Sunday, February 06, 2011

That's Gonna Leave a Skid Mark

British comedian, actor, and three-time celebrity guest on Top Gear, Steve Coogan, wrote a column for the Telegraph in which he beats down the TG hosts harder than a Mexican carjacking:

There is a strong ethical dimension to the best comedy. Not only does it avoid reinforcing prejudices, it actively challenges them. Put simply, in comedy, as in life, we ought to think before we speak. This wasn't one of those occasions. In fact, the comments were about as funny as a cold sweat followed by shooting pains down the left arm. In fact, if I can borrow from the Wildean wit of Richard Hammond, the comic approach was "lazy", "feckless" and "flatulent".

Richard has his tongue so far down the back of Jeremy's trousers he could forge a career as the back end of a pantomime horse. His attempt to foster some Clarkson-like maverick status with his "edgy" humour is truly tragic. He reminds you of the squirt at school as he hangs round Clarkson the bully, as if to say, "I'm with him". Meanwhile, James May stands at the back holding their coats as they beat up the boy with the stutter.

...The Lads have this strange notion that if they are being offensive it bestows on them a kind of anti-establishment aura of coolness; in fact, like their leather jackets and jeans, it is uber-conservative (which isn't cool).

He also says some nice stuff about Mexicans not actually being lazy, feckless and flatulent (wisely remaining silent on the "overweight" charge.)

We know we said this whole thing was stupid right for the start, and have now posted four items on it. Mexicans don't need Steve Coogan to defend them, but we'd still like to see him become a hero here, if only because it increases the chances that 24 Hour Party People, which would be on our short list of the best films of the last decade, but is completely unavailable here - might show up in a newly-minted "Steve Coogan" section at our local bootleg DVD seller.


Long John Silver said...

Tell the bootleg DVD seller it is available here:

'ang the Queen! said...

Interesting the British comedian you quoted had to reference the Irish (not English) wit Oscar Wilde as a benchmark to those pathetic third rate versions of "Click and Clack, the Car Guys". Think about it... the only British comedians most foreigners enjoy is Monty Python, which owes more to the American, Ernie Kovacs than to British models.

Besides, who would buy a British car... they're like the British, right?: unfashionable, unreliable, wasteful, pretentious and requiring foreign capital and expertise to be at all acceptable in the marketplace.

Anonymous said...

In defense of truly funny British comedy, I suggest watching the third season of The Mighty Boosh.