Crashing: A Delightfully Dirty British Comedy

The Cast of Crashing: From Left – Adrian Scarborough (Colin), Julie Dray (Melody), Jonathan Bailey (Sam), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Lulu),
Damien Molony (Anthony), Kate (Louise Ford) and Amit Shah (Fred)   
/via Channel 4

I’ve really been into British comedy lately. I think the humor and sarcasm that comes out of these shows is way better than the American versions. My latest show to binge on is Crashing. A new comedy series following the lives of six 20 and 30-somethings living together as property guardians of a large, disused hospital because London residential rates are crazy expensive. This sort of sitcom always seems to do well. Get a small number of interesting young people in a common setting like an office, a bar or in this case a hospital and see the comedic drama unfold.

Chewing Gum's Susan Wokoma as Jessica /via IMDB

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Lulu /via Channel 4

The main stars include Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge who plays Lulu. She’s the messed up friend who will always leave everyone screaming “Get your sh*t together man!” It’s also prudent to point out that she’s also the creator and writer of the show. Sam (Jonathan Bailey) is the sex crazed friend. Mostly because he’s still deep in the closet and is overcompensating with his ‘interest’ in girls. Kate (Louise Ford) is a stuck up perfectionist who’s only weird flaw is getting off on men who cry during sex.

Amit Shah (Fred) and Jonathan Bailey (Sam) /via IMDB

Crashing isn’t the most smartly written show but it’s an enjoyable one to watch nonetheless. The best thing about the characters is the real world feel they portray. They’re not all beautiful, rich, transcendental characters that no one can relate to. They’re normal, mostly broke, messed-up individuals that the majority of us will be able to empathize with.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Lulu) and Damien Molony (Anthony) /via Channel 4

If you love comedy, I would advice giving this a try. It blends in both serious topics and humor very well and only runs for about 20 minutes. There’re also only 6 episodes so you don’t have to worry about investing a whole lot of time into the show.    

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