Talkin’ ’Bout our funny men

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THE fun­ni­est home­grown tal­ent on air right now isn’t even some­one I think of as a co­me­dian— Shaun Mi­callef. He’s clearly funny, but not ev­ery­thing he’s in is funny. I’m not think­ing of when he played Lee Freed­man in The Cup, ei­ther; more Talkin’ ’Bout Your Gen­er­a­tion, which is a re­ally good ex­am­ple of what com­mer­cial tele­vi­sion does a lot of now, which is tries to make a show that ap­peals to as many of us as pos­si­ble; ul­ti­mately an un­happy goal.

But Mi­callef is some­one who has his own show, which says all we need to know about him. Any­one who gets given their own show is re­garded as money in the bank.

Look at Hamish and Andy. Not a guar­an­teed hit for Nine. I don’t give a knob about the Lo­gie — there is not a per­son alive who will stick with a weak show be­cause it’s ‘‘ won’’ a tro­phy. Last year’s first se­ries of Gap Year un­der-per­formed. Let’s be frank. And by un­der-per­formed I mean it didn’t meet the stan­dards ex­pected of some­thing go­ing by the name of a com­edy.

I don’t care about rat­ings, only in the sense that high rat­ings re­sult in more of that show for us. And Nine knew this was a show that was go­ing to be tricky to marry to the right au­di­ence, be­cause it gave it a Thurs­day night times­lot.

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