Let Down by Harry and Paul
After plugging the Happy & Paul show over the weekend on PATV, I sat in front of the other screen last night hot with anticipation. The G20 sketch with the Italian PM trying to bribe his UK counterpart is a terrific piece of writing and acting, and assumed that the rest of the show would be of a similar standard.
Unfortunately that was not the case.
There were a couple of laugh-out-loud moments, especially the line of bouquet-bearing suitors in the coffee shop. Then again, I am in love with Laura Solon, so my critical faculties may well have been suspended during that sketch.
Some of the show was edgy, some of it was uncomfortable (nothing wrong with that). The acting was of a high standard (especially Whitehouse), the production values showed great care and attention.
But it just wasn’t funny.
Some of it must have been funny on paper: indeed, the very thought of “Dr Who – the ITV years” makes me smile now. But in execution,the Reg Varney / On the Buses homage was woeful. Actually, beyond woeful. Embarrassing.
So if you tuned in because of my implied recommendation, apologies for that. And if you tuned in becasue you’re a H&P fan, I share your pain.
By way of compensation, here’s 7 minutes of silent gold from ‘Frasier’:
Now THAT’S funny.