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Started by xbod72 on Jul 20, 2017 5:11:16 PM
The Mash Report - BBC2's new topical comedy show.

Starting tonight. It has writers from the UK's Onion-like website, The Daily Mash. Please let it be funny.

MorrisMitchener - 07 Aug 2017 00:39:19 (#101 of 327)

Child's Drawing Nowhere Near Good Enough For Expensive New Fridge.

See, when the show is being Daily Mash-y its quite funny. When its just copying The Day Today and The Revolution Will Be Televised its crap.

xbod72 - 17 Aug 2017 22:31:33 (#102 of 327)

That Londoners don't cheerily greet each other and find it alienating when it happens is a timeworn observation and yet I quite enjoyed their rendering of it.

xbod72 - 17 Aug 2017 22:31:55 (#103 of 327)

I must have accidentally missed last week's.

Verdigris - 17 Aug 2017 22:33:04 (#104 of 327)

It was replaced by people showing-off in their pants.

Verdigris - 17 Aug 2017 22:33:38 (#105 of 327)

As was every other programme I wanted to watch for a fortnight.

xbod72 - 17 Aug 2017 22:41:20 (#106 of 327)

Ah! Of course!

MorrisMitchener - 17 Aug 2017 23:52:05 (#107 of 327)

The attacks on Trump were very good. Comedy writers. Possibly the only people in the world enjoying and benifitting from the Trump presidency.

xbod72 - 24 Aug 2017 16:05:48 (#108 of 327)

The Guardian TV festival has kicked off and there's a discussion on satire with Kumar on the panel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnFJtJaOXlk

frantastic - 24 Aug 2017 19:27:30 (#109 of 327)

Is it only on every other week? Or is this another "...except for viewers in Scotland..." moment?

xbod72 - 24 Aug 2017 21:01:37 (#110 of 327)

It's not on down here either. Odd.

frantastic - 25 Aug 2017 00:19:58 (#111 of 327)

Maybe no news worth satirising this week.

Ebadlun - 25 Aug 2017 00:21:04 (#112 of 327)

August would appear to be in inauspicious month to run a political satire show, what with there being no politics.

TRaney - 25 Aug 2017 00:25:10 (#113 of 327)

I watched a couple of episodes i recorded. It seems to have improved slightly. The text in woman is the best. But overall it is too arch, like it lacks the courage of it's convictions. The best American equivalents have a seriousness at the heart of what they do.

Ebadlun - 25 Aug 2017 00:31:54 (#114 of 327)

I agree, those Americans (Maher, Oliver*, Noah*, Colbert, Stewart back in the day), have a real moral purpose.

I think Kumar does too, but it's not quite coming through yet.

Ironically, Mark Thomas and Rory Bremner got themselves furious in the late 90s/early noughties, when, pre-Iraq, there wasn't really that much to complain about.

Merton is resolutely apolitical, Hislop only complains about things that are 'a bit off', not underlying structural inequalities.

* yeah, but he lives there

xbod72 - 05 Jan 2018 23:39:08 (#115 of 327)

What happened to this? It didn't seem like it had a full series. I hope they didn't axe it. A common complaint about modern TV is they just don't give shows (particularly comedy ones) the chance to find their feet these days. This had some promise so they should have let it have a proper run. But maybe they did and I just lost it in the schedules.

carterbrandon - 05 Jan 2018 23:41:26 (#116 of 327)

I could have sworn it was a series split in half like the current Star Trek, but the second half, which I believe was easily due now, seems to have gone into limbo.

carterbrandon - 05 Jan 2018 23:42:34 (#117 of 327)

Googled it. Back on 18th Jan.

MorrisMitchener - 06 Jan 2018 01:19:04 (#118 of 327)

Nish Kumar very good fun on the recent series of Taskmaster so Ive definitely come round to him a bit. Worth watching this, think it has potential.

Ebadlun - 06 Jan 2018 01:56:25 (#119 of 327)

It was definitely starting to find its feet, 4 shows was a ridiculously short run.

whitbreadtrophy - 06 Jan 2018 13:04:39 (#120 of 327)

I agree, those Americans (Maher, Oliver*, Noah*, Colbert, Stewart back in the day), have a real moral purpose.

I liked a lot of it but it was seriously flawed for all the reasons stated. For me the worst aspect was the inclusion of Geoff Norcott. There is perhaps room for a comedian who isn't obviously left/liberal but Norcott is a) not a very good stand-up and b) appears to have an entire schtick which says "Hey look! I'm a Tory comedian. That's right, a Tory voter here in the metropolitan elite world of of modern stand-up!". This would have had some currency 25 years ago but in an age of tax-avoiding Comedy Store veterans appearing in commercials for banks it really is a non-issue.

If they want a properly contrarian viewpoint then maybe they should book someone like Simon Evans (who can do funny) or maybe Bob Mills.

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