Monday, April 10, 2006

Darkly Funny Chat Show Parody

by Dominic Brigstocke

Steve Coogan is a talented performer and to see him in the “live” chat show parody, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge is a treat. The 6 episode series, written by Coogan, Armando Iannucci, and Patrick Marber, has a host who is clueless and guests that become increasingly more contemptuous of the host. The series conclusion is both inevitable and surprising. It’s probably a very acquired taste, but if you like dark, uncomfortable comedy (like the original The Office), then this bit of mid 90s comedy may work for you. Otherwise, it may be a bit too much to take. I quite liked it.

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