If you love ‘Fonejacker’, ‘You’ve Been Framed’ and the audition phases of talent shows before the weirdos get thrown off, you’ll love this new sketch show. Billed as a ‘genre hybrid that mixes the conventions of structured reality with those of a traditional sketch show’ – ie a show in which some very strange people use their own scripted dialogue in ‘enhanced’ scenes and set-ups – it’s not without its charms.
At its worst, however, laughing at people like Kev, the white-haired witch trying to cast a spell on an estate agent, or Stella, the fashion designer attempting to persuade a boutique to stock her sanitary towel, or idiotic Jonny and his excruciatingly bad chat-up lines, makes for uncomfortable viewing.
But the sketches where the humour’s done with affection – watching bug-eyed as gay care-home worker Alan reads his elderly charges gay porn, or wannabe actress Dorota and her husband add their magical spin to scenes from ‘The Shining’ and ‘Dracula’ – really do raise a smile. It might well offer clues as to whether the joke’s on them or us.