All the news fit to raise a smile
No doubt counting on the fact that if we can’t laugh about the news, we’ll cry, Shaun Micallef returns to assist with the former with his seventh season of Mad as Hell.
Its claims are modest: “Fewer ads than Project; earlier than and a good 23½ hours shorter than the former ABC News 24.”
It has been interesting to observe who’s up and who’s down in the US TV comedy news scene with the dramatically changed circumstances of American politics: Stephen Colbert has found his own voice (sans his previous comic persona) and has been having tremendous fun, it seems; Jimmy Fallon has stumbled, after the broad criticism that followed his ruffling Donald Trump’s hair on air; plus a host of new faces such as Samantha Bee are crowding the stage.
But locally Micallef, a veteran of Australian Mad as Hell comedy who has never lost the whiff of the suburban lawyer he once was, has carved a niche that plays to his daffy comic stylings and found a loyal audience.
(In truth, I like him in character: the series Stairway to Heaven, which explored religions and their adherents around the world was sometimes — perhaps unintentionally — condescending.)
There is so much in the news for Micallef to skewer, it’s almost not fair: the Comey testimony to the US congress; the cliffhanger British election; and the ever-popular segment, “Bill Shorten’s Zingers”.
Micallef is once again joined by Roz Hammond, the unrelated Francis Greenslade and Tosh Greenslade, Emily Taheny ( True Story with Hamish & Andy) and Stephen Hall. 8.30pm, ABC. Wednesday,
Shaun Micallef returns to the ABC with the seventh season of