We tried it. Beehive.
"A quartet of bin-loving Russell Brands"? Check.
"A dating duck"? Check.
"A Sex And The City spoof that's truly worth the wait"? Check.
The quotes are from last week's Guardian Guide. Those sketches were in the first ten minutes. Ten minutes of shit.
I like women that make me laugh. I'm married to one. I wouldn't want to live with a woman who didn't make me laugh.
But why oh why have there been so few funny women on the telly in recent years?
There was Caroline Aherne, usually.
There was Victoria Wood, sometimes.
There was Susie Essman (Susie Greene in Curb Your Enthusiasm).
There was Jane Turner (Kath Day-Knight in Kath & Kim).
There was Ruth Jones in Gavin & Stacey.
There were Sharon Horgan, Tanya Franks and Rebekah Staton in Pulling.
There's still Maggie Jones (Blanche Hunt in Corrie).
Nope, that's it. There has been a dearth of funny women on the telly.
They've come on their own, in duos or in gaggles like these Beehive bitches. And they've all have one thing in common. They're *zany*, *wacky* and extremely unfunny.
I don't think it's a class thing. They're not necessarily middle class. They haven't necessarily been to university. But they do all think they're funny when they're not. It's so depressing.
I'm not just down on unfunny women this week, though. Last night we watched the latest Screenwipe. Charlie Brooker was sucking up to some writers including comedy writers Graham Linehan and the two blokes who write Peep Show.
Whatever Linehan might have had he's clearly lost as anyone can see by watching ten minutes of The (bloody awful) IT Crowd. But there he was proud of his latest work and blatantly admitting he spends lots of time surfing the internet for source material. Of course we all know the internet is a treasure trove of hilarity. Let's just hope he doesn't go as far as plagiarism, shall we?
The two Peep Show blokes were dull as ditchwater. Meanwhile Brooker is nodding away, receiving good vibes from the writers, hoping he can use these writing tips in his next second rate fictional series.
As I've heard time and time again, it was reiterated by all the writers on view that writing is about rewriting. Apparently you start off with something rambling and shit and you hone it down, fiddle with it, dress it up 'til it becomes a small, glistening turd.
Or something like that.
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