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Well well. When i saw that my former classmate at St Clement Danes school, Katy Brand had made a TV show I was obviously intrigued. When I heard that it was based on celebrity impersonations, I thought 'wow she'd better get that right.' When I finally got around to watching an episode, unfortunately I saw that this couldn't be wider of the mark. From her awful Lily Allen gig - I mean, it's bad enough that there IS a Lily Allen, without our TV show hosts having to remind us of it -, to her weird and frankly embarrassing Kate Winslet pastiche, I couldn't even sit through a whole episode. It started off bad and got so bad that if the remote control battery had expired, I'd have hurled the control at the screen to break the telly - anything to rid my living room of the abhorrent garbage that I had selfishly subjected it to.
Doing impersonations is an art that very few can master and fewer still master in a way that would justify them having a TV show. By taking the p*ss out of celebrity culture, all Brand is doing is reminding us of its ugly face and ironically the only people who would watch this tripe are probably those that are the butt of its jokes.
If your viewing standards are poor enough to suffer an episode of this can I recommend you check out - El Dorado lost episodes, Hollyoaks, the best of Neighbours DVD and Strictly Come Dancing. Come on Katy, you were relatively witty at school - raise the damn bar.
Wow, I have to admit I had seen glimpses of this show before and thought it was rubbish but having watched a whole episode last night I can now say categorically it is not remotely funny.
The show started with Brand dressed as a man in a suit, I think her skit was taking the michael out of Mark Ronson for lacking originality (Bit of a shame she hasn't heard some of his remix work or DJ work prior to his 'Versions' album'. The skit wasn't funny it was simply her dressed as Ronson singing about being unoriginal.
The next skit sums Brand up for me, when your doing an impression and your first comment in a sketch is 'I'm Lily Allen' its clear your impression is based on nothing other than wearing a dress and a wig, she sounded nothing like her, and simply played on the fact Allen uses Twitter. Again lacking in any depth or substance and purely playing on the fact that Brand is a large lady who dresses up as others.
She then proceeded to play the Queen as a loud mouthed wastrel which was poorly written and copied from Catherine Tate, a sketch followed about wedding dresses which could have been written by a Clam, it was awful.
The show is stunningly poor, its on ITV2 on Thursday nights and plays on Brands size and nothing more, she needs decent writers and to stop gurning annoyingly and learn some comedic skills, i'd get more laughs out of watching David Mitchell sit still and say nothing than 5 hours of this mindless rubbish.
The sketch show format can often be hit and miss, this follows that formula but leaves out the hit all together (unless you wish to add an s at your own prediliction.
One of those comedy shows where you keep watching because its so awful, ITV don't do much comedy and you can see why!!!
After watching a couple of shows and being decidedly not amused, I flicked to the cable tv 'on demand' and settled down to give her another chance.
The first sketch was a spoof of the singer Rhianna's 'Umbrella' song called 'Bad Spella'. Katy was dressed in Rhianna-type clothes and even, perhaps a little unwisely, 'blacked up' for the song in terrible stage make-up. I did, in fact, enjoy this spoof as it reeled off many better rhymes that go with umbrella (with associated visuals). I've watched a great deal of 'French & Saunders' in my time, and this song was as good as the song spoofs they do - at least in the written material. I do think, however, that visually, 'French & Saunders' improve the comedy itself (two of them and both better better clowns).
Her sketches are based around a few characters that she repeats in each show (including Lily Allen and Jennifer Anniston). This is usually a winning formula. The problem is that I do not find them at all funny - some are interesting, yes, but not funny. For example, there was a tiny sketch about Russell Crowe appearing on a sketch show reading a simplistic poem and then throwing a fit. It was clearly not worth the effort of Katy getting all dragged up as Crowe (at least an hour in make-up) for a miniscule sketch that made the point that Crowe is a bit of a Prima Dona. I quite enjoyed a sketch about the deluded wife of a serial killer - but not in a laughing way.
There are several really depressing moments in the show such as the inclusion of a character farting. These moments make my spirits sink even further. They are a cheap shot of infantile comedy; I don't know how they make it through the editing process.
Katy Brand is a larger than life character - confident and very watchable in herself- it's just that them material is not wonderful. I see her as more of a character actress and I expect that one day we might be appreciating her in something that is much more satisfying to watch.
The show ends with another spoof - this time with the 'Pet Shop Boys'. Some ok moments but I think that there was much more milage that was not squeezed out of the idea. Again, lots of expense (extras, costumes, props) for very few titters!
I admit that I watch a lot of rubbish on TV - but it's normally rubbish that I (shamefully) enjoy, and is rightfully given obscure time-slots on obscure channels. There is however, rubbish which I really can't stand which takes prime-time space on the main channels, clogging up the airwaves with its general awfulness.
I apologise if this review ends up sounding like a bit of a rant, but 'Katy Brand's Big Ass Show' is one of the least funny pieces of supposedly funny television that I have ever had the misfortune to see. I forced myself to watch two more of the shows last night, just in case I was missing something - but alas, I don't think I was.
What is it with comedy and 'Brands'? - Jo Brand, Russell Brand, Katy Brand - each getting slightly less funny with each Branded incarnation. Actually, Jo Brand and Russell Brand are frequently funny, whereas katy Brand seldom is.
Each thirty-minute show involves Brand doing her done-to-death routines include 'The Queen' (where her majesty is given a Ray Winstone type persona, and ends up saying "F*** off" or something along those lines) - perhaps amusing on the first viewing, but not on the 100th time around. Then there is 'Captain Rosie' - which is just rubbish, and 'Jesus' Girlfriend' - which, well I'm not even going to waste words writing about.
The best (if you can call it 'best') part of the show is probably Katy's take on music videos, and whilst most of them are pretty average, there have been a couple of (fairly) amusing ones - I once felt the corners of my mouth twitch upwards into some distant semblance of a smile - but that's about it.
In the latest series, Brand has brought in a few new characters including Jennifer Aniston - whose catchphrase is 'I'm fine' - which isn't that funny, and seems a rehash of last season's Kate Winslett who said "im normal".
Although she's probably a very nice person in real life, I would be happy to present Katy Brand's Big Ass Show with the title of 'Unfunniest sketch show on TV' - it's boring, offensive and incredibly annoying. I'm not really a fan of Katherine Tate either, but Tate's work one hundred times better than this rubbish. I think what annoys me most is the fact that there are so many talented comedians out there who would kill for a slot on ITV2 - yet the dubiously skilled Brand is presented with a second series in which to churn out this bland material.
Oh and, if you must watch it, it's shown on Thursdays on ITV2 at 10pm
Unsubtle and unfunny... can you tell I don't like it...? ;)