REVIEW: THE FRONT BAR
IN an era where football and sport shows dominate the airwaves sometimes it’s hard to get a fresh perspective in the AFL. The Front Bar does just that. Instead of getting bogged down in the often irrelevant minutiae of a game, Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Sam Pang take the you-knowwhat from an often overhyped pastime.
Most footy fans would happily watch a live broadcast without any commentators at all and the post match focus these days seems to be on anything that can be perceived as a potential scandal – the term beat-ups comes to mind.
The Front Bar began as an online only show on the AFL website, with half of each episode filmed at the All Nations Hotel in Richmond and although it has moved to the studio it has kept the same atmosphere of sports fans enjoying a quiet frothy while putting forward their very individual views of Australia’s great game.
So if you’re more into getting a laugh out of the game, with a few wise perceptions thrown in, then this is the footy show for you.
But Maher, Molloy and Pang make as much fun of each other as they do the players and officials involved in the game without making offence.
They also bring some credibility with the quality of the guests who pop up, mainly sporting but often other footy tragics such as fellow comedian Santo Cilauro who appeared last week with former Hawthorn premiership and multi-caoch Rodney Eade.
Being from the Channel 7 stable doesn’t stop them poking fun at the station’s own broadcasts, whether it’s footy or other productions such as the Commonwealth Games.
If you have had enough of mean-spirited humour or sensationalism then join The Front Bar and enjoy football like you’re standing in the outer.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Sam Pang provide hilariously insightful views on everything sport.