We Are Klang. Image shows from L to R: Councillor Steve (Steve Hall), Council-Leader Greg (Greg Davies), Councillor Marek (Marek Larwood). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

We Are Klang

Live audience sitcom in which sketch group 'We Are Klang' play three local councillors of unfathomable incompetence

2009  (BBC Three)
6 (1 series)
Steve Hall, Greg Davies, Marek Larwood, Debbie Chazen, David Ward, Lorna Watson
Steve Hall, Greg Davies, Marek Larwood
British Broadcasting Corporation

Sketch group We Are Klang's TV sitcom was is billed by the BBC as "an inventive new sitcom somewhere between The Young Ones and The League Of Gentlemen".

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, this comedy from the sketch troupe is the offspring of traditional sitcom and cutting edge live comedy.

The show follows three councillors of Klangbury, who are so incompetent that they have reduced the town to a shambling wreck. When faced with the prospect of losing their jobs, they are forced into drastic action.

Our three anti-heroes are Councillor Marek (the hapless baldy), Councillor Steve (the psychotic one), and Council-leader Greg (the fat, tall Rik Mayall lookalike). They unleash their unfathomable incompetence across this once smoothly functioning town.

Greg longs to be an upstanding civic leader but, unable to cope with the pressures of the job, he takes it out on inept simpleton Marek, who needs little help in looking idiotic but gets it all the same from psychotic (but lovable) schemer Steve.

Each week, their ineptitude scales increasingly improbable heights as they're called upon to resolve a municipal issue/impending disaster.

Salvation is invariably snatched from the jaws of debacle as the three bungling buffoons rally together to save the day, usually assisted by an unlikely chunk of luck.

Our Review: This comedy, as predicted, split the audience down the middle.

Some loved the high-energy silliness and the performers bringing their live performance skills to the TV, for example milking every laugh for all it is worth by breaking the '4th wall' (talking to the studio audience and acknowledging the cameras).

Meanwhile, others found it too childish and under-written, with the bizarre and improbable cartoon strip-like situations (such as extinguishing a large burning building by urinating on it) detracting from the possible comedy, rather than creating it.

This is probably destined to be a cult hit... but at the time of writing it remains to be seen whether it won over enough fans for BBC Three to give it a second series (if you're reading this is 2010, we guess not).