Here at the station, we get advanced copies of upcoming shows so that we can familiarize ourselves with show before it hits the airwaves. Well, I guess that’s the reason, anyway.
Last night I watched the first two episodes of FOX’s upcoming show, Kelsey Grammer presents The Sketch Show (be sure to check out the website as they have “online only” sketches you can watch (Although, I thought that Stethoscope and Pooh were the only really funny ones)).
So is the show any good? The show is pretty popular in England, which may be an indicator that people here will hate it (as is often the case with puddle-jumping humour. What is it about Brit-wit that Americans just don’t find funny?). The original version features a different cast, however.
So back to the question of if the show any good or not. The answer is: not bad. I would have to say that, on the whole, the show is pretty funny. Some of the sketches are amazingly short (if you’ve seen the promos FOX has been running where two knights are in a hotel lobby and one of them asks for a room for “two knights”, then you’ve already seen that entire sketch), whereas some of the sketches are interminably long. If the first two episodes are a trustworthy pattern for the series, each show has one, really long, not terribly funny sketch that you just wish would end. The really short stuff is the best. My favourite sketch so far is the one where two guys are sitting around trying to avoid the subject of how one of them only has one testicle.
And how much does Grammer add to the show? Surprisingly little; the weight of the show is easily carried on the shoulders of Grammer’s costars. He actually appears very little in the first two episodes and it would seem that his name has been added to the title, merely to lend the show some credibility with American audiences.
Kelsey Grammer presents The Sketch Show debuts on FOX this Sunday.0 People like this. Be the first!