Talkin’ ’Bout our funny men
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.