The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

A POSTER for this sad old ex­cuse for a movie prom­ises “the great­est jokes ever told ... get told!”

That ain’t quite the case with That’s Not My Dog!

This pur­ports to be a filmed doc­u­ment of a party where (ac­cord­ing to a promo blurb) Shane Ja­cob­son in­vited “the fun­ni­est peo­ple he knows” to “come armed with noth­ing but the fun­ni­est jokes they’ve ever heard”.

On the ev­i­dence pre­sented here, only one of two con­clu­sions can be drawn: one, if these are the fun­ni­est peo­ple Ja­cob­son knows, he needs to get out more of­ten; or two, if these are the fun­ni­est jokes these peo­ple have ever heard, they need to get their hear­ing checked straight away.

Most gags are very old, run­down and have seen bet­ter days. Some jaded jokesters lazily try to ren­o­vate them with a bonus swear word or two, which just makes them all the more de­crepit.

Speak­ing of lazy, word must go out to any po­ten­tial view­ers of That’s Not My Dog! who might be sucked in by another dodgy prom­ise be­ing floated as a pub­lic­ity hook.

Yes, there is in­deed an av­er­age of “a joke per minute” de­liv­ered across the 1½ hour du­ra­tion of the movie.

How­ever, the num­bers have been ar­ti­fi­cially in­flated by re­cur­ring scenes where the same two comics whip through one-lin­ers so weak (”You’ve re­ally got to hand it to blind pros­ti­tutes!”) they would not have cut it as dad jokes a cen­tury ago.

The brief gaps be­tween yarns are filled with cut­aways to lo­gos be­long­ing to the pro­ducer’s pro­mo­tional part­ners, and also ex­cerpts from zest­less live mu­sic per­for­mances on the evening from the likes of Adam Brand, Joe Camil­leri, Rus­sell Mor­ris and Dan Kelly.

All in­volved in this poorly stocked yard sale of dis­con­tin­ued hu­mour laugh at each other’s punch­lines with the re­hearsed good cheer of those who have been paid just enough to do so on cue.

That’s Not My Dog! is now show­ing for a (mer­ci­fully) lim­ited sea­son un­til Sun­day

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