Quote: Badge @ January 14 2011, 11:49 PM GMT
Improv can be brilliant live. Not sure it works well on TV any more, and from what I saw this was so similar to Whose Line in format that you wonder why they gave it a new name.
Presumably because Hat Trick own the name, while Fast and Loose was made by Dan Patterson's company.
I kind-of liked it, but was a big fan of Whose Line, both UK and US, anyway. With plenty of new comedians available I have always wondered why Channel 4 had never brought it back when it is a cheap and easy way to get some new talent on TV while being very funny when it works.
While I liked the literal song, it did go on too long. Just a verse and chorus would have been enough. But the sideways game on the red mat was excellent. Both very funny and not a variant of something seen on Whose Line or similar.
The problems I had were firstly that the cast, which I like, was just too big.
This was noticeable in the dinner party round were there were just too many people playing that there was little time for interaction and it all felt disjointed. And when they did the bad pickup lines it meant one from each, which in a hit and miss format is never a good idea. I am sure they actually did several and someone picked the best to use, but being subjective the problem still stands.
And if six people was not enough, they brought in David Armand while four of them sat around doing nothing.
Another problem was the long cutaways to close ups of audience members, why do I want to watch them? Brief wide shots of the audience laughing I get, but this was verging on voyeurism.
And what were the secret fact and party piece rounds about? Some weird cross between a talk show and a straightforward gag seemed totally out of place with an improv show.
Finally, the games saw a mixture of some very tired and basic - bad chat up lines - and overly complicated - the dinner party in five genres. Assuming that there is some copyright reason they cannot just reuse ones from Whose Line, they still needed something that gives the performers something to work with. Expecting someone to find humour in showing the right way to propose to someone?