Comedy Lab pilot about two friends who attempt to set up a multi-racial kabaddi team
- E4's 2011 Comedy Lab
- Comedy Lab: Kabadasses
- 2011 (E4)
- 1 Pilot
- Shazad Latif, Jack Doolan, Tony Jayawardena, Mandi Sidhu, Kulvinder Ghir, Ian Bonar, Josie Long, Dale Meeks
- Nikesh Shukla, Riz Ahmed, Nick Hearne
- Objective Productions
Kabadasses follows the story of two friends, Bobby and Vin, as they attempt to set up a multi-racial kabaddi team.
Bobby is a loveable dreamer with high hopes and no prospects. When his domineering girlfriend, Shobna, throws him out, Bobby finds himself back at his Dad's with is tail between his legs. His father, Latte, the Thamesmead cappuccino king, disapproves of Bobby's slacker lifestyle and thinks his dear departed wife spoiled the boy.
Bobby and his best mate Vin, a thug with a heart, decide that their best shot at redemption is to set up the world's first all white English Kabaddi team. Obviously. With a makeshift team and no idea of the rules, Bobby realises they need help. They find it in the shape of The Marauding Moustache, a legend in the East London League and a cross between Mr Miyagi and Homer Simpson.
Similar to wrestling, kabaddi is a team contact sport popular in India and Bangladesh. It gained a small following during 1991-2 when Channel 4 ran a game show focused on the sport - Kabaddi - presented by Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
Our Review: Probably the strongest of the 2011 Comedy Lab pilots. A good setup, and some good lines... however, frustratingly, the action stops before the team actually play any games so the pilot is essentially all about setting up the situation, rather than any action.
The abrupt end leaves many of the plot strands that were established unresolved, so should this show not get a series fans will never find out, for example, if Bobby makes peace with his girlfriend, and what dark secret The Marauding Moustache is hiding.