The Demise of the British Sitcom – nothing to laugh about

ComedyBannerWhat has happened to British comedy? Scanning through the TV channels it’s difficult to find any form of sitcom that is actually funny. The idea of comedy is a scenario or situation to have a surprise twist at the end, making it funny. However most comedy written today relies on shock tactics that are vulgar or tasteless.
Granted after you’ve seen the 412th episode of Last of the Sumer Wine, the comical twist has become tired. And yes it does therefore need a new approach. But nowadays this new approach evolves blatant swearing or crude sexual visuals to bolster the already obvious outcome of the gag.

When I think back over past sitcoms with the likes of, Are You Being Served, Blackadder, Bread, Butterflies, Dad’s Army, Fawlty Towers, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Last of the Summer Wine, One Foot in the Grave, Only Fools And Horses, Open All Hours, Porridge, Rising Damp,  Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Steptoe & Son, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Good Life, The Likely Lads, The Royale Family, and even ‘Allo ‘ Allo!, Red Dwarf, The Office, Men Behaving Badly with their slightly riskier overtones, all these delivered the punch line with a subtleness that is sadly missing from today’s sitcom.
Have we as a race of people become so obsessed with fast foods, fast cars and fast Internet (unless your with BT), that we’ve lost the ability to make the fine distinctions between humour and poor taste.

Deadpool: Review

deadpool1Superhero or Villain that’s the question. The film takes us through creation of Deadpool, from his life as a mercenary, to the frenzy of revenge after he is turned into self-healing anti-hero. Wade Wilson, played by Ryan Reynolds, is wise cracking, smutty, and downright funny. The film is violent, has gratuitous sex scenes, plenty of swearing, a refreshing change to the deluge of the serious superhero films hitting us at the moment. Not to be missed by us more indulgent adults. Oh yes, my original question, superhero or villain, well I’ll let you make your own mind up on that one.  4-5 Stars

It’s All Gone 4 Gordon

Gordon Ramsay shoutingHaving just finished reading Gordon Ramsay’s “Playing with Fire”, I find myself reviewing my opinion of Mr Ramsay and not just of his book. My wife and I experienced his live show a couple of years ago and to be fair it was amusing, but after reading this, I’m not sure whether or not he was just laughing at us, the paying audience.  He’s not a chef, he’s just a foul mouthed, egotistical, solo enterprise. He can barely bring himself to talk to anyone unless there is a personal appearance fee involved. How can anyone and I mean anyone, warrant in excess of $10,000,000 for just over one months’ work. When I say work, it appears that the cooking is secondary and his show now concentrates on him standing there swearing and generally belittling people that he feels are beneath him. I must say that I have gone right off the bloke. I’m sorry Gordon….done!