Satire should be dumbed down to be funny

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CHAN­NEL 4 satire show 10 O’clock Live re­turned for a sec­ond se­ries with a sup­port­ing cast to ri­val Ben Hur’s.

The cred­its boasted four writ­ers, eight re­searchers, eight as­so­ciates, five pro­duc­ers, four ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers and a script ad­vi­sor.

That sounds like a lot of brain­power to knock out a few top­i­cal gags, so you might ex­pect them to be good. Well, let’s take a look.

On the news that Fabio Capello had quit: “Now he can go back to mak­ing ap­ple juice.”

What they’ve done there, you see, is spot­ted that Capello sounds sim­i­lar to Copella, the ap­ple juice. How many re­searchers did that one take?

On calls for all pet dogs to be mi­crochipped: “I thought dogs pre­ferred oven chips.”

Here, the team have spot­ted that the word “chip” has sev­eral mean­ings, in­clud­ing both a data stor­age de­vice and also a frozen potato snack. (I’ve never seen a dog eat an oven chip, but let’s not quib­ble over de­tails.)

Fi­nally, on the slaugh­ter of thou­sands of civil­ians in the Syr­ian city of Homs, they gave us: “Homs Un­der the Ham­mer.”

Ac­tu­ally, that one is quite funny. I won­der if the right-on au­di­ence would laugh if it was printed in a tabloid news­pa­per?

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