Tomorrow, Amazon continues its commitment to Australian content with new sketch The Moth Effect.
The Moth Effect is described by Amazon as “a sketch show that goes above the news cycle.” The experimental show condenses current meaty issue, zeitgeisty vibes and cultural catastrophes into quality, high production-value universal comedy.
The first two episodes, which were offered for review, run 18 minutes apiece and feature a range of skits. These include: Jen and Berry’s, a beloved ice cream company led by CEO Kate Box, want to find a way to get their products behind something; and 80s inspired TV show Time Knight sees a superhero want to change the course of history.
Meanwhile, episode 2 had me cackling with angry environmentalist Sir David Attenborough “flip his biscuits” and go on a globe-trotting rampage. Adding to the fun is Q-Eyed old-fashioned academic Ted (Bryan Brown) who gets Q-Anon to give him a stylish, modern rebrand.
Nick Boshier and Jazz Twemlow’s writing takes no holds barred approach and it’s refreshing to see them do it different comedy styles. The duo have managed something quite fun here with an impressive guest list that includes David Wenham, Jack Thompson, Miranda Otto, Ben Lawson, Peter O’Brien, Miranda Tapsell, and Mark Humphries, just to name a few.
The Moth Effect is a risk but the first two episodes show that sketch comedy can work and I can’t wait to see more.
The Moth Effect airs weekly from Friday 30 July on Amazon Prime Video.