I really love the continual minutiae of irrelevant details given by Brydon the narrator. It expands more in later episodes but I don't want to venture there just yet. From the moment he begins to speak, in that constant steady voice, you just know you are in for a treat. The delivery and tone are perfect for the style of the guys and how they come over. Its purposefully written and spoken that way. It blends in with the entire show setting perfectly. I wonder how much of Brydon's narration the guys actually penned. Its something I keep meaning to ask. Or did Brydon write his own stuff.
It was brilliant! I would love to know who wrote it. Every time he'd break into the show with a pointless voice-over, I'd laugh out loud.
Things I liked from Brydon's part were lines such as being a big music fan, with a collection of over one hundred CD's. Priceless. So dry and understated in its delivery, it maybe goes over a lot of peoples heads. I know the guys performance can do the same to some people. Its a very specific subtle kind of humour. That manages to work so well. Well, works for some
It also happens with Brian, flapping on about things the guys have been up to, how great they are, what fun crazy guys they are. And he never actually gives a specific situation. Its a painfully well observed example of pointless being pointless. Erm does that make sense to anyone but me?
The whole Brian character was amazing. He was such a buffoon, but in such an endearing way! Sort of like Bret would be if he was an extrovert with a family.
The other thing I also notice, and love and wish I could hear more of is the backing music. Taken from the songs used in the series, the guitar that plays in the background sometimes is just bliss to hear.
I agree. It was lovely. Was it the guys playing?
And that so much of the show was improvised. Off the cuff. I like the thought that the guys just trawled around London, stood under Big Ben and made it up. OK, I am not that daft I think they actually said this stuff without even thinking about it, but that they were not working off a script per se is cool. They make it work. Even when it falters a little in places, it never actually falls apart, and as it moves on to the next scene or person, any lapse is soon forgotten. If anything it all adds to the squirm factor.
That fact alone, (the improvisation) tells me what geniuses they are. ANd, how genuinely funny.
Squirm factor? Yes, squirm factor. I have one. Well, its a comedy rating of mine. Of sorts. It comes up often in shows such as The Office and believe it or not, Ellen. You know, those uncomfortable silences, pauses, a line delivered and allowed to fall painfully flat. And you squirm. Because its funny, but ooo its almost uncomfortable. In Ellen it usually occurs about 10 minutes in and sets the scene for the remainder of the show and the events unfolding. I *always* squirm at that point. Or have to walk away. I almost cannot bear it, but its funny. But I don't laugh. It just makes me squirm.
Oh.. I know what you mean! There was definitely a "squirm factor" involved in the show! "The Office" (or anything with Ricky Gervais) is guaranteed to have it. Never watched "Ellen". But, another show here that has it bigtime is HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm". That, to me, is the most squirm-inducing show I have ever see.
BBC radio is very good for this kind of thing. You should check out some of the other shows on the Listen Again option. I love listening to Wogan during the morning. He might be 70ish, if he's a day, but he is the most listened to man in radio in this country. Its just a great humourous way to start the day, waking up to Wogan. I hardly ever listen to any other radio station anymore. Its been Radio 2 for the last 6-7 years. There was a time when it wasn't cool to admit to listening to radio 2, but its dragged itself into the 21st century and is leading the way with great music, interviews, shows and more.
Thanks, Sherry! (Duh... why didn't I think of that?) Now that the Internet allows live streaming, and listening in, I will absolutely do that!
Thsi was a great idea! I am loving this thread!