|I agree - but Connell and Florence are very much part of the Scottish comedy "canon," with multiple series under their belt. Your average commissioning editor isn't going to take as many chances on new performers, even with episodes already in the can, and it looks like Gary: Tank Commander got the nod instead of Limmy this time round.|
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mal wrote:i disagree with your assessment there, it's not perfect and there are some duff sketches but there is a lot of intelligent comedy in there as well and doesn't pander or 'dumb-down' to the audience in the way a bbc3 show does.
I found Burnistown to be distinctly BBC three-standard sketch show done in a Scottish accent. Certainly not a patch on Limmy.
mal 24,483 posts
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I can agree with that - Burnistown is not all bad, although I think we'll have a hard time agreeing on the ratio of good to bad in that show. You didn't say whether you prefer it to Limmy's show. In case you weren't aware, they show Burnistown on BBC England, but they don't show Limmy.
ach, don't get me wrong, they are a bit hit and miss, although i probably enjoyed more of the sketches than you did! there are some absolute classics there as well tho, particularly the talking lift, the dee road roundabout and the throwing the ginger bottle at a ned sketches.
not trying to be diplomatic but i don't have a preference, i enjoy both equally and see them as two different entities. limmy absolutely deserves a third series; i think he handled the "difficult second album" brilliantly because the tone of the show changed but the quality arguably improved. he has a brilliant way of splicing comedy with intelligent observation and i also like the way he challenges some of societies idiocracies like in the sketch where he thinks cancer has been cured seeing as no-one wears those yellow wrist bands anymore; "surely it wasn't just some sort of fashion fad".
limmys show is better imo, but burnistoun is right up there as well, glad it's getting an airing outside scotland!
now i just wish they would bring back 'the high life'...
I think the number of characters that Limmy slung out for the second series is exactly the reason why it was so good. For someone who is so new to TV, his ability to get rid of things *before* they get tired is rare and brave. He has definitely developed "Limmy" as a character, too, both on and off the TV - the time when he managed to get Conservative Home riled up on Twitter is one of the funniest things I've seen on there.
As for the Burnistoun lot? Well, I'm really looking forward to what Rab Florence is going to do with his new games related videos on the Internet next year, and I enjoy reading his stuff on RPS.
Either way, it doesn't matter which series you prefer, I think it's easy to agree that they both deserve success outside of Scotland. They bring a different type of humour to British TV comedy, one which is (IMO) currently under-represented in spite of the reputation of UK comedy.
thedaveeyres 12,246 posts
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Limmy is the king of twitter. Easily the best thing on there.
Episode three tomorrow night.
Thought the first episode of this series was okaaaay, but that the second was brilliant. The first had a fair few misses (the shop assistant sketches were brutal, and I didn't enjoy Dee Dee, Jacqueline or the park ones), but the second really didn't. The only thing was that there were too many Party Chat sketches, but they were all funny in isolation.
It's still great.
Also brilliant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jpVyGv-SAg
"I'm up there... feedin' it"
"What's your hing? ; ) "
The look on the shopkeeper's face at the CCTV suggestion.
Holy shit, that was AMAZING.
I didn't like the third episode apart from the Dream Scheme thing. The one just on (the 'live' episode) was complete genius, IMO.
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I thought this was a Kiwi's thread about Motorhead.
anthonypappa wrote:I hate to be 'that' guy, but this is genuinely a case of you 'not getting it'.
i find this to be ten times more miss than hit.
the structure is off, 90% of the stuff has no 'punchline' - some random shit just ends, and you're like... WTF?!
burnistown was better, i enjoyed much more of it, but it suffered from the same problem - just not as badly.
think the bbc are trying to find the next chewin the fat/still game, and sign up any old pish
opalw00t 11,779 posts
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I took about half an episode until it clicked for me and I'm finding it really good now. Shame it's only on Scotland - so many people won't find out about it.
anthonypappa wrote:If you're searching for punchlines and some kind of closure, in the conventional sense, you're watching the wrong show.
not it's not, it's just crap.
and i love stupid random sketches. JOLLY BOY JOHN!!
but there are good ones and poors ones.
these are generally poor.
CannonAnBall 751 posts
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I've watched a few shows now. Not my cup of tea but I can understand why people like it. Got a couple of laughs but that's it.
Not enough sketch shows around in my opinion which is why I think Limmy is doing well.