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Repetitive Isn't Always A Bad Thing
on 20 September 2008
Catherine Tate is a comedienne who enjoys having multi persona in her show, which is to the style of Harry Enfield and Chums, no real order, but funny all the same. For 30mins a week, we got laughs from many of her usual sketches and a few one off's - like the dog trainer who's rather crazy.
Some of the best characters in this are the guy who cannot stand being called gay ("who dear me dear no dear"), the grandma who can't keep a lid on her nasty side; the silly woman who's gullible on the internet and marries a death row inmate and of course that funny sketch about the woman working in the wig salon, some of the funniest moments come from this.
There's some really good observations by Catherine though; like the restaurant waitress who does those stupid things you often find in themed places ("Table 3 wants Boogie Dogs *silly music*") and of course Lauren who's supposed to be based on a real teenager - she seems to have got the annoyance they can often give others, and the slang is just funny. There's also the office worker annoying that poor woman next to her with those guessing games, how many of us have people like that in our lives?
Some really annoying things - that Irish woman who keeps saying "he's a gay man now", it's one of her worst sketches; the one where a red headed woman is taken to a special refuge, thought that was really stupid and some moments in series 3 show that Catherine was really ready to stop making the show, as she was showing signs of running out of material.
This is a good show though, really funny, the gran has me in stitches, so yes, repetitive comedy can be good, like the likes of Enfield, Whitehouse, Bishop, Novak, Taylor and many others who've made very repetitive jokes lately. I can see why some people have not enjoyed it though, if you don't like the characters it can be rather annoying, and Lauren got sillier by the series - but I still think this will appeal to most people who like the above comedians.
The DVDs are pretty good, with few extras, but still worthwhile owning - but sadly this doesn't have the Christmas specials.
Worth a look at if you like CT, otherwise get this if you're a big fan.