Quote: swerytd @ January 21, 2008, 9:39 AM
it's the *other* actors that are making it stilted. They've obviously got to stick to a script which renders the improvisations pointless with nowhere to go.
Quote: Aaron @ January 21, 2008, 11:07 AM
Their sudden deviations from the line in which the person is heading is really off-putting.
By God, you're right... I couldn't work out why the Oz version had a upper hand on this, but it all makes sense now! There is so little opportunity for the stars to actually improvise scenes - it's just one question, followed by another, followed by another. In the Oz version the actors follow the stars lead, not the other way around.
Prime example - in Clive Anderson's sketch he made one of the actors German. The actor quickly reverted to a British accent though as it was deviating from their pre-planned script. If he'd stayed German there would have no-doubt been more jokes to follow.
I guess you can't blame the actors for trying to have a script though - certain people (e.g. the shopping lady out of Corrie) clearly need dragging through their sketch which as much prompting and help as they can get.
I'm trying to avoid criticising too heavily as I think it's great to see ITV giving over an hour of its Saturday schedules to comedy again. It might not be perfect, but give me Thank God You're Here over another talent contest any day!
(In the unlikely event they give it a second series they should come to us - I think between us we've got the route to success sorted - ditch Merton's over-long intro and pointless time-filling small talk and just bung in more improvisational scenes!)