What to say of you liked it:
A unique comedy genius flourishing in a friendly, fertile environment.
What to say if you didn’t like it:
A parochial performer of questionable quality pandering to a partisan audience.
What was good about it?
• The routine on answering machines and cordless phones.
• The Slimming World sketch where Carol broke a nail and consequently broke her confidence and ultimately her strict diet.
• The way Kay frequently rescued a directionless ramble with a hilarious observation. (“HobNobs are the Steven Segal” of biscuit tea dunking; the way little boys do aeroplane impressions on the dancefloor at wedding receptions, and the dads’ favourite of the “walking to the dancefloor dance”.)
• Kay’s evocative paean to Bullseye. (“There’s Leanne in her stonewashed jeans with “Love” and “Hat” tattooed on her knuckles. She lost a finger.”; and the uselessness of a speedboat to a couple from Tamworth.)
What was bad about it?
• The way the cameras focused on the audience laughter that gave it the sporadic ambience of one of ITV1’s dreadful An Audience With shows.
• A few indulgent catchphrases. (“Garlic bread?”)
• Finishing on a song. It didn’t work for Monty Python, Red Dwarf, Smack The Pony and countless others. Only Father Ted and The Two Ronnies have managed to master
that most difficult art.