La La Land. Image shows from L to R: Gary Garner (Marc Wootton), Brendan Allen (Marc Wootton), Shirley Ghostman (Marc Wootton). Image credit: Showtime.

La La Land

A prank comedy/reality show starring Marc Wootton. Made for US TV, but also broadcast in Britain via BBC Three

Genre:
Satire
Broadcast:
2010  (BBC Three)
Episodes:
6 (1 series)
Starring:
Marc Wootton
Writers:
Paul Garner
Production:
Showtime
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Marc Wootton plays three characters placed in real situations with real people in this comedy/reality show.

The characters are all wannabes struggling to find fame and fortune in Los Angeles. There's Brendan, an aspiring documentary maker; Shirley Ghostman, a professional psychic; and Gary, a charismatic East-London cab driver who is determined to launch a new career in Hollywood as an actor.

La La Land is a hidden camera mockumentary in which Wootton plays fictitious characters but everybody else in the show, including his accomplices such as Kiki (Brendan's assistant), Chico (Shirley's driver) and Ruta (Gary's mentor), are completely real and unaware they are talking to an actor.

The show was originally broadcast on the Showtime Network in the US, but an adapted UK version (with a voiceover by Julian Barratt) has been made for the UK market.

Our Review: This show was broadcast in the USA at the start of the year, and now British audiences have a chance to see what the fuss is about.

La La Land clearly owes a debt to Sacha Baron Cohen and his Borat & Bruno films. Marc Wootton is, equally, a completely fearless performer though with a real skill at staying in character, and so we think this show has a chance to become a hit too.

The first couple of episodes have certainly made us cringe in embarrassment as the various characters disregard the normal social conventions as they crash their way through Hollywood society.