La La Land. Image shows from L to R: Gary Garner (Marc Wootton), Brendan Allen (Marc Wootton), Shirley Ghostman (Marc Wootton). Copyright: Showtime / Fooling Nobody.

La La Land

BBC Three sketch show. 6 episodes (1 series) in 2010. Stars Marc Wootton and Julian Barratt.

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La La Land DVD review

Marc Wootton's ability to not only remain in character throughout, no matter how potentially dangerous the situation, but also to improvise and conjure humour on the spot, is nothing short of astonishing. It's unfortunate, therefore, that such genuinely jaw dropping talent has been wasted on a show with nothing of interest to say.

Julian Whitley, Den Of Geek, 15th June 2010

Marc Wootton: 'We cut the rope of a pair of climbers'

Comedian Marc Wootton, 33, made his name on The 11 O'Clock Show but his most famous creation is fake medium Shirley Ghostman, one of three Borat-like characters trying to crack Hollywood that he plays in series La La Land, which is out now on DVD.

Andrew Williams, Metro, 10th June 2010

Shooting La La Land

Director and Executive Producer of La La Land, Misha Manson-Smith, continues to explain how the show is put together...

Misha Manson-Smith, BBC Comedy, 25th May 2010

How La La Land came to be

I first got the chance to work with Marc Wootton on My New Best Friend. I'd never really met an actor quite like him and don't think I have since.

Misha Manson-Smith, BBC Comedy, 21st May 2010

Have you been watching ... La La Land?

Could Mark Wootton could be the new Sacha Baron Cohen? His BBC3 show certainly suggests so.

Paul Moody, The Guardian, 18th May 2010

Marc Wootton may be a skilled improviser, but he sometimes picks uneasy targets. The biggest laughs again come from documentary maker Brendan Allen, who wickedly tests the patience of Jeff Schwilk, a minuteman defending America's borders from illegals. But Shirley Ghostman's exploitation of her workforce is cruel - seeing pomposity pricked is one thing, urging a woman staffing a psychic hotline to threaten a caller with suicide is another. Then along comes mattress salesman Neil Leeds, who's obviously never met a camera he doesn't like. By the end of his encounter with wannabe actor Gary Garner, it's hard to know which one's the caricature.

David Brown, Radio Times, 18th May 2010

Making La La Land

Over the next few weeks, Misha Manson-Smith, Director and Executive Producer of La La Land, is going to tell us all about it - starting with why they decided to do it in the first place.

Misha Manson-Smith, BBC Comedy, 17th May 2010

If you missed last week's episode I urge you to check it out on the BBC's iPlayer. In it we saw documentary-maker Brendan (one of the three deluded wannabes all played by Marc Wootton) pitch his idea for a climbing disaster documentary to a Hollywood producer. "Right, it'll look like an accident. Boom, this is what just happened to happen and, boom, then you're filming it... That could work. Absolutely..."

In practice, Wootton earns himself a lifelong pedestal in the pranksters' hall of fame, right next to Borat.

This week, Brendan's big idea is to release a condor into the wild. And he has persuaded a passer-by to pretend to be an ecology expert. Also tonight, aspiring actor Gary Garner films his show-reel and fake psychic Shirley Ghostman drugs the competition at an audition for a new show called Spirited.

If there are TVs in the afterlife, you can bet Jeremy Beadle will have La La Land on series link.

Jane Simon, The Mirror, 11th May 2010

It doesn't matter that Sacha Baron Cohen has done all this before when Marc Wootton does it so well - that said, tonight's set-ups have fewer laughs and a lot more oh-my-God-no cringes. Grasping psychic Shirley Ghostman auditions for a TV show, competing against rival clairvoyants. Despite being a comedy character, he's as convincing as they are. Spooky. Meanwhile, bad actor Gary Garner shoots a sexy showreel, using his own autobiographical script. The funniest scenes come from unethical documentarist Brendan Allen, who's tackling ecology. Future generations will refer to this episode as "the one with the condor in a bag".

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 11th May 2010

Doing decent but not spectacular business on BBC3 - 300,000 viewers for episode one - is this frequently astonishing Borat-style prank show.

Marc Wootton, a British comedian underrated over here and thus working in the US for cable network Showtime, rampages through LA in the guises of a useless actor, an unstable psychic and a dodgy documentary-maker.

Exposing the absurdities of Hollywood is sort of the point, but really we're just sitting in wonder as Wootton regularly risks arrest and/or a smack in the teeth by driving hapless punters to breaking point. This could be unpleasant, if Wootton's improvisation weren't so terrifyingly good.

Jack Seale, Radio Times, 8th May 2010