Some things in life serve only to induce rage. No matter how small these annoyances may be, they are never insignificant. 'Rant List' is the chronicle of one self-loathing narcissist's seemingly unending pettiness.

Monday, 20 September 2010

24. The repetitiveness of sketch shows

^ Every once in a while, I just sit in my room shouting random numbers, waiting for someone to tell me that it's Numberwang. It's a very lonely game.

I used to really love sketch shows but after a while, you realise they’re all the same thing. They find one or two sketches that are moderately funny and repeat them for an entire series, barely editing the premise of the joke in order to establish some continuity of a catchphrase and character. This occasionally works well (That Mitchell & Webb Look’s ‘Numberwang’) and more often than not, becomes tired and annoying (That Mitchell & Webb Look’s ‘Numberwang’). Sketch shows are increasingly devoid of original sketches, depending on a small set of scenarios that they hope to repeat ad infinitum until you reach the point where you watch an entire series only to notice that every episode of it was indistinguishable from the last. It’s not even like the series are long – what, about six episodes per series? And you’re telling me you couldn’t come up with six episodes worth of original material? Then you shouldn’t be making a sketch show. Come back when you’ve got enough material for a series and until then, stop taking the easy way out.

Oh, and whilst we’re on the topic, yes Catherine Tate, I am bothered. I am bothered by the putrid visual display you call ‘The Catherine Tate Show’. You’re about as funny as a hernia*.

*Joey having a hernia in Friends is the exception to the rule 'hernias aren't funny'.

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