Robert Hampton

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24th November 2005

Disappointed Horse
Posted by at 10.20pm | 1 response | Uncategorised

I’m really not sure about Little Britain at all now. I feel almost obliged to like it, since I have a ticket to the live show at the Liverpool Empire this weekend, and don’t want to be disappointed. On the other hand, tonight’s show seemed to rely more than ever on oft-repeated jokes and mannerisms, and thus suffered from the law of diminishing returns.

I spoke too soon about the vomiting old ladies being gone — they were there and still doing the same “joke” tonight. We got Mrs Emery in almost the same sketch as last week (only it was in a Post Office instead of a supermarket, so it’s entirely different) and Vicky Pollard saying “yeah but no but yeah” for the umpteenth time.

I missed the very beginning of the show, so didn’t see the Richard and Judy sketch, sadly. On the good side, we did get to hear Matt Lucas yelling “Margaret! Margaret!” in a Mr Mann sketch tonight. The insulting university worker (“Chewbacca in a bikini”) was good again too.

LB can still be funny, but it lacks the subtlety which made the first series so good. We’ve lost characters like Kenny Craig, Dennis Waterman and Ray McCooney, seemingly because they didn’t provide enough opportunity to refer to bodily functions. To my jaded eyes it looks as though Lucas and Walliams are going for the easy laugh every time, which is a great shame.

One Response
  1. Comment by Seb
    25th November 2005 at 7:24 am

    Shame you missed the opening Lou and Andy sketch; it was probably the only genuinely funny sketch in the whole thing, although I thought Mr Mann raised a couple of laughs (which it really shouldn’t do, but somehow does).