This episode was based entirely on a joke that had my brother-in-law and myself laughing so hard that tears were streaming down our faces. That’s it really.
However, there are several themes that keep reasserting themselves in episodes of Victorian Cut-out Theatre and “how people make their livings” is certainly one of them. I hate being asked what I do because it’s such a lazy question. It’s a shorthand meant to make things easier at social gatherings but it’s just not that interesting. Back when I served under the yoke of retail, no one wanted to hear what it was like pulling freight or arranging bras for six hours. Although, if my job was to strangle livestock with my bare hands, that might be a horse of a different color.
I had a friend whose brother used to prefer to ask people “how they spend their time”. Apparently it’s a European thing. I like that question better because it lets me bypass the uninteresting stuff and reveal the stuff I’m passionate about. I’ve tried it, it works. You should too!
This is one of those episodes that is all talk, much like the first episode. The “reveal” or punchline really isn’t even that big. For me, the meat and potatoes of the joke comes from this guy explaining the ins and outs of such a weird and awful job. As much as I adore the visuals of flying trolls and dildo machines, I really enjoy episodes like this where it is simply a discussion. I don’t know, what do you guys think?