Is performing for young audiences easier? Far from it say the comedians who do clubs at night and CBBC shows by day.Ryan Gilbey, The Guardian, 10th September 2020
The BBC have axed Sorry, I've Got No Head, the popular childrens' sketch show featuring a cast of well-known names.British Comedy Guide, 22nd November 2011
For those unaware, Sorry, I've Got No Head is a sketch show broadcast on the CBBC Channel.
Despite this being a children's show, it's surprising in many ways. For starters, there is quite a lot of good comic talent involved. Amongst those starring in the show include Marek Larwood, Justin Edwards, James Bachman, Marcus Brigstocke, Mel Giedroyc, Nick Mohammed, David Armand and Graham Norton in a voice-over.
The sketches include Jasmine and Prudith, a pair of eccentric posh women who believe everything costs a thousand pounds; Ross the schoolboy from the Outer Hebrides whose school has been badly damaged in a storm and is thus he is the only one who attends; the easily-scared Fearless Vikings; and The Witchfinder General who accuses anyone of being a witch if he doesn't get his own way.
Another interesting thing about Sorry, I've Got No Head is that it has no laughter track. Most TV sketch shows tend to have one, and you would expect a children's sketch show to do so as well, but this doesn't.
In a way the show treats the audience a bit more like adults than many other sketch comedies. The laughter track provokes you into laughing, which might explain why shows such as That Mitchell and Webb Look and The Armstrong and Miller Show have them, to encourage the viewers to laugh along and keep watching. Sorry, I've Got No Head doesn't see the need for one. Perhaps it's because this show is less of a risk as it's on a digital channel for children.
Sorry, I've Got No Head is quite a diverting show, which in its own way is entertaining for people of all ages. And if you're bit a embarrassed about watching it with other people, you can always look at it on the iPlayer as if it were a guilty pleasure.Ian Wolf, Giggle Beats, 23rd May 2011
Taking its lead from sketch shows like Little Britain, whose snappy caricatured skits have - in spite of their post-watershed content - been highly popular with children, this new show seeks to push some of the same buttons. And, with the help of comedy talents such as Marcus Brigstocke and Mel Giedroyc, it does so rather well. Among their creations are Britain's most unsuccessful thespians and a not-so-imaginary imaginary friend.The Telegraph,
Comedy sketch shows aimed at kids are thin on the ground, but this new series - written and performed by a team that includes Marcus Brigstocke, Lead Balloon's Anna Crilly and Mel Giedroyc - suggests they may be the way forward. With its headless burger-joint customers, time-travelling couch potatoes and medieval witch-hunters throwing strops in corner shops, it evokes the surrealism and daft satire of Monty Python and Little Britain, but minus the sex and swearing. Top marks for the title, too.Ed Potton, The Times,
Graham Norton's production company So Television is behind this sketch show, devised to appeal to eight to 12-year-olds, and it's easy to spot the hyperactive one's influence on this irreverent comedy. Like The Catherine Tate Show and Little Britain - both hugely popular with up-too-late kids - over-the-top characters and Pytonesque caricatures, played by Marcus Brigstocke, Mel Giedrovc and James Bachman, among others, supply the laughs without trying too hard. With cowardly vikings, desperate wannabes and teenage pirates, it's like a junior Big Train for all the family.Mail on Sunday,