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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.

Vendor - 28 Oct 2018 15:55:46 (#221 of 365)

Anything with Ellie Taylor is a highlight, to be fair.

Verdigris - 28 Oct 2018 16:04:37 (#222 of 365)

The news reports are the best bits.

I had to go for a pee when one of them was on. It seemed to be getting the best laughs. I suppose I'll have to i-player to find out.

ChankNolen - 30 Oct 2018 10:25:40 (#223 of 365)

Uneven, to say the least. I normally like the Rachel Parrish bits but the back and forth with Nish really didn't work this time and the section with the Irish comedienne talking about immigration was painfully crap.

uranrising - 30 Oct 2018 11:10:36 (#224 of 365)

I agree about the Parris (!) bits. She was better when coming out with her afterthought punchlines in a semi-mutter.

frantastic - 30 Oct 2018 20:30:59 (#225 of 365)

"Woman who received dick pic still laughing."

Ebadlun - 15 Nov 2018 00:15:36 (#226 of 365)

Is it me or is it a bit more polemical this series?

Which I welcome, my abiding dislike of UK satire (vs the US version) is that's it's all about cheap laughs rather than actually calling out wrongness.

GyratingTrampoline - 15 Nov 2018 08:43:08 (#227 of 365)

When it was just a satirical news website I didn't notice any political slant at all.

I too am very happy to see left wing ideas being forcefully expressed on the telly for once. Hasn't been anything comparable since Mark Thomas who was also not particularly funny.

Ebadlun - 15 Nov 2018 09:47:45 (#228 of 365)

Also Rory Bremner, but there was always something rather insufferable about him.

SheikYerbouti - 15 Nov 2018 09:52:08 (#229 of 365)

The less 'calling out' the better in all walks of life.

GyratingTrampoline - 15 Nov 2018 12:54:44 (#230 of 365)

It's it the specific terminology "calling out" that you don't like? Or are you calling out the underlying meaning?

SheikYerbouti - 15 Nov 2018 13:06:14 (#231 of 365)

Picking people up on bad behaviour is a legitimate enterprise. 'Calling out' sits alongside worrying about 'optics' and the weaselly construction 'could be seen as' as a trend to eliminate all nuance or context in conversation or on social media. I find it depressing.

Ebadlun - 15 Nov 2018 13:33:34 (#232 of 365)

So what's the line between 'picking up on' and 'calling out'?

GyratingTrampoline - 15 Nov 2018 13:35:44 (#233 of 365)

I avoid the term "call out" myself because it sounds a bit twee, but when I hear others use it I assume it just means saying that something is shit for progressive or leftwing reasons.

Arjuna - 15 Nov 2018 13:50:36 (#234 of 365)

To my ears 'calling out' sounds judgmental, 'picking up on' sounds like an argument is being constructed.

moto748 - 15 Nov 2018 14:43:00 (#235 of 365)

Which was Sheik's point, I guess.

moto748 - 08 Dec 2018 14:53:56 (#236 of 365)

I've generally been enjoying this, but this week's seemed a bit flat and below par. Especially if it's the last of the series. Good work at the grinning goons at food banks, though.

xbod72 - 08 Dec 2018 15:14:09 (#237 of 365)

I didn't see all of it but I liked that they had the quote from a teacher talking about children being sickly through poverty and not making a joke about it because - as they intimated - it's just too shitty a thing to be happening.

xbod72 - 12 Sep 2019 22:20:02 (#238 of 365)

Stewart Lee once said something on stage to applause and then he said something like "yes, that's right! You'll go home and people will ask you if the show was funny and you'll go 'no, but I agreed the fuck out of it'."

That's kind of my feeling about it most of the time. I just get a mild pleasure out of people I don't like being lambasted but I don't laugh much.

TRaney - 12 Sep 2019 22:23:16 (#239 of 365)

Yeah they seem to put the opinion first then tack on the humour instead of the other way round.

xbod72 - 12 Sep 2019 22:25:47 (#240 of 365)

I quite liked "Pound drops to one Nectar point". Those snappy headlines are the best bits usually, in my opinion.

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