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World on the tweet is that a 2nd series has been comissioned.
Good stuff BBC. Well done.
which for a comedian is not great. File in the cabinet marked 'Insightful and interesting but not amusing' next to Bill Hicks.
I can get why you might not find him amusing, but at least he has more the one routine.
Maybe the BBC is sorting it out; axing 'The Persuasionists', commissioning more of this, willing to back more 'Thick of it' if Ianucci wants to do it. Good stuff.
He was saying at Christmas that he wasn't expecting it to be recommissioned for another series. Good to see that the BBC are committing to some stuff with a bit more edge to it as well as the usual diet of sitcoms and suchlike.
the BBC realises this stuff has a lot more longevity and is often cheaper to make than something like the Green Green Grass.
it's incredibly cheap to do - would be even moreso if he hadn't done the not particularly good cut-away segments. (Although one or two were gold)
Even Coming of Age got a second series!
but this was dreadful
as it was essentially just his stand up with some fairly rubbish sketches shoved in that made it seem worse than it was.
his stand up is pretty divisive in itself as well. A lot of the techniques he uses are pretty unusual and can alienate people pretty easily, particularly now he's in his early 40s.
What came over as a confident brash student 20 years ago can sometimes look like it's a sneering jealous fat bloke now - the style's the same, but the context is a little different. Similarly, the pacing, pauses, repetition, way he plays with/deconstructs language and tells a story throughout his entire set simply doesn't work for some people - or in a 30 minute (rather than 70 minute) set since there's not time for it.
Definitely needs to drop the sketches next time round.
And his stand up which usually I rate was really, really, really below par
painfully unfunny. One was absolutely hilarious. Most fluctuated wildly between the two.
The jokes usually impact through being either totally brutal or needing a bit of nous to work out. Sometimes the line had to be drawn before it went 'overboard' and sometimes the subtleties of the humour were lost. For me that meant some of his better routines, which i could watch on repeat, like the political correctness one with his Nan, were much worse. My view anyway.
and he was genuinely surprised that his tour was bigger than the last one, he was saying that his audience on the tour had gone up by about 20%, but he didn't think 'Comedy Vehicle' would get a second series. It wasn't the best thing he's ever done and I'd heard alot of the material before, but most importantly, it wasn't Jimmy Carr..
There is also a boring explanation for why it took so long. Lucy Lumsden, who was in charge of the BBC Comedy department, left for Sky in the Summer, and I think she had been Stew's champion. She wasn't replaced by Cheryl Taylor until the autumn, and after that the department began to relocate to Manchester, so it all took time.
Taylor has commissioned Spaced and Black Books in the past though and hopefully she'll make a few more decisions along the same lines.
I really enjoyed Comedy Vehicle Series 1 and looking forward to S2.
"Harry Potter's rubbish isn't it? So's the Da Vinci Code!"
I dunno, I just didn't enjoy it that much. I never really did a proper belly laugh at any point, it was more of a slight chuckle and an "I see what he did there".
As I said up above, I don't think his stand up works so well in 30 minute bursts, and to be fair I think in some cases he hamstrung himself a bit by trying to write stuff that would be a little more inclusive for a TV audience. Nor did the sketches work on the whole - in some cases they broke up any flow that the standup was getting.
He was also writing much of the material 18 months before it was broadcast and recording about three months earlier, which is probably why he largely avoided topical stuff - it didn't have the turn around time that something like HIGNFY does.
Despite all those problems though, for me it crapped all over most of last year's TV schedules.
Brilliant comedian, great show!
He is by far the best stand up I know of and has a good taste in music... can DIS please get Stewart Lee to interview Mark E Smith/Robert Pollard or the other way round?
They were a bit hit and miss, but some of them (e.g. the one about Del Boy falling through the bar) were hilarious.
Plus, anything that gets Kevin Eldon on my TV screen is ok by me.