Corporate - Review
Corporate – Comedy Central
Corporate has quickly become one of my favorite shows. Its dark, cynical and nihilistic style of comedy is a refreshing change of pace from all the other happy-go-lucky comedies on TV. Sometimes things are funny because we identify with the misery that it brings us. It’s the perfect show for the modern era where everything seems boring and just getting through the day brings us joy. Is that too depressing? Well Corporate will find a way to make you laugh at it.
The key difference between Corporate and The Office is the style of humor. Not just light verses dark humor, but relatability. The Office is mostly funny because it’s lovable. Kevin will fall and get hurt because he’s fat. Corporate will try to share painkillers from an injured co-worker. Jim and Pam will fall in love because they “like each other.” Corporate finds love because it’s the closet person to their desk (much like Jim and Pam too). I’m not ripping on The Office. It’s also a great show, I’m just showing the differences in approach to certain subjects.
The Office is also more universally loved because more age groups can identify or have fun with the various characters. Corporate is definitely more geared towards the late-20s / early-30s crowd. This is the age where you discover that you no longer have dreams and aspirations and instead focus on just making a living. Once you hit that point in life, your priorities change and your outlook on life shifts from “anything is possible” to “stick to what you know.”
The show does a great job of pinpointing what would otherwise be unnoticed work and life topics and finds the perfect way to bring it into the forefront and make fun of it. In a recent episode, Matt’s old college buddy comes into town and wants to hang out and some other co-workers invite him to go to a late-night concert. Matt tries to prove that he is still fun. But when Matt finds out that the concert starts at 1am, the whole idea seems absolutely painful. Which is definitely how I feel about late nights now. I don’t know how you kids do it.
If you’re looking for a new comedy that does new comedy, I strongly recommend checking out Corporate. You probably have to have a dark sense of humor to enjoy it, but it will absolutely bring you joy if you think you’re the only one going through a terrible time at work.