Harry Hill's ClubNite

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Harry Hill's ClubNite

Harry Hill presents "a combination of controlled chaos and his favourite funny people on the planet"

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Sitcomfan64

  • Saturday 26th October 2019, 3:11pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 579 posts

Anybody else watch this? I loved it! The old anarchic spirit of Saturday Live! Colin Hoult's Anna Mann in particular was hilarious. Rosie Jones her usual ebullient self, Hill himself on top form. Wasn't so keen on Spencer Jones but apart from that, really enjoyed it.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Saturday 26th October 2019, 3:19pm
  • England
  • 16,470 posts

Hmmm, I thought the C4 "Robot" ident skit at the beginning was hysterical, but after that it went down(harry)hill for me and conversely to you I thought the only bright and funny spot was Spencer Jones with his madcap humour, which looked not a million miles from what Harry does.

Might give it one more episode.

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Rood Eye

  • Saturday 26th October 2019, 5:26pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 3,000 posts

The double act, Egg, were about as funny as a burning orphanage.

Everybody else was decent enough and, for me, Anna Mann was the highlight of the show.

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Aaron

  • Sunday 27th October 2019, 10:05am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,380 posts
Quote: Sitcomfan64 @ 26th October 2019, 3:11 PM

The old anarchic spirit of Saturday Live!

This is exactly what I thought. A worthy successor. It will, of course, vary quite significantly week-to-week, depending on the guests. Looking forward to the rest of the run.

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Sitcomfan64

  • Sunday 27th October 2019, 12:06pm
  • England
  • 579 posts
Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 26th October 2019, 3:19 PM

Hmmm, I thought the C4 "Robot" ident skit at the beginning was hysterical, but after that it went down(harry)hill for me and conversely to you I thought the only bright and funny spot was Spencer Jones with his madcap humour, which looked not a million miles from what Harry does.

Might give it one more episode.

That's fair enough, although obviously the show very much will depend on the guests, so unlike a sitcom I;m not sure it can really be judged as a series after a single episode. I know Rachel Parris is on a future one, along with Lucy Pearman and Tim Renkow, all of whom are brilliant live.

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Rood Eye

  • Sunday 27th October 2019, 12:33pm [Edited]
  • England
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I've read a number of reviews in which the show is described as "anarchic" but the reality is that it's just about as far from anarchy as anything can possibly be.

The very essence of anarchy is the non-recognition of authority but when at school a class of pupils is being ever so silly by permission of the teacher, that's not anarchy: it's just a class of pupils being ever so silly by permission of the teacher. Likewise, Clubnite is a group of people being silly and funny with the permission and approval of every authority that has the power to tell them to stop it.

Another essential ingredient of anarchy is danger to everybody and everything in its vicinity: I didn't see anything remotely dangerous on Clubnite.

Where the threats to the established norms of TV broadcasting? There weren't any.

Where were the threats to the sensibilities of the snowflake generation? There weren't any.

I wonder how many complaints Ofcom will receive about the first episode of Clubnite?

My guess is that they will receive none at all.

And that ain't anarchy!

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Rood Eye

  • Saturday 2nd November 2019, 8:55am [Edited]
  • England
  • 3,000 posts

Episode 2 was another mixed bag.

Judi Love was excellent and is, for my money, Britain's best black comedian.

Am I allowed to mention she's black? Probably not - although, in my defence, I didn't notice she wasn't white until she told us.

In any event, she's a very talented comedian who celebrates and glorifies the cultural differences that the PC Brigade know don't really exist.

Lucy Pearman was wonderfully surreal and is a genuine comedic talent.

Mat Ewins was good: is he Stephen Merchant's little brother?

At one point in the proceedings, Harry referred to "fags", meaning cigarettes. If this episode is ever shown on Talking Pictures TV, they'll put a warning message on the screen before it starts!

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Rood Eye

  • Saturday 9th November 2019, 9:25am [Edited]
  • England
  • 3,000 posts

Harry Hill has mastered the art of being both weird and wonderful.

Some of his guests, while exhibiting commendable levels of weirdness, need to do a bit of work on the "wonderful". Laughing out loud

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Rood Eye

  • Monday 11th November 2019, 3:25pm [Edited]
  • England
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On the most recent episode, stand-up comedian and performance artist Phil Dunning came up with the following:

My daughter comes up to me the other day and she goes, "Daddy Daddy, I've just seen a couple of fairies at the bottom of the garden."

I said, "Oh really, what were they doing?"

She said, "Sucking each other's cocks."

Immediately followed by:

I've got one son, one daughter.

My son, we were sat at the dinner table the other day and he says, "Daddy, Daddy, I want to be a ballet dancer."

I said, "You can't do that son. It's dangerous."

He said, "Why?"

I said, "Cos I'll break your f**king legs, you little poofter!"

I think most viewers might have realised from his dress, delivery, and demeanour that he was satirising non-PC stand-up comedians many of whom, in days of yore, had spectacularly successful careers using exactly that type of material.

I think it is equally true to say that, had he (under an anonymous username) put those jokes in writing on a BCG thread, a number of members would immediately have marched upon his house carrying pitchforks and flaming torches.

That's the problem with the written word: irony isn't always obvious - particularly to those who would rather die than recognise it when it's there.

Phil Dunning is a talented comedian - no doubt about it - but a great comedian would have come out on stage and delivered those two jokes (and more) absolutely straight without the slightest suggestion of irony while watching the horror on the audience's faces before walking off stage and awaiting the media backlash.

Now that is anarchy! Laughing out loud

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Sitcomfan64

  • Tuesday 12th November 2019, 10:52pm
  • England
  • 579 posts

It really is a mixed bag of a show. Mat Ewins, Suzi Ruffell and The Delightful Sausage were all funny, didn't like the first act at all. Two absolutely stonking acts on next week though in the form of Jess Fostekew and Huge Davies so looking forward to that. I will give Harry credit though, he's essentially managed to get the atmosphere (and variable quality) of a night out at a comedy club onto the screen.