Listen: Patty Jenkins on Why 1984 Was the Perfect Year

Variety | 7/8/2019 | Michael Schneider
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Patty Jenkins is now known as the director behind celebrated films “Monster” and “Wonder Woman,” as well as the recent gritty TNT limited drama series “I Am the Night.” But her first passion is comedy — and in particular, surreal, absurdist comedy.

“A lot of my friends who I’d known in the comedy world, in the ’90s, in New York, were shocked [after ‘Monster’ was released],” she told Variety‘s “My Favorite Episode” podcast. “They were sort of like, ‘we all thought you were, like, a comedy person — what happened?'”

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Jenkins said she’s been obsessed with comedy since listening repeatedly to Steve Martin’s “Wild and Crazy Guy” album. “There was something about edgy, interesting comedy that always has really delighted me and caught my imagination,” she said. “I always was, all through my youth, going out of my way to find kind of underground, comedic things.”

As she entered the hardcore scene in the 1980s, Jenkins also gravitated toward “The Young Ones,” a British sitcom that aired in the U.S. on MTV (and was, in fact, the first scripted series on that network).

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Jenkins joined “My Favorite Episode” to discuss her love of alternative comedy, which included other British series including “Absolutely Fabulous,” and also her fascination with the year 1984 — which happens to be the setting for her new “Wonder Woman” sequel. Listen below.

Jenkins’ pick for favorite episode is “Summer Holiday,” the series finale of “The Young Ones,” a surrealistic British sitcom that ran for 12 episodes between 1982 and 1984. Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer wrote the episode, while Paul Jackson and Ed Bye directed.

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