Peaches Prattlings

{January 8, 2021}   Yearly Departed

I just watched Yearly Departed. Non-stop laughter. That’s really all I have to say. Come on, you know me, do you think that’s all I have to say? Ha to the Ha!

This was a fabulous watch on Amazon Prime, it’s included with Prime, not sure how much it is if you don’t have an account, but if you do, oh please watch this! The description ‘Comedy special features eulogies for the year 2020 with a line-up of all-women comedians discussing everything from casual sex to beige Band-Aids and everything in between that we’ve “lost” in 2020.’

I’ve seen it advertised and watched the trailer and couldn’t stop laughing through the trailer and I can tell you that the funny parts were not only in the trailer, which is how it happens many times. How can you not laugh when it starts with ‘2020 was a triflin’ ho’! It takes place in a funeral home, opening as if it’s a true funeral, the set up, the costumes, the mourners, the funerary urn with 2020 on it.

The cast was amazing, all female, except for the funeral director, Rick Overton, he’s not credited in the cast and Sterling K. Brown, his job was to lie on the floor and look good. There are a few other cast members not credited, Cathy Chang is one, who works at the funeral parlor and has some great reactions, but I’m still trying to figure out who the rest are!!

The funeral is hosted by Phoebe Robinson, giving a great eulogy and talking to us about what we’ve lost, she also has some great lines between each speaker. She introduces Tiffany Haddish, who eulogizes about Casual Sex, moving and hysterical. Next is Natasha Rothwell, who bid farewell to TV Cops, apologizing to recent theater school workers, who missed their opportunity to be an extra on tv! Then Rachel Brosnahan, who bid farewell to Pants, with a great ending, possibly uncomfortable, to her eulogy! As the ‘dark spirit’ was lifting, Patti Harrison cried over the loss Rich Girl Instagram Influencers, harsh, but awesomely funny and on point.

Natasha Leggero lamented about Having Any More Children, ‘she didn’t have children to teach it, she had a baby to get likes on Instagram, just like everybody else!’ Ziwe Fumudoh, bid farewell to Beige Band Aids. And we finished with Sarah Silverman to Making America Great Again with a bang, ouch!

The dialog was funny and poignant and biting. The reactions were great, there were random people in the funeral parlor at different times, the main cast was static, but everyone else was here and there. There is also a surprise at the end, someone else not credit, but you’ll know who she is. The very end, during this special performance, singing Sarah McLaughlin’s I will Remember You, there is a screen rolling with all the things we have said goodbye to and will remember

Watch the credits to see how they shot the special while definitely keeping socially distant. A lot of greenscreen happening, which leads to interesting reactions, since the actors don’t always know what’s going on, someone has to tell them how to react or what they are seeing so they can figure out what they should do. For this editing, I thought they did a great job, you couldn’t tell, and I definitely look for that.

Overall, I thought this was a great treat and testament to what we went through, are going through and that what we really need, is to laugh.

[Parental Advisory [No this is not parental advisory warning week!]…if you are offended by bad language, you have been advised.]


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