Amy Schumer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Grey Gardens round up this week's "Get Tonk'd" obsessions.

Amy Schumer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine & Grey Gardens round up this week's "Get Tonk'd" obsessions!

Amy Schumer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Grey Gardens round up this week's "Get Tonk'd" obsessions.

Amy Schumer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine & Grey Gardens round up this week's "Get Tonk'd" obsessions!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

So after a super-cool four days away in Wales in a service-less, wifi-less, hostel in the middle of nowhere in which I spent my time playing beer pong, and wake up literal seconds before night fell once more, I have finally made it back to the the land of the living.

It's been a productive week of back-to-reality ("oohp, there goes's gravity") acclimatisation. Theatre, auditions, healthy eating and...ACTUALLY GOING TO THE GYM?!! Whaaaat? I know, I was a shocked as all two of you.

Anyway, it's the end of the first proper week in January, so I thought I'd post what I've been obsessed with this week!

1) AMY SCHUMER

    2015 seemed to be the year of Schumer, so I'm kinda late to the party...but better late than never! In the past week I've hunted down practically all of her stand-up on YouTube, watched all the clips from the TV show 'Inside Amy Schumer' and rented her movie (wot she wrote) 'Trainwreck'.  Schumer's comedy is raw and current and oh-so-relatable, so it's really lovely to see her getting recognised for her work. I especially enjoyed watching The Hollywood Reporter's Writer Oscar Roundtable. The writers include Amy Schumer ('Trainwreck'), Aaron Sorkin ('Steve Jobs'), Emma Donoghue ('Room'), Tom McCarthy ('Spotlight'), Meg LeFauve ('Inside Out') and Nick Hornby ('Brooklyn'). It's really great watch if you have a spare hour.

 

 

2) Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back on Netflix!

    For those of you that don't know, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" is a single-camera comedy vehicle for SNL's Andy Samberg, about Jake Peralta (Samberg) and his team of detectives at the NYPD. Samberg has been a fave of mine since he teamed up with Justin Timberlake on the skit 'Dick in a Box', with his boyish and immature, but utterly charming sense of humour. "Nine-Nine" is just the same, except here he is backed up by a terrific supporting cast, each with their own specific traits and foibles. It's harmless, easy-viewing and perfect for those bitter January evenings in.

 

3) Grey Gardens

     "Grey Gardens" had been dancing around in my periphery for quite sometime; a snatch-game impersonation by Jinx Monsoon in "RuPaul's Drag Race", an impression in Ryan Murphy's (sadly cancelled) "The New Normal", a 2009 movie with two of my faves, Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore, even a musical... But I still didn't know what "Grey Gardens" was!

     All that changed this week.

     "Grey Gardens" is a 1975 documentary film by Albert and David Maysles, about the lives of mother-daughter combo, Edith Beale. Nicknamed "Little Edie" and "Big Edie", the film depicts the everyday lives of these two, isolated women in their run-down, animal-infested, East Hampton mansion, "Grey Gardens".

     It truly is one of the most bonkers things I have ever seen.. Like totally nuts! The Edies are aunt and first cousin to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former First Lady of the Untied States of America... and yet they live in utter squalor.

     The film showcases the tragically beautiful lives of these woman as they fight and reconcile, look through countless old photos, sing, dance and reminisce about the lives they used to live. It's a must watch, if only for Little Edie's now iconic sense of style!

     The musical adaptation of "Grey Gardens" is currently playing at the Southwark Playhouse, starring Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell as Big Edie and Little Edie respectively. It runs from 2 Jan - 6 Feb 2016 and tickets can be purchased here.        

 

BONUS RE-OBSESSION!

4) Dawson's Creek! 

    I. was. obsessed. with. this. show! For those of you that know me, I am a sucker for 90's nostalgia and "Dawson's Creek", secondly only to The Greatest Show On Television (Fact!) "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", kinda epitomises that for me... so I'm just gonna leave these iconic, Season 1 opening credits right here. Doo doo doo doo doo! 

    

    p.s. I might start re-watching and post my 2016 perspective on the near-20 year old show!!! Watch this space...

 

    Have a fun week! JT x