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15th-Jun-2012 05:34 pm
Mock the Week (Russell is Frankie's Bitc
Okay. I have to ask this. Who does Micky Flanagan appeal to? Is it something I am missing? Is he actually wonderful in real life? Or super inexpensive and willing to work at short notice? Or do people actually find his horrible schtick funny? (It's probably that last one, isn't it? How fucking depressing.) Ugh, whatever it is, I wish he'd stop getting booked for the things I like to watch (or would like to watch, since he's successfully nixed a couple by being in them.)

I basically spent this entire episode wishing both Andy and Micky would disappear. I miss David Mitchell on MtW so, so much. I liked Nathan Caton, though. His story during Angela Smerkal's Comedy Bailout, while no doubt a load of fiction, was kind of adorable. (I adore Chris Addison as everyone here knows, and the points are a lie, but Caton deserved to win that round. Also, Addison was at his very trolliest in this episode. I have never seen him troll harder.)
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15th-Jun-2012 08:47 am (UTC)
MICKY FLANAGAN IS THE WORST. I want him to get off my television now, please. I don't generally watch Mock the Week, so I haven't seen the episode you're specifically referring to here, but I've seen him on other panel shows and he always makes them unwatchable. There are other comedians I'm not a fan of, but there's no other who has quite so deeply negative an effect as Micky Flanagan.
15th-Jun-2012 08:55 am (UTC)
YES. I am glad you agree. I absolutely cannot stand him. I have never once found him amusing and his whole act makes me rage, but he's suddenly in all of these things I want to watch.
15th-Jun-2012 11:47 am (UTC)
He's hugely popular here at the moment, I'm afraid. (My sister really likes him and so bought his DVD for my Dad for Christmas. I sat there with my headphones in because I refused to watch.) I don't like him very much either - but after years of tuning Andy out I can basically wash him out of the show without a thought.

I suspect he's available a lot because he's one of the London comedians.

I also don't think we'll ever see David on there again because I suspect he's amongst the protesting against the Mock The Week boys club comedians. Because, after all, I'm never joking when I say Chris Addison is the most feminist panellist on Mock The Week. (Even the lady comedians they do have on cleave to the same old tired comedy mediocre female comedians have been peddling for years. It infuriates me because I know there are better funnier female comedians out there that won't go on it because of the Boys Club.)

There was a time where Mock The Week was better than HIGNFY. That time has passed quite rapidly. :(
15th-Jun-2012 12:06 pm (UTC)
Even the lady comedians they do have on cleave to the same old tired comedy mediocre female comedians have been peddling for years.

I'm not sure that's fair.

I like Ava Vidal and Andi Osho and they were both on in the last two series. You just know that the women a) self-censor to material they think will appeal to a broad-ranging audience, and b) get ruthlessly edited out.

Would I prefer someone who knows their stuff? Yes. Sadly they all refuse to go on, like you point out, because of items a and b. This is a fault of the producers/whoever is in charge of booking --- not the comedians themselves.

Well. Not all of them. Certainly not the women who are woman enough to go on. A huge problem in my view is this idea it's a competition? Because it's not, actually, and there's no need to cut people off. I once watched an episode where Chris Addison tried to make a point five times and got silenced on each occasion. He either gave up or his point then got edited out. I've seen episodes where female comedians are on purely in terms of "look, there she is, hey, she gets to pick the category, and now the show is over."

I mean, to me, it really seems like any comedian who goes on Mock the Week goes for the lowest and cheapest shot, to an extent. They dumb down a lot of their material/show one side of their persona in order to appeal. It's just especially noticeable with the females, because we all know female comedians who don't make a huge fact of being female aren't funny, amirite? Hell, even if they do, they're still usually not funny, are they? Who thinks women are funny?

Oh. That's right. Anyone with half a brain.

WORD on your final point. It just depresses me, because format-wise I really like the show, and when they have panellists I like on, it's still an excellently entertaining show. I have always really enjoyed Dara, he's one of my favourite comedians. But I do sit here and just boggle that so many people I do like and respect continue to engage with this show that is so flawed, doesn't seem to change in ways it needs to, and continues to book someone as disgustingly ignorant (or pretending to be as disgustingly ignorant) as Micky fucking Flanagan.

Huh. It turns out this show gives me all the feels. I apologise for splurging at you. :///
15th-Jun-2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
Also, can I commiserate with you on your sister's awful, awful taste? I know she's your sister, but, damn. I feel the same disappointment I feel at my brother on occasions when he says he loves Katy Perry.
15th-Jun-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm just happy to know that a new series has started. :)
I've been going through all the old ones on Youtube lately, and I'm at Series 6, already missing Rory and thinking how much I'll miss Frankie. (I'm really good at sentimentalizing early series/seasons of shows I like, apparently.)
16th-Jun-2012 08:30 am (UTC)
Rory was lovely. I don't miss Frankie, because he really appeared to go off the boil.
15th-Jun-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
oh no, what's happened to David Mitchell? He's not on anymore?? *sadface*
16th-Jun-2012 08:29 am (UTC)
David hasn't been on for years and years!
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