Check it Out! With Dr Steve Brule

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Sun­day, 10.25pm, Com­edy John C. Reilly has ap­peared in more than 50 fea­ture films, in­clud­ing Chicago (2002) and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007). In this bizarre tele­vi­sion se­ries he plays Dr Steve Brule, an infotainment host who seems per­pet­u­ally drunk or stoned. It’s sketch com­edy in the vein of Fast For­ward, where the ridicu­lous is de rigueur, but with pro­duc­tion val­ues to make that show seem like a big­bud­get out­ing from HBO. Clearly made on a shoe­string, Check it Out! would give some­one such as Ten Break­fast host Paul Henry night­mares if he weren’t al­ready hav­ing them. As in Fast For­ward, the pro­gram glo­ries in seg­ments that go spec­tac­u­larly wrong, with dead air, non se­quiturs and hor­ri­bly mist­imed and in­ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ac­tions. Even the scripted prod­uct spots, long a tar­get of satir­i­cal pro­grams ev­ery­where, come in for a hid­ing in this broad satire.

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