Spotlight on Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

It took years, but Spaced, the greatest sitcom ever, has finally been released in the US.  This masterpiece from the trio +1 of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) and Jessica Stevenson (now Hynes) is probably the most geek friendly show of all time.  Imagine what Friends would be like if the characters played Resident Evil and Paintball instead of hanging around a coffee shop all the time, and if all the direction referenced some other piece of pop culture history.

The show lasted two seasons on the BBC before Wright, Pegg and Frost moved on to produce two of the greatest comedic films since Monty Python split up.  Shaun of the Dead is their tribute to zombie films, and contains one of the best punchlines ever to appear in a horror film (namely that the presence of zombies doesn’t change anything).

This was followed with their skewed take on cop movies, Hot Fuzz, which I rank as the best comedy of the decade, I truly cannot remember a time I’ve laughed harder than during my first viewing of this, and it’s one of the few comedys that doesn’t diminish in the slightest upon repeated viewings.

As of now the group has split up temporarily to work on other projects, with Pegg appearing in a few American films (including the upcoming Star Trek revival) , Frost working on the BBC show Hyperdrive, and Wright working on a couple comic adaptations (Ant-Man, Scott Pilgrim).  But I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of this collaboration, especially since Pegg and Frost are currently working on a screenplay together.

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One Comment on “Spotlight on Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost”

  1. I love that show, too! We just finished rewatching the whole thing, though not with all the commentary yet… that could take a while. Thank goodness for the (illicit) Internet, or we Americans might never have known Spaced’s wonderfulness!

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