Saturday, November 04, 2006

Review of Stella - Season One: Brilliant Comedy on the Edge Between Sitcom and Sketch

I’m very glad that I discovered Stella since they created a tv series. It’s hard to describe, but I think that they’ve created some of the funniest comedy of the past few years. I would put them in a continuum for me that would begin with Monty Python’s Flying Circus, then to The Kids in the Hall, and Mr. Show. What links them all (aside from being comedy) is that they all have a keen awareness of how they are operating within their medium and to push the boundaries. The brilliant twist with Stella is that instead of the members of the troupe playing different characters each episode, they always play the same characters always wearing suits. The framing device is the sitcom where there will be an incident that sets up the episode and then they would all learn a valuable lesson. A unique hybrid of standup with sitcom and sketch, it’s hard to describe, but what works well is that the generic style and lack of dated references adds to the longevity of the humour. Very funny and one of my favourite shows. Hopefully they will somehow be given the chance for a second series.

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