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19th-Jun-2010 02:21 am
Loz Rambles
I find The Mitchell and Webb Situation around nine hundred times more amusing than That Mitchell and Webb Look, and I've been trying to figure out exactly why, but I can't. Personally, I think the ratio between 'hit' and 'miss' is skewed much more towards 'miss' in the latter show. And although the 'hits' have larger budgets, they still don't make me laugh as hard as those in Situation do.

I have to say, I actually think this is one of my favourite sketches of all time. And I have watched a lot of sketch comedy, both good and very, very bad. The thing that really sells this for me is David's performance. His character's just so confused, bless him. Robert is also brilliant. It is by no means an original concept, it isn't telling us anything we didn't already know, but I still find it utterly hilarious.

Once again, David's performance here is fairly fantastic. Plus, the framing and use of sound effects and editing is wonderful. And that church looks fucking freezing.

This is just CUTE, and also, I am in love with Olivia Colman.

18th-Jun-2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
...but...but...the camera! One of them should've scooped up the camera! XD
19th-Jun-2010 01:12 am (UTC)
That was my reaction after the fourth time I saw it.
18th-Jun-2010 06:14 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say that I find that many times more amusing but I do enjoy Situation more. I'm not entirely sure why, but I do think the ratio of hits to misses is higher in it as you said.

Olivia Colman is awesome. She has impeccable comic timing.
19th-Jun-2010 01:14 am (UTC)
I was exaggerating for effect :D

I can't put my finger on whether it's a sensibility issue; the tone of the humour (which I think, generally speaking, is darker in Look.) Or a style issue; tiny budgets ensured they had to have everything simple, contributing to the sensibility.
19th-Jun-2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Hee, I know.;)

For me, as I really don't mind the darker tone, I feel that it's more the case of the smaller bugets ensuring that things were kept simpler and sharper. The writing is more "on" with the Situation, I think.

I also agree with piapiapiano, I find their radio series funnier than either TV show.
18th-Jun-2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I agree with you on this, but neither show is as good as their radio series. They seem to take a lot longer to get to the funny stuff on TV -- maybe they want to show off the costumes and sets or something. Even when they lift jokes straight from the radio series to the TV, the delivery ends up being a lot more stilted. It's odd.

My favourite bit from TMAWSituation is when they're being god and discussing reproductive organs. :D "...for stacking?" always makes me laugh.
19th-Jun-2010 01:17 am (UTC)
I've only listened to one episode of their radio series (the one you told me to listen to, a couple of years ago, when I had no idea the 'Mitchell' was David Mitchell!) I have them, so you can expect me saying something about them soon, no doubt.

That sketch almost made the cut, too, but then I decided it's ultimately part of a longer series of sketches, and Robert and David holding hands slipped in instead.
19th-Jun-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Oh my. I can't wait for you to hear the sketch about counting whales. That might be my all-time favourite thing on radio ever -- not just radio comedy, but ALL RADIO EVER.
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