Viper Squad Ten

[ Monday, June 23, 2003 ]


Starbuck [21:36] Comments: 0 []
 
Hmm. That bloke (Aaron Barschak) who dresses up as Osama Bin Laden in a dress and who gatecrashed Prince William's 21st birthday party. Alleged comedian. Not too funny on the face of it. I think his dad pretty much summed it up on BBC News. "He is a zany character with a zany sense of humour." Anyone who describes themselves (or is described by their loved ones) as "zany" is usually massively lacking in the slightest semblence of any sense of humour. Attention-seeking is no substitute. (The Dieticians were not zany. Their tunes were finely honed by expert jokesmiths.) And as for appearing as a Comedy Terrorist - Barschak's got no idea. Comedy Ostriches, that's a different matter. Now, if he'd broken into Windsor Castle dressed as Bernie Clifton's Comedy Ostrich, that would be an amazing comedy coup. Especially if the TV Funnyman was still strapped to the unruly mount...


(Post-script: A "rivetting" discussion about the interconnectivity of modern UK TV comedy figurehead follows, lacking in any depth or deep thought. And it doesn't even mention The Office. It's balancing on the knife-edge of deletion at present. I'd be best off recycling it into a editorial-free list of links. I didn't even have any excuse to include US classic The Larry Sanders Show in there (Best Thing Ever!) . My advice would be to click here to jump to the next post to avoid it, and we'll forget it ever happened, okay?)

Now Simon Munnery. His League Against Tedium's Attention Scum, that was quite an interestingly different, funny series. He is also associated with Lee & Herring - also very funny. And the mighty Kevin Eldon has worked with all of the above. As well as Chris Morris on Brass Eye and (Blue) Jam. As with most of the writers and actors in this cross-fertilized pool of shows (Simon Pegg, Armando Iannucci, Sally Phillips, Peter Baynham, David Schneider, Mark Heap, etceterbleedingra) Eldon has also appeared in Alan Partridge's various projects, Big Train , Spaced, and judging by his peers has in all probability appeared in Friday/Saturday Night Armistice. If I could be arsed to turn this nightmare pointless paragraph into some sort of family tree of comedy shows, I'd be linking in to The League Of Gentlemen and Father Ted round about now.

But I won't. Because, glancing up the page, this post about comedy looks to be the most boring thing I've ever read. Much less comedic than Noel Edmonds. Much less sophisticated than Viz. Less adult even than The Chuckle Brothers. Chu Chuckle. Aaron Barschak's got a lot to answer for.




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