Before the latest series, I never paid much attention to TV Burp- if anything, it looked like it could only be yet another puerile piece of ITV airtime filler. Still, one evening I needed something to occupy me whilst I ate my dinner, and so it was that I found myself switching over to the first episode of a new series. Imagine my surprise, then, when it turned out to be rather entertaining.
For those unfamiliar with the show, TV Burp sees chrome-domed comedian Harry Hill take the most unintentionally amusing parts of the week’s television and give them the gentle (or not so gentle) mocking they deserve. His knack for both verbal and visual humour ensures that no program is safe- from long-running soaps to reality TV, nothing is spared. Admittedly, not all the jokes are spot on, and some programs don’t really need any additional commentary, but the weaker spots are worth sitting through for those moments when you just can’t help but laugh out loud at the hilarity. For example, imagine watching a clip of Eastenders in which Martin tells Sonia “You don’t know whether to read a book, play a trumpet or be a lesbian” before cutting to the studio where Hill is simultaneously wearing a Sonia wig, playing a trumpet and reading “How to be a Lesbian”. Priceless.
There isn’t really much more to say on the topic, but if you like the parodies I write myself at Azure Flame and happen to live in the UK, give Harry Hill a try for yourself one Saturday evening- you may be pleasantly surprised.