Thursday, September 21, 2006
COMEDY! That Mitchell And Webb Look, BBC2, 9.30pm
We found ourselves in such a quandary last week. Should we put this on the front page for the first episode of its new series, or should we put up The Janice Dickinson Modelling Agency? It was a tough call, but in the end we plumped for Janice, largely because (a) it's hard to talk about a sketch show when you haven't seen any episodes yet, (b) we'd seen enough of Janice's show on YouTube to be able to talk about it, and (c) we thought she might kick our asses if we didn't.
But turnabout is fair play, and this week it's all about That Mitchell And Webb Look. Er, except for that one paragraph we just used up talking about what happened last week. Anyway! Having seen the first episode now, we can confirm that this show is funny. Very funny, in fact. We can't remember the last time a sketch show made us laugh as loudly or as frequently as this one did. We particularly enjoyed the sketch with the waiter ("how can I introduce you to the manager? You're not wearing a tie, and you're holding your ladle like a pen"), the adventures of Angel Summoner and the BMX Bandit, the Lazy Writers (their poorly researched hospital drama was a triumph - "Nurse! Get this man some medicine!") and the thoroughly bizarre Sir Digby Chicken Caesar.
We've since attempted to play impenetrable gameshow Numberwang on the official site and failed miserably, but we're not letting that put us off. It remains to be seen whether it can stay funny for an entire series without repeating itself, but the early signs on the LOLometer were very good. This week we're especially looking forward to new daytime TV show Coverage of People Buying a House and then Living in It.
(Looking for this week's Veronica Mars catch-up? Click here.)