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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.

ChankNolen - 03 Aug 2017 22:56:37 (#81 of 365)

23 years since The Day Today first aired.

Just saying.

Ebadlun - 03 Aug 2017 22:57:19 (#82 of 365)

Different thing though, not really satire (except to satirise the news media itself).

Ebadlun - 03 Aug 2017 23:14:47 (#83 of 365)

Enjoying it this week, QI elf doing a good John Hodgman.

xbod72 - 03 Aug 2017 23:16:14 (#84 of 365)

TDT did sometimes do stuff more related to reality, such as Coogan sucking on a helium balloon as an IRA member so that his voice could be broadcast and a lot of Mash stories are not related to world events such as the "bee says flower was begging for it" story. It's not a clean-cut divide.

Ebadlun - 03 Aug 2017 23:36:53 (#85 of 365)

I think it's really found its feet and started to feel like the website.

No really informative John Oliver-type factifying (as they did for a bit last week with Trump's support). I would like to see that more.

I'm preferring John Oliver these days over the Daily Show, even if he does go overboard milking the gags, just because he's really on a mission to inform, and dig dirt on how the US really operates.

champagnerocker - 03 Aug 2017 23:41:20 (#86 of 365)

I have always liked the website. I watched the start of the first episode on iplayer.

The first story was along the lines of "Boris Johnson is a posh moron with daft hair" to which the audience whooped like ... Americans on a talk show. Now although i agree that Boris Johnson is a posh moron with daft hair, its not satirical or humorous to have people repeat this relentlessly in a faux news broadcast style. I skipped to half way into the show to a segment that looked like a piss poor attempt by six formers to imitate The Day Today's "speak your brains" routine.

Then i pressed stop and went to look at some football transfer speculation.

Ebadlun - 03 Aug 2017 23:42:03 (#87 of 365)

The first episode was rocky, it's got a lot better IMO.

frantastic - 04 Aug 2017 00:17:58 (#88 of 365)

The news desk is the best bit(s), the QI guy the worst.

Ebadlun - 04 Aug 2017 00:18:55 (#89 of 365)

No, twitter woman is the worst - the segment as a whole is funny, I just don't like the way she's always on the verge of laughing.

whitbreadtrophy - 04 Aug 2017 08:59:30 (#90 of 365)

Like The Daily Mash, The Mash report's main influence appears to be The Onion.

Arjuna - 04 Aug 2017 17:20:31 (#91 of 365)

It lacks the subtlety and finese of the onion, all the jokes seem a bit too forced then quickly folloeed by canned laughter.

whitbreadtrophy - 04 Aug 2017 17:28:17 (#92 of 365)

Canned laughter hasn't been used for a couple of decades.

browserbutton - 04 Aug 2017 17:29:47 (#93 of 365)

Does it just sound canned? The audience just sound like they're on tape?

Arjuna - 04 Aug 2017 17:34:00 (#94 of 365)

it sounds decidedly unnatural to me, it always seems like the same laugh after every joke.

roguestate - 04 Aug 2017 17:38:03 (#95 of 365)

she's always on the verge of laughing

That's Kylie Morris reporting from DC on Hairclown's latest disaster.

xbod72 - 04 Aug 2017 17:59:28 (#96 of 365)

I think it's canned too.

browserbutton - 04 Aug 2017 18:02:36 (#97 of 365)

Maybe it's just clumsy editing. I wish all 'whoops' could be edited out. They belong across the Atlantic in Whoop-land, ffs!

Arjuna - 04 Aug 2017 18:20:05 (#98 of 365)

perhaps it is the way the sound is mixed

xbod72 - 04 Aug 2017 18:22:01 (#99 of 365)

My reason for saying so is that they frequently show the back of the first few rows and the audio doesn't seem to match the visuals of that sample of the audience unless first-row-sitters are known to be generally more miserable than gen-pop.

Cordelia - 04 Aug 2017 18:25:32 (#100 of 365)

I'd not watched this before, but just tried to watch last night's episode as a colleague was in it. I got a few minutes in before giving up, fast forwarding to his bit then switching off.

The laughter does feel wrong - way too much for some slightly amusing and laboured jokes.

I shan't bother again.

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