||[May. 20th, 2006|05:33 pm]
Jaded Hacks Anonymous.
Okay I have decided to review the ten seconds that it took the signal to get from my brain to get to my legs to tell them to get tup and leave the room during 'Just for laughs' on BBC1.
Just for laughs is an example of the worst kind of lowest-common-denominator television, the kind that isn't even very popular. It occupies a slot in the BBC timetable between the News and My Family (another less than popular time-filler). In the ten minutes that I saw overbearing laugh tracks played alongside stock organ music whilst onscreen simpering idiots were mildly confused in sub-beadlesque non-pranks (a man pretended to give someone a glasses cleaning demo, during which he pretened to smash their glasses). That was all there was to it, no overarching narrative, no sardonic commentary or socio-political comtent. As Jim Carey once said whist portraying Andy Kaufman in the film 'Man in the moon', whenever you hear canned laughter that's the laughter of dead people. So there you have it, generic japes , music and the laughter of corpses. There really isn't anything in the program which indicates when it was made and I have an uneasy feeling that it could actually be knocked up from unused Noel's House Party stock footage. I've never heard anybody mentioning or having enjoyed this programme and it's awful. I can only assume that it's ignored enough to stay beneath most people's radar and to avoid anybody actually noticing it for long enough to write a letter of complaint.
Seriously though, the BBC tries to champion itself as a centre of culture and they make such a fuss of their contribution to new comedy that they should be ashamed of this retarded display of remarkable monotony. To be honest I wouldn't even expect this level of tosh from ITV. It's so very bad that it's even below children's ITV quality. They could have just filmed some classical music being performed or showed a repeat. The people who write and make and anybody even remotely linked to this show would by any karmic law die painfully in a display of cruel and unusual public humiliation.