 PM »
Really lovely stuff - exactly what's needed in the midst of this nightmare hellscape we live in. Is it me or was that an unremarked-upon Kyle MacLachlan having a hard time getting through the subway turnstile about halfway in?

Yep, that was indeed Kyle MacLachlan!

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2020, 06:23:43 PM »
Well, the disclaimer at the beginning of the second episode is there for a good reason.

Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2020, 07:38:20 PM »
Well, the disclaimer at the beginning of the second episode is there for a good reason.

I had to do a double take[1] there, too. Didn't bother me in the slightest, but I'm surprised that HBO Max were allowed to broadcast it.
 1. No pun intended

Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2020, 09:55:36 AM »
i missed the disclaimer. was it about the hotel falling down?

Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2020, 11:31:51 AM »
i missed the disclaimer. was it about the hotel falling down?

I didn't have a disclaimer on my copy either, but I suspect it might have been about the gay porn clip.

Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2020, 03:02:33 PM »
I didn't have a disclaimer on my copy either, but I suspect it might have been about the gay porn clip.

on HBO isnt it? all par for the course.

wish i had been in the production meeting where it was decided that the second episode would be about scaffolding.

Mobius

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2020, 06:54:40 PM »
Does anyone have episode 2 please? This torrent won't fucking move.

PlanktonSideburns

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2020, 10:44:23 PM »
did you get it? dm if not

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2020, 11:13:09 AM »
"How To Improve Your Memory". It surely took some strange direction while at the Mandela Effect conference.

PlanktonSideburns

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2020, 10:19:01 PM »
Liked this lots

Liked how in ep 1 he chased down that lonely guy with nothing to say, and showed all of their akward chat

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2020, 07:46:58 AM »
"How To Improve Your Memory". It surely took some strange direction while at the Mandela Effect conference.

I've enjoyed the first two episodes but that third one was properly great. Really funny and veering in fun ways to weird discussions and characters. The matching up of images to his voice-over towards the start was hilarious, as was his "Memory Palace". Very much on board with this show now.

Ja'moke

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2020, 10:30:31 PM »
Just caught up with the second episode. This show is so beautifully put together.

Ja'moke

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #20 on: November 12, 2020, 12:11:58 AM »
I've watched the third episode as well now. Wow. Definitely the best so far. It has that same appeal as a Nathan For You of finding these unusual characters and then just going with it and seeing where it takes the story. The whole Mandela Effect portion was insane.

Mobius

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2020, 08:44:51 PM »
Where'd you get episode 3? For the second week in a row I am having no luck with this torrent :(

PlanktonSideburns

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2020, 01:36:10 PM »
still looking mobius? might have found one

pm if needed

Mobius

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #23 on: November 13, 2020, 06:56:54 PM »
I got it, thanks though :)

Brilliant episode that.

PlanktonSideburns

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2020, 09:13:16 PM »
the is the internet made of crystals? then i have no further questions bit was amazing

he seems to have an amazing collection of footage, - has he just been filming everything for years? beginning to want to know more about him as an artist

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #25 on: November 14, 2020, 10:12:09 PM »
Episode 4 is basically made of very disjointed segments with some unifying thread, but it gets more and more insane in a casual but beautiful way.

Moribunderast

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #26 on: November 15, 2020, 11:16:38 AM »
Episode 4 is basically made of very disjointed segments with some unifying thread, but it gets more and more insane in a casual but beautiful way.

The abrupt turns this show can take, while still keeping vaguely within the theme, are quite thrilling. Genuinely unpredictable comedy. The way he utilises his seemingly endless array of footage is wonderful. It’s such a unique show but it’s reminding me of Nathan For You and even PFFR and Jon Glaser stuff just for how strange it can get at a moment’s notice without coming across as try-hard or wacky. There’s a real voice behind it.

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2020, 06:17:31 PM »
Third episode is the best thing I've watched in ages, and I also really enjoyed the Scaffolding one. Didn't enjoy the first nearly as much, but glad I continued.

Like Nathan For You I find the sense of it being borderline exploitative difficult to completely ignore, though easy to rationalise against. But it also lands so much better when the subjects are to some extent in on the joke, or happy to indulge him, as with the Mandela effect conference organiser.

Ja'moke

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #28 on: November 16, 2020, 01:00:24 PM »
he seems to have an amazing collection of footage, - has he just been filming everything for years? beginning to want to know more about him as an artist

Based on his (seemingly real) journals documenting everything he does for every day of his life for the past however many years, it wouldn't surprise me if he has years worth of film too.

Ja'moke

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Re: How To With John Wilson
« Reply #29 on: November 16, 2020, 09:59:36 PM »
Episode 4 is basically made of very disjointed segments with some unifying thread, but it gets more and more insane in a casual but beautiful way.

Just watched. I had to look up to see if the TLC tugger was actually real because it seemed so insane. It's real.

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