The Chaser’s War on Funny
UPDATE: The ABC has just issued an apology to the Make a Wish Foundation
The worst thing about The Chaser’s sick kids skit last night was that it was the only funny thing on the show. If you missed the team’s “Make a Realistic Wish Foundation” parody you can see the whole show here.
I thought Chris Taylor’s hospital sketch was hilarious. Either I’m alone in this or am the only one prepared to admit it.
While this morning radio is going off about how “sick” the skit was, no doubt making the Chaser boys’ marketing department very very pleased with themselves, last night online the team got a far more damning reaction - luke warm, half-hearted indifference.
On Twitter viewers were using words like: “so so”, and “mediocre.”
Twitterer Nicole Grant said: “Surely they don’t expect us to laugh just because it’s controversial.”
Cameron Collie’s verdict: “I’d say that sketches where they’re facing imprisonment or getting shot are funny and everything else is 2nd rate Rove at best”. Ouch.
While Wholesalemagic wrote: “All the jokes on #thechaser that were filmed overseas were pretty mediocre - all that money spent for nothing.”
It looks like The Chaser team might have fallen victim to the hype around their long-awaited come back. After the world-beating APEC stunt they were national heroes for a couple of months.
But there’s nothing so Australian as deciding we’re over something we loved 18 months ago and turning on it with gusto. The Chaser boys might be glad that this time around they’ve only got ten episodes lined up. Two down, eight to go.
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