Games for ston­ers and Kiwi jok­ers

In Wasted, Bri­tish Mil­len­nial slack­ers dream big and go nowhere. It’s a hoot, and so is lo­cal celebrity game show Funny Whare.

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If you think young peo­ple should all have a clear idea of their fu­ture ca­reer path and a strate­gic plan for get­ting on the hous­ing lad­der, then new Brit com­edy se­ries Wasted (avail­able on Light­box) prob­a­bly won’t be your thing. It tells the tale of four aim­less twen­tysome­things in the West of Eng­land.

Kent has just re­turned to Ne­ston Berry af­ter a failed at­tempt to earn a liv­ing as a DJ and is look­ing to get his old job back. ‘‘Things at Bird Zone are a bit dif­fer­ent now, you can’t just smoke weed in the staffroom any­more,’’ warns an ex-col­league.

He finds his old friends, Sarah and Mor­pheus still hang­ing out in the shop they co-own, Stoned Henge. Sarah has plans to go to In­dia but they’re yet to ma­te­ri­alise.

Mean­while, fantasy-ob­sessed Mor­pheus is be­sot­ted with tat­too artist Ali­son, who is busy giv­ing him a Game of Thrones tat­too on his back.

No cus­tomers ever seem to pass through the door of Stoned Henge and the friends spend their time ban­ter­ing, smok­ing weed and gen­er­ally frit­ter­ing away their days with the care­free air of the young.

There’s a lo­cal pub, The Sheep and Onion, and ac­tor Sean Bean makes reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances as Mor­pheus’ spirit guide in full Game of Thrones mode. ‘‘It’s your quest to get this lot home…’’ he says to Mor­pheus when the friends are thrown out of a cab on a drunken night out.

‘‘Oh my God, you’re giv­ing me a quest… am I go­ing to find a ring or a magic bag?’’ says an ex­cited Mor­pheus.

‘‘I should never have said ‘quest’. I used the wrong word,’’ dead­pans Bean.

With an in­ter­est­ing cast of quirky char­ac­ters and some good lines, I en­joyed this, al­though I’m sadly well be­yond what I imag­ine is the tar­get au­di­ence age range.

Sure, there are some very 2017 ref­er­ences – va­p­ing, emo­jis, an app that lets peo­ple see you’ve been stalking them on Face­book but it’s un­der­lined by a sort of time­less theme of friend­ships, mis-spent youth and the search for some mean­ing in life. And it’s funny.

Back on free-to-air TV, com­edy gameshows aren’t hard to find but Funny Whare (Thurs­days, 9.30pm, Ma¯ori Tele­vi­sion) is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. It’s lo­cal and it’s bilin­gual, with host Stacey Mor­ri­son flick­ing back and forth ef­fort­lessly be­tween English and te reo Ma¯ori as two teams bat­tle it out for $1000 to give to the char­ity of their choice.

Team cap­tains Te Arahi Maipi and Kimo Houltham join guest celebri­ties each week to lip sync, dance and sing their way through in­creas­ingly hu­mil­i­at­ing rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion.

As celebrity-style game shows go, there’s noth­ing re­ally ground­break­ing here and hon­estly, it’s the sort of thing you might watch with one eye as you multi-task. But it’s en­ter­tain­ing enough and I kind of liked the switch­ing be­tween lan­guages – it keeps it un­der­stand­able for ev­ery­one in­clud­ing those who don’t speak te reo flu­ently.

So give it a go, there are some fun moments and you might learn some­thing.

Young Brits ban­ter, smoke weed and gen­er­ally frit­ter away their days in Wasted.

Stacey Mor­ri­son is the bilin­gual host of celebrity game show Funny Whare.

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