It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom………sorry, got a bit carried away there.
I’ve just tried to sit through ‘Episode 5’ of BBC’s ‘Mock The Week’ and I wish I hadn’t; I think the word ‘episode’ is quite appropriate in relation to the show because I now quite fancy having a good old spaz convulsion on the floor having watched it. Foaming at the mouth, shouting obscene words like CUNT and VAG; spaz convulsion.
The show is clearly heavily prompted/scripted and edited to give the impression that the show is actually a witty feast performed by comedians who are at the cutting edge of stand up comedy.
Occasionally you can see Hugh Dennis glaring anxiously at the young guest comedian to make sure they’re setting him up for the big laugh, it’s so obvious!!!! It doesn’t help that I have a bit of inside info on Mr Dennis either; the man is clearly a bit of a control freak and it shows in his comedy. He’s starting to look like the sort of Uncle your mum would never leave you in a room with whilst on your own?
The ‘current affairs panel comedy’ format is so lazy and I’m pained to see that they are still so popular. ‘Have I Got News For You’ was probably the last bastion in the genre; I find ‘QI’, ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘8 out of 10 Cats’ almost as appealing as being forced to do a line of Jade Goody’s ashes up ones nose on a night out with Kerry Katona around Croydon town.
What surprises me most is that the average person genuinely thinks ‘Mock the Week’ is hilarious??!? Why!?!??! The laughter in an episode of Scooby Doo is probably less canned!?!