Silly name but worth a laugh
IRECKON you should give Laid a go. Just have a look at it. It’s got problems. I’ll say that straight up. The premise is silly. It would be less silly if Roo, the main character, was a 90-year-old woman, but as a 30-year-old or whatever it’s farcical. And not farcical like the Marx Brothers either.
But it is a comedy. And Roo is likeable and amusing. Especially stacked up against the nongs she works with at the market research company, who are painful in the extreme. Earnest. Which is just about the worst thing ever in the workplace. Or anywhere. Roo’s always taking test products home. My favourite line of the entire first episode is when she hands over a box of soy things to her flatmate EJ. ‘‘ Try the chocolate. It tastes like Steiner kids’ smell.’’ I love that line. But just as EJ is putting her nose into the jar, Roo’s mother phones with some bad news about an old boyfriend, Brendan Atherton. Not really a boyfriend. EJ knew him too, but can’t actually remember what he looks like. Anyway, he’s dead, an incident with kava.
If Roo’s being frank he was a dud in bed. Still, she decides to go to the funeral. She might be the kind of person who has a little cry at funerals, she’s decided. She and EJ toast Brendan Atherton, because it’s what he would’ve wanted. ‘‘ I think he would’ve wanted us to get pizza as well,’’ EJ says.
The second episode next week features a showy turn from Shaun Micallef as a gynaecologist. It’s his best work since Newstopia.
Yes. This is an Australian comedy. Does that make a difference? It’s hard not to be turned off by just the thought of it, I can’t really blame you. Some of them have been a nightmare. I mean, not like those fantastic American sitcoms, right? Exactly. And look how much money they’ve got. A thousand times the amount anyone else spends. Twenty-seven writers. Just stupidity coming out their pores. So, you know, they’ve got no excuse.
Laid— I hate the name. And the theme song is juvenile. It’s like it’s the Benny Hill Show. But those things don’t matter. There might be enough here to get you through and you’ve suddenly got a new show to watch. Or not.
Laid, starts Wednesday, ABC1, 9pm.