When Adam Buxton, he of Adam and Joe fame, announced on his radio show and his blog that a pilot for a new series (made some seven months ago) would finally be getting a jolly good airing on BBC Three, small pockets of Britain frothed over themselves. It was shown last night at 11.45pm. That’s quite a rubbish timeslot, but I stayed up because I like Adam Buxton and his gear. Even back in those Adam and Joe days - two very underrated muthas I always thought – he liked to muck about with video and pastiche (ie. make his own versions of stuff) and judging by the stuff I’ve posted up on here recently (stuff from his YouTube site), he’s bang on form.
MeeBox was supposed to be some sort of YouTube mickey take, a fictional website where all kinds of things happened.
The first sketch was all about an actor (or pretender as he called himself) called Famous Guy, who had starred in films like The Exploding Car, Horse Chase, Dirty Sexy Man and Furious Andrew. I was already chuckling at all this. Famous Guy was being interviewed by one of those earnest young people you see on Channel 4 about his new movie They Crashed From Space There. Famous Guy was explaining, in his own, ridiculous way that he had managed nail down the British cockney accent no problem. There were clips from the film to demonstrate how awful his cockney accent was. I was still chuckling. Good sign.
Then it sort of dipped a little bit. There was an unchuckly sketch called 10,000 Things That Are Sooo Crap (fish and buildings were on the menu last night), and Ken Korda (a vacant and smiley independent film interviewer) was ok.
MeeBox then upped the chuckle stakes with a very funny version of Songs Of Praise, where Adam just scrolled across new words to the hymn (there’s a naked czar in my mouth), and a very neat pastiche of a nerd and his new film making software.
My favourite sketch out of the whole lot was a weird thing about the Queen and space and aliens. Thanks to the magic of YouTube, here it is:
This illustrates Adam’s humour nicely – nonsense, gently surreal and really daft. Like most sketch shows, there was a hit and miss element to all this, but half of the content was funny. Not a bad ratio.
MeeBox was a pilot, let’s not forget. I think Adam Buxton is funny and clever and at his best when he’s mucking about with video and music and stuff. I hope he gets a full series because, on this evidence, he just about deserves it. And it’d be nice to see Adam on telly more often.Join TVScoop on Facebook for exclusive competitions and gossip