My February Netflix post was going to be a very humdrum whinge about how moving house and having no WiFi had conspired to rob me of the next season of House of Cards. Then someone had the inspired idea of inviting myself and a gang from the Netflix StreamTeam to London for a day of drinks, pampering, drinks and a few more drinks to celebrate the premier of the new Netflix Show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. So, assuming that no-one really wants to see my slightly blurry photos of London, hear about a lovely day away from the kids, work and reality, or even see my now-chipped-but-once-lovely manicure, I’ve decided to tell you 10 things I have in common with Kimmy Schmidt the new Netflix funny-girl of the moment.
- Emerging after years hidden underground with a religious cult Kimmy is shocked to find the apocalypse never happened and life up top has continued without her. I went out on Saturday night and felt much the same.
- Kimmy emerges from her bunker in pretty good physical condition, with very glossy hair and very nice makeup. I often look like I’ve come out from an underground lair, have very shiny hair (especially on days when I don’t get to wash it) and apparently still own some makeup.
- Kimmy meets all sorts of weirdos on her first night in New York. Last week I had a twenty minute chat with a Dublin taxi-driver about the City’s BDSM scene *.
- Kimmy lives with a signing dancing wannabe-chorus signer who is obsessed with The Lion King. Change the soundtrack to Frozen, and that is my life.
- As a nanny to a Manhattan family, Kimmy answers to two snotty posh kids and a high maintenance mother. As a Dublin mother I answer to three snotty-nosed high maintenance kids.
- Kimmy is terrified of anyone finding out about her past as a ‘mole woman’. I’m terrified about my kids finding the photo albums for the nineties and naughties all of which feature booze, cigarettes and plenty of cleavage. The day those albums are discovered I lose all moral authority.
- Kimmy dresses like a child. The fact that my kids laugh when I ‘make an effort’ (read ‘wear something other than jeans’) suggests I too, have a problem dressing my age.
- Kimmy never returned her library books before heading into the bunker. Dublin City Library may yet erect a plaque in my name. I am their most generous benefactor.
- Kimmy needs a friend to talk to. I haven’t finished a sentence in about 5 years. No-one has noticed.
- Kimmy has an endlessly sunny disposition. With wine, I too am a very positive person.
* there is a current-affair context for this conversation. I swear it.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt launched on Netflix on 6 March and is available to stream. It’s a funny New York based sitcom starring Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, who fresh from life in a religious cult, comes to live in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of way-past-due library books, she’s ready to take on a world she didn’t even think existed anymore. Wide-eyed but resilient, nothing is going to stand in her way. She quickly finds a new job (working for 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski), a new roommate (Tituss Burgess – 30 Rock), and a new beginning.
Here’s a clip. Enjoy!
As a member of the Netflix Stream Team I have been given, free of charge, an Apple TV and a year-long subscription to the Netflix streaming service, for the purposes of monthly Netflix updates. I also get occasional and very nice treats like a day trip to London and all that booze. At all times the opinions given are independent and my own.