- Saturday 8th September 2018, 3:38pm
- United Kingdom
- 4 posts
Newsjack is coming back I hate the show with a passion.
About half of the material on the show is written by the teams writing room and not listeners. The problem is these people aren't very good so if one of them writes a sketch about cats and you've sent in a far better sketch about cats then you have no chance of getting on air. They will use THEIR sketch regardless of how terrible it is, and if you've heard the show you know just how terrible many of them are. It's meant to be a show submitted by listeners not the shows own writers!
Friends of the production team are given preferential treatment and get their material used regardless of quality. There's someone on this very forum who seems to somehow magically get "the good email" or "the nearly email" every week. Is it because they are comedy genius? No just look at their profile and you'll see that they know the NJ team. In fact they claim to get the "nearly" email so often they should get blacklisted as their jokes apparently keep making it to the recording (due to their mates on the show doing them a favour) and then bomb when the audience hears them and get cut, which shows just how biased the selection process is and how poor their jokes are. It's meant to be a show submitted by listeners not the show's friends!
The jokes used on the show are mostly simplistic, predictable and dull. It's all lowest common denominator stuff with all cleverness or originality filtered out. So the show encourages people to write terrible jokes with hackneyed formats and obvious punchlines. They love that stuff!
But the worst thing about Newsjack is the way it treats the people who send in jokes and sketches. They should be the lifeblood of the show but they're treated like crap. Here are a couple of suggestions. Make the show 100% submitted material and each person can only have one joke/sketch used per series (whether broadcast or cut after recording). This way we don't have to suffer the garbage from the show's in house team and we maximize the number of people who can get something onto the show. But they won't do this because then they couldn't boost their own egos and help get their mates on air.