Friday, 21 February 2014

House of Fools is brilliant, you twat

There's several types of comedy out there. There's the family friendly (Michael McIntyre, panel shows, Outnumbered etc), the outrageous (usually the offensive kind of stand up you find on YouTube), and then there's the one that I feel the British do particularly well; the surreal. From Spike Milligan to Monty Python to Mighty Boosh, the UK has made subversive humour their own. The mixture of ridiculousness, the unexpected and quite often satire, makes for quite an intoxicating concoction.

House of Fools is an alternative take of the Modern Family type of sitcom. After the iconic Shooting Stars was cancelled, Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer turned their talents to the traditional "in front of a live audience", family in one room type show. But in this version they sing, beat each other up with microwaves, fake their own death, and chase toupee stealing moles between houses. Also starring Matt Berry, Daniel Simonsen, Morgana Robinson and Dan Skinner, House of Fools starts off strange and puerile, but quickly becomes a glorious example the surreal humour previously talked about.

Some people find this type of humour harder to bear. The viewing figures for this show started off at 1.27 million, and dwindled down to 758,000. The BBC have stated that they may very well cancel the series, but good old Stephen Fry has started a twitter campaign #saveHoF in order to show their appreciation. Reeves and Mortimer may not win awards for their comedy, but they have left an indelible mark on the UK comedy landscape with their irreverent humour.

I believe that this type of humour is being quietly pushed put for the homogenised crap that appears far too often on our TV's. If you loved House of Fools as much as me and Richee, show your support by tweeting #saveHoF and tell all your friends to watch it.

Layla

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