Tuesday 9 October 2007

RTÉ's The English Class

The English Class is RTÉ's latest comedy offering. I missed the first episode last week, so I caught the second one last night.

Adjectives flounder at a chasm of mongrel incompetence.

I should launch into a vitriolic deconstruction of everything that is wrong about this 'comedy', but I am too tired. Not physically tired mind, but emotionally. That vapid muck has sucked from me the will to hate.

It was The Office re-imagined by a mental patient with a penchant for crippled puppy torture and the IQ of a satchel of soggy, lukewarm nappies.

It was more excruciating than Twink playing the title role in "Dida: The Musical".

It was like a Michael Bay film without explosions or breasts.


Ronan Casey said...

I caught this for the first time last night too. What are you talking about? It was brilliant! Errr... forgive me, I jest. Jesus it was fucking God awful! Was this someones LCVP project for audio visual studies perhaps?

It was The Office re-imagined by a mental patient with a penchant for crippled puppy torture and the IQ of a satchel of soggy, lukewarm nappies.

Couldn't have put it better myself.

John Cav said...

Ronan: It is truly deserving of a place in the lexicon of great RTE comedy scheduling... Upwardly Mobile, The Cassidys, Stew... Wow.

slurkid57 said...

I haven't seen this, but I can imagine what it's like.

I know I'm not the first person to say this, but sit-coms have really taken a dive since The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm came along.

Now, even the supposedly clever comedies, all follow the same formula: take someone with lower than average social skills, put them in an awkward situation and watch them squirm.

Whatever happened to a bit of fun, some snappy back and fourths, or god forbid, an incisive observation humorously phrased and delivered with impeccable timing?

John Cav said...
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John Cav said...

Slurkid: I totally agree. Completely ripping off these shows just leaves us in the worst of both worlds. The socially retarded narcissist device must stop. It's quite boring at this stage.

However, there needs to be a balance as well. There are definite lessons to be learnt from shows like The Office and Curb... The easy flow of dialogue, the realistic characters, the touches of pathos.

Does anybody really want a return to the stale sitcom format of the 90s:


Ethnic Male Stereotype #1: Hey dear, I just hate the way you take so long to get ready.

Ethnic Female Stereotype #1: I would be quicker if you would ever put the toilet seat down afterwards.

E. M. S. #1: That's what I said to your mother-in-law and comic relief single younger sister!

E. F. S. #1: That's it. No sex for you tonight.


Ethnic Male Stereotype #2: Catchphrase!

Joe said...

The worst thing is that it also rips off an English sit-com called 'Mind Your Language' which was considered offensive back in its day ('70s I think).

The last great ensemble comedy was 'Arrested Development'.

And that was cancelled.

John Cav said...

Joe: Quite true dude. A nerdy Asian male, an Eastern European "sex worker", a feisty Latin woman... Not at all crudely written and offensively stereotypical!

Speaking of AD::

"It ain't easy bein' white,
It ain't easy bein' brown,
All this pressure to be bright,
I got childrens all over town!"

Ah, Gob and Franklin. Almost as subtle as The English Class... Almost.