How To with John Wilson (HBO)

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  1. Tony_T

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    How To with John Wilson

    Read about this in the NYT (haven’t seen any promo’s)
    Kinda interesting and funny docuseries.

    John Wilson attempts to give advice while dealing with his own personal issues. The 25-minute episodes, framed as tutorials and filmed mainly on the streets of New York City, cover topics from small talk to scaffolding. While each episode initially focuses on its title topic, in the course of his investigation, Wilson meets people and strikes up conversations that lead in unpredictable directions. For example, an episode titled "How to Improve Your Memory" ends up featuring a conference on the Mandela effect in Ketchum, Idaho
     
  2. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

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    My dad recommended it to me and I found it ok, somewhat enjoyed the low budget aspect of it, but something in the 3 episodes I watched didn't quite click, I will watch all 6.
    In many ways I keep comparing it to a "normal people" World According to Jeff Goldblum without Goldblum's charm.
     
  3. Steveknj

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    I'm enjoying. It's just kind of different and John just kind of tells the story as if he's just having a conversation with you.
     
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  4. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

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    Someone mentioned this show in a thread over in Happy Hour, and I'm enjoying it.

    The fourth episode, "How to Cover Your Furniture"...
    had a lot more male nudity than I was expecting from an episode titled "How to Cover Your Furniture"!
     
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    I like it. The word “journey” is so overused now in so many different contexts, but in this case this show really is a journey that you didn’t even know you were going to take. Every episode start out innocently enough, and it goes off in really crazy ways yet somehow stays connected to what sounded like a boring topic.
     
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  6. Tony_T

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    What’s boring about scaffolding? ;)
     
  7. mlsnyc

    mlsnyc Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Not any more boring than small talk or furniture! :D
     
  8. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

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    Definitely don't go by the episode titles and think...hey, what's interesting about that? A journey is a good description.
     
  9. kaszeta

    kaszeta $nullstring TCF Club

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    I'm kind of enjoying it.

    A lot of my coworkers are watching it, simply since two of my coworkers are named... John Wilson. One of whom is a lot like the show's John Wilson.
     
  10. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

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    Sherman...
    There was a local news reporter/anchor in Tampa by that name. Looks like he retired in 2014.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. Tony_T

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    S1 Finale
    Risotto (hot wet rice)
    Reminded me of:
     
  12. mlsnyc

    mlsnyc Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Finished the season by watching "How to Split a Check" and "How to Cook the Perfect Risotto". So many good moments in both of those and all the season's episodes.

    The finale sure went off on a surreal tangent, starting with him wanting to return his landlady's generousness by learning to cook risotto all the way to the beginnings of the pandemic. I kept thinking the whole time how the episode was a real extreme version of the "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" books.
     
  13. Steveknj

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    I had EXACTLY the same thought watching this. The tie ins feel very much like those books. I thought they were fun, and even a bit though provoking. I hope John does more episodes at some point.
     
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  14. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

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    Sherman...
    If you liked "How To with John Wilson" and the Comedy Central show "Nathan for You," then this behind-the-scenes video is for you:

     
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  15. Tony_T

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    Looks like Nathan has a cult (limits their calorie intake to 1500/day, tells them that at 18 they don't need to talk to their parents. Kid says: its his house so the kids have no choice but to follow his rules)
     

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