You know what? I’ve been thinking that TV is complete garbage for ages… and then I realised… I’ve been watching, and laughing, and enjoying, Mock The Week (BBC2, Thursday, 9pm) everytime I’ve seen it. In fact, Thursdays have turned into my favourite night of the TV week. You get Mock The Week, My Name Is Earl, Saxondale… it’s great! Anyways, let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
Mock The Week is quite a difficult show to review, just as any panel show is. I mean, I can’t really sit here and regurgitate the gags for you can I? I’d like to, but I fear that they’d lose impact in print form. In short, apart from that Russel Howard bloke, Mock The Week stars some of the funniest and sharpest men in comedy tearing absolutely everything in the world to pieces… and I like it.
Dara O’Briain, the wonderful, affable giant of a host, is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He looks and sounds for all the world like a bloody nice bloke. That is until he shoot you down with his heat seeking wit. As a dinner guest, I imagine Mr O’Briain is infuriating. He is obviously an intelligent bloke who could offer witticisms on almost any topic. Then, you join in the conversation and he’ll slap you down with a one-liner leaving you hurt, but worse, you’ll still like him.
Same goes for Frankie Boyle. Boyle seems to be more at ease on the telly now, but hasn’t lost his (f)ire. He can still pull out the jokes that make you wince and laugh simultaneously, but thankfully, gone are the ‘rape’ jokes. He’s stopped trying too hard. Sometimes, Boyle looks like he’s forced out something shocking for the sake of it, but now, the vile things he says come out in a far more natural way. I like it. You might not. Boyle probably doesn’t care.
The rest of the gang are, in fairness, bit part players. That may seem a little unkind, but only Ed Byrne gets a look in when Frankie and Dara go off on one. On last night’s show, everyone was given a kicking. The royal family, John Prescott (more fat jokes than you can shake a sausage at) as well as everything else in the world ever. It’s a bit like reading ‘Is It Me, Or Is Everything Shit?’ (which I advise every TVScoop reader to buy). Nothing is given anything resembling kind treatment. Everyone is fair game. This is what makes the show so very rewarding. Next week, they’ll probably give Mother Teresa a kicking – Can’t wait! [Mof Gimmers]