Pick of the week

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Com­edy Show­room Wed­nes­day, 9pm, ABC friends and par­ents, tries to build an out­door deck in one af­ter­noon (with Paul Kelly ser­e­nad­ing him in sup­port) and makes ab­surd small talk with other fathers at a neigh­bour­hood kids’ party that seems at once sur­real and fore­bod­ing. There’s mas­sive po­ten­tial here for an ob­ser­va­tional com­edy in the dryly cyn­i­cal Se­in­feld vein, as Ed­die strug­gles might­ily yet with a strong hint of weary res­ig­na­tion to get with the pro­gram of be­ing a part­ner and par­ent. Per­fect has al­ways been a risk-tak­ing writer and per­former, a char­ac­ter­is­tic read­ily ap­par­ent here: the episode is book-ended by a dis­taste­ful yet quite funny park run-in be­tween Ed­die and an out­raged mum, and the cheer­fully gory punch­line to the metic­u­lous con­struc­tion of that deck.

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