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Lee Henman

  • Friday 16th April 2010, 11:51am
  • England
  • 5,183 posts

Comedy Lab sketch show, 19th April, Channel 4. As you can see Channel 4 has stuck its middle finger firmly up at the enduring Daily Mail-style outrage over naughty language. In this single 2 minute sketch there are at least 4 sh*ts, 5 f*cks, a few pr*cks and 2 or 3 c*nts, one of which is the punchline. Can you imagine the Beeb daring to do anything like this at the moment? Obviously I'm not saying swearing necessarily makes a sketch funnier (although it does in this sketch). But still, it must be liberating for the writers to be told "Anything goes" rather than be greeted with a producer sucking air through his teeth and saying "Can you change that to 'flipping'?" http://www.funnyordie.co.uk/videos/bacc487c0a/exclusive-happy-finish-net-hate

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Will Cam

  • Friday 16th April 2010, 12:46pm
  • England
  • 7,914 posts

That was fantastic Laughing out loud You were right, a brilliant example of swearing being used as a comedy tool and not just for the sake of it or to make a sketch appear edgier.

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Mark

  • Friday 16th April 2010, 8:51pm
  • Hampshire, England
  • 2,668 posts

Having seen this on a preview DVD I can happily say it is excellent and everyone should watch it. See our guide (link at the top of this page) for more information about the show.

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Steve Sunshine

  • Friday 16th April 2010, 8:53pm
  • Dagenham, England
  • 14,523 posts
Quote: Mark @ April 16 2010, 8:51 PM BST

Having seen this on a preview DVD I can happily say it is excellent and everyone should watch it. See our guide (link at the top of this page) for more information about the show.


Always with the plug

:D

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juggy

  • Tuesday 20th April 2010, 12:38am [Edited]
  • England
  • 1 posts

At 11.45pm on Monday evening it was made to feel ashamed and embarrassed. I still feel dirty simply writing about it, not even the people in the fake audience laughed except to try and alleviate the overhanging sense of awkwardness. Is the state of British comedy so bad that this permitted to classed as worthy of viewing? No. If this programme was broadcast at 3am to an audience of mindless junkies it would fall short of their pitiful standards. 'Fresh talent' my arse. Just put a repeat of Peep Show on if you're that strapped for cash.

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Godot Taxis

  • Tuesday 20th April 2010, 1:57am
  • England
  • 5,243 posts

Very, very, very weak. Department of internet hate? Give me a break.

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jim field

  • Tuesday 20th April 2010, 8:27am [Edited]
  • Surrey, England
  • 332 posts

Sucked.

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chipolata

  • Tuesday 20th April 2010, 11:57am
  • England
  • 29,584 posts

I was tired and missed it. What sort of a weirdo stays up past 11 anyway?

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Afinkawan

  • Tuesday 20th April 2010, 12:16pm
  • Huddersfield, England
  • 2,302 posts

I completely missed this but, in a seven degrees of Kevin Bacon stylee, I think Nico Tatarowicz came up with the "Attention Deficit News" strand on RFTP and gave me permission to subvert it with an "OCD News" sketch in series 2.

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Simon B

  • Tuesday 20th April 2010, 12:48pm
  • England
  • 337 posts

Haven't seen it yet. Presume it will be on 4OD?

Looking forward to it as I think Al Campbell is one of the best comedy directors out there.

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Will Cam

  • Tuesday 20th April 2010, 2:25pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 7,914 posts

I didn't find this as bad as some of you did. The internet hate stuff I thought was laugh out loud as was the first part of the time machine sketch. A lot of it did miss and I thought that the guy in the moustache was the only naturally funny member of the cast. A bit sad but my breakdown of the show:

Internet Department of Hate sketches Laughing out loud Laughing out loud
Clown raid :) but predictable
Dead boyfriend ghost Laughing out loud
Pub mates sketches :(
Woman walker/man painting + bloke on pushbike :(
Time machine sketch Laughing out loud Laughing out loud
Watching Lost online :(
Karate in pub :(
Jesus tablet find :(

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RobJ

  • Tuesday 20th April 2010, 3:34pm
  • England
  • 102 posts

I thought it was pretty good. Loved the descent into paranoia and guilt over copyright infringement.
Thought the karate in the pub was obvious but well done, though didn't need the guy at the end stepping in.

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The Giggle-o

  • Tuesday 20th April 2010, 9:03pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 1,489 posts

I thought this showed quite a lot of potential.

I don't think they should have started with the Clown sketch, it was too fast paced just as people are settling in to watch and, for me, it kind of wasted a good premise. The girl incapable of getting her head around the drinking game was ok, but wasn't strong enough to take up such a large percentage of the 22 minutes of the show. I quite liked the moustachioed guy and the black fella, but the female performers could have been stronger.

I think I'd watch a full series.

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jim field

  • Tuesday 20th April 2010, 11:52pm
  • Surrey, England
  • 332 posts

re The actors: pretty accurate giggle-o, the female performers were awful. They'll probably get re-cast I'd imagine.