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fartcatcher

W1A

Featuring the same guy as was in the Olympic spoof, and a few of the same gags.

Still a lot funnier than Michael McIntyre though.
Dock

Got these on the planner FC. Looking forward to watching them.
Dalek

Re: W1A

fartcatcher wrote:
Featuring the same guy as was in the Olympic spoof, and a few of the same gags.

Still a lot funnier than Michael McIntyre though.


Went to see Michael McIntyre with my son at a small pre-tour show a while ago in Lincoln, which he was trying/researching material for his then upcoming stadium tour. He was wearing his glasses throughout, so he was the real person, not the public image.

The first session of the show was totally unscripted with him talking with and reacting to the audience. He brought on to stage a pile of paper, which he did not refer to in this half. The half was crowned by an audience member getting up to go to the loo about two minutes before the intended break - the chap was mercilessly crucified.

The second half was more trying out his scripted material in an informal way. Anything that did not work, or any new ideas were noted on the paper during the show.

The evening was very entertaining - and was very funny especially in the first impromptu half.  The subsequent tour show when viewed contained much of the trial material, but some of the most funny bits were omitted, presumably because they did not work in all areas of the country, or they could be construed as being in some way offensive. They got a good reception in Lincoln that evening.

My wife and daughter went the evening before we went, and the material was different with only some overlaps - but even these were slightly different.

Go see him live - preferably on a small pre-tour show, and you will find him a very funny and honest entertainer indeed. He was on stage for a decent time, with no support/band/songs etc as padding. You could tell when ideas actually occurred to him during the show and he was ad lobbing.

If I had the opportunity to see him again in such a show, I would jump at the chance.
Plastic Man

Re: W1A

Dalek wrote:
...some of the most funny bits were omitted, presumably because they did not work in all areas of the country, or they could be construed as being in some way offensive. They got a good reception in Lincoln that evening.


Presumably this included the bits about people having six fingers and being very good at playing the banjo.
Frazier Cranium

I have genuinely been to funerals that are funnier than Michael McIntrye's chat show.
fartcatcher

begins to regret Michael McIntyre comparison
Dock

Just watched first and second episodes of W1A. A bonafide solid gold classic. The script is sharp, the acting great, and the thought-up job titles for Beeb execs are genius. Shows up the bullshit of modern mass media like nothing else. And the use of language and wordplay in not actually 'saying' anything is of a standard similar to that in Catch 22 by Joseph Heller IMHO. Ace.
Dock

Third episode brill. Including a great bit where a screenwriter from Wetherby visits the Beeb. This programme has too many superb characters to pick a favourite out.
Late Doors

It's set in the bbc but it could easily be any organisation. They're all there. The bosses that shift responsibility down, shirk accountability and do FA constructive. The dopey posh  intern/student. The two that everybody assumes must do something but no one is quite sure what. The staggeringly expensive waste of space but thick skinned consultant. The dogmatic obstructive head of department. The bullshitter who loves the sound of his own voice despite it actually saying nothing and a couple of put upon peeps that actually do the work.

All organisations have morphed into this homogenous hierarchy of inertia where the talking/doing ratio is about 90/10. It's everywhere. Talent, knowledge and experience have been replaced by identikit floating "linked in" CV builders who flit from company to company with their "one size fits all" ideas. Company reorganisations, redundancies and retirements  render any business continuity and process control nonexistent. Businesses end up running on  momentum with a few  key people actually doing things until exhaustion.  The idiots who caused it in the first place then move on to the next place.  W1A brilliantly captures all that.
fartcatcher

My last boss at a well known manufacturer of luxury vehicles actually said he wanted to get rid of all the 'do-ers'

And he did.

Now, like many other big corporates, they employ consultants to make their decisions for them, initiate service contracts to get all the work done, the few remaining employees become Supplier Relationship Managers,  all the intellectual property is lost , and they get ripped off to the tune of millions by their 'business partners'.
fartcatcher

More importantly.

Can anyone identify the theme music?
Forest

fartcatcher wrote:
More importantly.

Can anyone identify the theme music?


It's Animal Magic isn't it?
Dock

Watched the last episode last night. This really does deserve a good-sized series all to itself. The meeting where the PR Agency unveil the new BBC logo was priceless.
fartcatcher

Dock wrote:
Watched the last episode last night. This really does deserve a good-sized series all to itself. The meeting where the PR Agency unveil the new BBC logo was priceless.


It was only four episodes i think.

Forest - I reckon it was 'Ask The Family' with Robert Robinson.

I will do some Bearing style research on the subject.
fartcatcher

fartcatcher wrote:
Dock wrote:
Watched the last episode last night. This really does deserve a good-sized series all to itself. The meeting where the PR Agency unveil the new BBC logo was priceless.


It was only four episodes i think.

Forest - I reckon it was 'Ask The Family' with Robert Robinson.

I will do some Bearing style research on the subject.


 
Forest

fartcatcher wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
Dock wrote:
Watched the last episode last night. This really does deserve a good-sized series all to itself. The meeting where the PR Agency unveil the new BBC logo was priceless.


It was only four episodes i think.

Forest - I reckon it was 'Ask The Family' with Robert Robinson.

I will do some Bearing style research on the subject.


 


Well?
fartcatcher

Forest wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
Dock wrote:
Watched the last episode last night. This really does deserve a good-sized series all to itself. The meeting where the PR Agency unveil the new BBC logo was priceless.


It was only four episodes i think.

Forest - I reckon it was 'Ask The Family' with Robert Robinson.

I will do some Bearing style research on the subject.


 


Well?


er - It was Animal Magic - before my time  
Forest

fartcatcher wrote:
Forest wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
fartcatcher wrote:
Dock wrote:
Watched the last episode last night. This really does deserve a good-sized series all to itself. The meeting where the PR Agency unveil the new BBC logo was priceless.


It was only four episodes i think.

Forest - I reckon it was 'Ask The Family' with Robert Robinson.

I will do some Bearing style research on the subject.


 


Well?


er - It was Animal Magic - before my time  


Before my time too, we must have been watching repeats  
Late Doors

deffo in my time, essential viewing when i was a kid. Errr johnny's not in bother is he? please say it aint so.
Dock

*phones libel lawyer*
Dock

Anybody been watching the latest series? Only one episode left but it's been hilarious. To quote The BBC's Director of Strategic Governance Simon Harwood: "Brilliant!"

Heyho

Jessica Hynes is another of my 'switch the TV over' characters. Thought her character was great in the Royle Family but I saw her on Alan Carrs Chatty Man not long ago and she was a disgrace. She was so up her own arse you could get a shag and a blow job at the same time. So I won't watch anything with her in now.
Dock

Heyho wrote:
Jessica Hynes is another of my 'switch the TV over' characters. Thought her character was great in the Royle Family but I saw her on Alan Carrs Chatty Man not long ago and she was a disgrace. She was so up her own arse you could get a shag and a blow job at the same time. So I won't watch anything with her in now.


I've been a fan of hers since she was in Spaced with Simon Pegg. She's great in this. All that vacuous marketing jargon.
Plastic Man

Dock wrote:
All that vacuous marketing jargon.


I've just watched episode three and decided to contribute to the discussion. This would have included the phrase "vacuous jargon".

I appear to have been pre-empted.

Though it could be as easily applied to the BBC coporate bollocks-speak as to the marketing jargon.

As to Jessica Hynes, I didn't see her on Alan Carr's Chatty Man. I wonder if she was playing up to her irritating marketing persona for comedic effect on the progamme, rather than being herself?

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