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Hit and miss, at best
on 14 February 2009
Describing this show as 'hit and miss' would be a bit generous. It's mostly 'miss' but with a handful of hits that just about make it worth watching.
It's a low-budget Channel 5/Paramount Comedy sketch show that attempted to mimic the success of shows like "The Fast Show"- with characters that recur in different episodes, a few catchphrases, an ensemble cast, and all that.
Most of the time, the real let-down is the writing. Sketches are badly thought out, a bit obvious, and you can see most of the punchlines coming from several miles away.
The writing is a total letdown to the performing talent, most of whom have proven in other shows that they're good comedy actors. Apologies to Jeremy Fowlds for singling him out but of the cast of six, his performances are the ones that belong in Chuckle Brothers rather than alternative comedy.
However there are some brief moments of genius. You can somehow see it in Simon Pegg's and Fiona Allen's eyes, when they know they're doing a sketch that is genuinely funny and they're putting their all into it, and there are a handful of these on the DVD. Most of the time though it's very poor.