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on 22 September 2010
It's very important that you ignore the (currently only) other review on here. Do NOT cast your mind's eye to Family Guy at any stage when enjoying the truly original comedy of Brian Limond. Don't cast it anywhere, in fact, because for the most part this is like nothing you've seen before. Originality comes at a price, yes, though the gods at BBC have commissioned a second series despite the first only being watched by what you would probably call a 'cult following'.
There's a great risk that a lot of people, lord forgive me, won't 'get this', as it's very much a personal comedy- one man's mindset broadcast nationwide in a bizarre conglomeration of truly niche comedy and mainstream availability. I, myself, me personally that is, enjoyed just about everything Limmy served up over six episodes (and a pilot that I can't remember if I've seen or not). I feel he is a kindred spirit, honestly, like he's reached through my eye sockets and tickled my brain. You don't get many instances in life of an entertainment product feeling like a shared joke, but if you find this appeals to you, you'll get that feeling in spades. You'll go all the distance.
The (currently only) other reviewer describes the show with a particular word that is lampooned therein without the slightest trace of irony. So, consulting the first line of the previous paragraph, you'll have to have a particularly flavoured comic taste for this to getcha. Yes, there's a man dressed as a lady in a recurring sketch, but there's so much more that's genuinely beyond description to set it apart from basically everything else the beeb's put out in the last few years (excepting spiritual sister-show Burnistoun and anything from the peerless Serafinowicz or Iannucci).
I hope this doesn't come across as an apologetic review: I couldn't care less if you don't like this. I just don't want you to waste your money when you could be buying Ricky Gervais' Science, The Inbetweeners Series 3 or a bib. That's my first dig at this Christmas' big comedy hitters, and it won't be the last!
It's nice to see that BBC is releasing this with a good few extras, from standard commentary on the pilot to video comedy for the full 6-episode series. Limmy's insights into the character origins will either delight you or ruin the mystique of some of the odder sketches, and it's not something you're likely to listen to again. Most interesting, however, are the included versions of certain sketches from the series as made by Limmy as long as 8 years ago at home, many of them unchanged from the final versions save a few subtle variations.
In the meantime, if you enjoy truly fresh and funny comedy from up North (no, further still), invest your currency hereat.