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Problems

Wed Dec 4, 10.40-11.10pm, Dave

Problems
By Gabriel Tate |
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Series one, episode one
Love oddball Ozcoms ‘Wilfred’ and ‘The Castle’? Then ‘Problems’ will induce an almighty bout of déjà vu with its men in animal costumes and moronic suburbanites. Sam Simmons’s oddball sketch show is certainly derivative (‘The Mighty Boosh’ is also a clear influence), but has real charm and the occasional belly laugh as moustachioed loner Sam (Simmons) addresses a seemingly trivial issue in his life with disproportionate zeal and determination.

This opener sees him on the warpath after ‘Dr Mexico Tacos’ change their seasoning mix, and takes in a family of upwardly mobile moths, an office worker with his own theme tune and a quiz master (reminiscent, it has to be said, of Murray from ‘Flights of the Conchords’) with sex on the brain. To say more would be to try making sense out of the nonsensical, and some of the tics are irritating. But for those in indulgent mood, there’s much to enjoy.

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