Now I am a huge fan of the BBC in all it’s shapes and form, the majority of the it’s output seeming to hit its mark with the people who it’s aimed at, but after watching BBC3 for an hour tonight I cannot see who two of their programmes are aimed at.
First of all
Laughtershock, and this is the TV guide synopsis, 14 hot new stand ups, featuring live comedy mixed with pre-filmed sketches performed by the cast and screened at the gig.
I sat through this thinking I’m sure it will get better soon, well it didn’t. It raised one smile out of me, this was Joe Lycett, who a lovely person on twitter sent me a YouTube video of, and after watching I have since discovered he is very funny. As for the rest, well I have never been so bored in my life.
If this is really what the next troupe of comedians is going to be then I seriously worry for the next 5 years of comedy. There are plenty of comedians who have worked very hard for several years and deserve their own television series to reach a wider audience. Robin Ince, Richard Herring, Lucy Ported, Andrew Maxwell, and many, many more.
New comedy should be nurtured and allowed to grown, not shoved straight into a series, seemingly not having been seen by anyone before they put it on air. If you look at some of the biggest comedies of recent years you see the trend of lots of live shows, and radio series’ before moving onto a television series. The Mighty Boosh did many live shows before finally gaining a radio series which then moved on to a highly succesful BBC3 series. Little Britain was created by David Walliams and Matt Lucas, these two having made their names writing for other, as well as their own low-budget television and radio series’, before moving onto BBC3 in their highly succesful show, which then managed to make the move to BBC1.
New comedy does deserve to be seen, but not by the mass audience but by the few. The only way you can learn if things work is by showing it to the few, and gaining the skills to take it to the many. Maybe these people could be good, but don’t shove them in the limelight to gain these skills, let them grow on their own and see what does and doesn’t work.
Now I’m sure that I’m not the only one who’s abused this programme, but I feel I have to.
Snog, Marry, Avoid? (BBC3) Now the premise of the show is a good one, showing people that beauty is only skin deep and all that stuff that we here on Gok Wan, but obviously this is aimed at younger audiences so it’s more orange.
I’d like to say that there aren’t many people like those who take part in this programme, but ashamedly we all know people like this. That doesn’t mean these people need a programme of their own to make them feel even more as if they are the better ones than us pale people. I want to see a programme about average people, being told they look nice, with no mention of vacuous people putting inches of makeup on and pruning themselves for hours in the mirror.
We’re all beautiful people, especially if you read this blog, and it’s just a case of natural selection when these people die out and we carry on and take this world into the smart and interesting world it should be. Soon my friends, all we will watch will be programmes like Wonders of The Solar System, and then we shall be happy!
Thank you, and goodnight.