Satire’s se­cret in­gre­di­ents

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - The Ka­ter­ing Show,

This very funny and oddly so­phis­ti­cated cook­ing pro­gram satire, writ­ten by and star­ring Kate McCart­ney and Kate McLen­nan, makes its prime­time debut af­ter great suc­cess on ABC’s iView. What they do is send up — they call it “tak­ing a sassy swipe” — not just the ubiq­ui­tous cook­ing show but the very no­tion of what’s some­times called “for­get­table tele­vi­sion” … pro­gram­ming de­signed to be for­got­ten at vir­tu­ally the very mo­ment of its orig­i­nal view­ing. And they de­light­fully play it in the knowl­edge that it’s planned for im­me­di­ate con­sump­tion and as­sumed to pos­sess no last­ing im­pact.

There’s phys­i­cal hu­mour, cross-talk repar­tee per­formed at a fu­ri­ous pace, slap­stick, droll throw­aways and cul­tural commentary in this fast mov­ing, mod­estly pro­duced series so well di­rected by Cameron Ford.

In the first episode food in­tol­er­ant McCart­ney and in­tol­er­a­ble foodie McLen­nan try to ne­go­ti­ate The Ka­ter­ing Show the un­rea­son­ably high ex­pec­ta­tions of their fans and new net­work alike by cre­at­ing an on-trend pop-up ra­men bar (“a pop-up is like usual restau­rants, only cooler be­cause they don’t have a toi­let”) that also caters to myr­iad food re­stric­tions, “in­tol­er­ances, be­liefs and aban­don­ment is­sues”. And then their col­lec­tive anx­i­eties bring on the stress-in­duced break­down. The end se­quence is hys­ter­i­cal.

It’s a great dou­ble act. Brunette McCart­ney, tall and an­gu­lar, is nerve-racked at hav­ing to per­form, anx­ious and dis­dain­ful of kitchen show con­ven­tions, her dead­pan ex­pres­sion price­less. McLen­nan’s com­edy is more forced but equally funny, her de­spair at the life choices she’s made even­tu­ally erod­ing all pre­tence at pro­fes­sion­al­ism. I love them and can’t get enough of the Kates. Wed­nes­day, 9.10pm, ABC.

In­tol­er­a­ble foodie Kate McLen­nan and food in­tol­er­ant Kate McCart­ney in

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