The Peter Serafinowicz Show- C/D

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Saw the second episode of this BBC2 show last night. It caused me to smile on a few occasions, but nothing more. He seems able to pull off some uncanny impressions (Alan Alda and Chris Tarrant were particularly accurate), but the sketches themselves just didn't seem very funny. In particular, the Clone House- Big Brother but with clones lols!!!- nearly made me switch channel.

Thoughts anyone?

Neil S, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:05 (twelve years ago) link

I saw him walking down Poland St yesterday. Uh, haven't seen the show though. Sorry.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:07 (twelve years ago) link

He's tall, isn't he?

Neil S, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:09 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, I guess, but so am I so I don't tend to notice unless people are like 7 feet or something.

Colonel Poo, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:11 (twelve years ago) link

i would like to make sweet love to him.

Frogman Henry, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:12 (twelve years ago) link

Like Dr Watson, you mean?

Neil S, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:12 (twelve years ago) link

yes he is good at character actors or as part of an ensemble with a general theme like the Open University spoof the title of which escapes me right now, but his own show didn't really work.

Grandpont Genie, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:16 (twelve years ago) link

"Look Around You". That was a bit of a one-trick show, I thought. He was at his best in Spaced.

Neil S, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:20 (twelve years ago) link

It was about 20% funny. It peaked at the One Hair shampoo and went downhill from there.

NickB, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:27 (twelve years ago) link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/lookaroundyou/series1/quiz.shtml

still hillarious.

pisces, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:30 (twelve years ago) link

the robot chat show host going crazy made me laugh but only cos it reminded me of the simpsons 'gentle ben' bit. rest was poor.

Michael B, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:31 (twelve years ago) link

Holmes/Watson thing WAS really poor and unoriginal. But I laughed at other things e.g. one hair, 70s man getting married, other stuff forgotten already

blueski, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:33 (twelve years ago) link

Actually, 70s guy getting married was funny. it reminded me of Reeves & Mortimer's public information broadcasts.

Neil S, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:37 (twelve years ago) link

It was 100X funnier than the programme on before him.

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 5 October 2007 11:57 (twelve years ago) link

100x0=0

aldo, Friday, 5 October 2007 12:00 (twelve years ago) link

not as funny as mitchell and webb rerun on other channel. i caught a minute of it during ads.

darraghmac, Friday, 5 October 2007 12:06 (twelve years ago) link

thank christ i missed it

DG, Friday, 5 October 2007 12:11 (twelve years ago) link

"Saxondale"'s not done, is it? Weren't there only 5 episodes? :(

Ben Boyerrr, Friday, 5 October 2007 15:14 (twelve years ago) link

Much much better in the second episode. I think it's going to be a grower.

the next grozart, Friday, 12 October 2007 15:22 (twelve years ago) link

Will watch it next week then...

Neil S, Friday, 12 October 2007 16:18 (twelve years ago) link

God, really? I watched the cringingly bad opening titles and the first sketch and reckoned that was enough for me. James Bond lives with his mum! It reminded me of Harry Enfield.

accentmonkey, Friday, 12 October 2007 17:09 (twelve years ago) link

But I agree that it looked good compared to that Jennifer Saunders thing. I seem to remember people used to think Miranda Richardson was good, at one time.

accentmonkey, Friday, 12 October 2007 17:10 (twelve years ago) link

Yes, they did. Heaven knows why.

Tom D., Friday, 12 October 2007 17:20 (twelve years ago) link

I think the idea is that the first epidsode set up a lot of the jokes and that they'll reoccur throughout the show but with bizarre twists. I thought the Beatles section was true genius, and the Al Pacino impression.

the next grozart, Friday, 12 October 2007 18:43 (twelve years ago) link

I seem to remember people used to think Miranda Richardson was good, at one time.

-- accentmonkey, Friday, October 12, 2007 5:10 PM (2 hours ago) Bookmark Link

Yes, they did. Heaven knows why.

http://www.lovefilm.com/lovefilm/images/products/3/4173-medium.jpg

Ned Trifle II, Friday, 12 October 2007 19:39 (twelve years ago) link

she was good in Blackadder

2-3 mild lols only this week (70s couple and well-studied fake rapport of shopping channel duo mainly), gotta do better.

blueski, Friday, 12 October 2007 21:06 (twelve years ago) link

article in guardian at the weekend
http://arts.guardian.co.uk/theatre/comedy/story/0,,2190775,00.html

"I genuinely find everything Peter does, both on and off camera, very, very funny." - james serafinowicz (brother)
"Whatever Peter does is interesting." - graham linehan (brother-in-law)

i remember 1972. 8(

(saxondale was 6 epidoes btw: http://www.ed2k-it.com/viewtopic.php?t=28783&view=next&sid=a0384fb72fa18cb891adefbe6ba598d2)

koogs, Monday, 15 October 2007 14:47 (twelve years ago) link

He played Simon Pegg's ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend in Spaced and then popped up again as Pegg's useless flatmate in Shaun of the Dead.

rong it was Frost who was 'useless', Serafin's character was the go-getting fascist.

blueski, Monday, 15 October 2007 15:08 (twelve years ago) link

that's a side to Darth Vader we haven't seen before...

koogs, Friday, 19 October 2007 08:25 (twelve years ago) link

As I said on the other thread - likeable silliness, high proportion of dross, peculiar that a good physical comic/vocal talent like PS did his best work when he couldn't be seen/heard (LAY s1). Vader and the Gem woman best this week, I think.

I s'pose what irks me the most about contemporary sketch comedy are the huge production budgets spent on threadbare material (BBC3 trash like Tittybangbang are worse offenders, in terms of laffs/£, I guess); when I were a lad Absolutely and ABoFaL had to cope with a dodgy moustache and some cardboard sets and were k-max funnee to the nth.

Michael Jones, Friday, 19 October 2007 08:41 (twelve years ago) link

i thought the vader sketch went nowhere this week.

the next grozart, Friday, 19 October 2007 09:15 (twelve years ago) link

i thought this week's was the funniest yet with vader, butterfield, caveman chatline, oh, a bunch of other touches. the P69. RIP MOM.

i misread ABoFaL as Absolutely Fabulous and wondered for a minute what mike had been smoking.

koogs, Friday, 19 October 2007 09:31 (twelve years ago) link

Again, I was ambivalent. His impressions are still great- Kevin Spacey was very good- but there's not much else there, apart from an eye for a good pastiche.

Neil S, Friday, 19 October 2007 09:49 (twelve years ago) link

Also, does anyone find being repeatedly told that "Thursdays are funny" actively puts you off enjoying any of BBC2's offerings? Particularly when Thursday evenings are comprised of the mediocre PS show, the terrible Jennifer Saunders vehicle, and the even-more-terrible Graham Norton?

Neil S, Friday, 19 October 2007 10:03 (twelve years ago) link

yup, agreed.

the next grozart, Friday, 19 October 2007 12:22 (twelve years ago) link

Really good this week! Why wasn't his the debut episode.
The Vader in Love thing, Ringo's "Goldfiner" and the Kevin Spacey ("don't take it personally - I just hate women") skit = comedy gold.

DavidM, Friday, 19 October 2007 14:18 (twelve years ago) link

This show would be better with a laugh track.

Venga, Friday, 19 October 2007 15:58 (twelve years ago) link

no wae

blueski, Friday, 19 October 2007 15:59 (twelve years ago) link

I watched a bit of the first one and thought it was shit. What we want and need is more

k-max funnee to the nth

PJ Miller, Friday, 19 October 2007 17:06 (twelve years ago) link

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^^^3-part Vader in Love skit

DavidM, Saturday, 20 October 2007 07:28 (twelve years ago) link

ffs, HERE then

DavidM, Saturday, 20 October 2007 07:30 (twelve years ago) link

Still the best thing is his Beatles impressions. I love the way he can not only sing and act like each individual Beatle, but he can also do Ringo Bloddy Starr after he's been living in the States for a while. Also, Benedict Wong as Yoko is classic. He's highly underrated, that guy - really funny in Fifteen Stories High and in Look Around You as the Medibot fella.

the next grozart, Saturday, 20 October 2007 13:31 (twelve years ago) link

I love Benedict Wong so much. I didn't realise it was him for the first two episodes because his skin's got a bit weird but he did a real Errol face in the Weakest Link bit on Peter S on Thu. Although WHY are people still doing non-hilarious Weakest Link pastiches? cf also Mitchell & Webb. This week's was def the best yet - all pretty spot-on apart from that and the Bon Appetiques thing. Although! The Gary Numan---> Gary Oldman joke is MINE! (arising from the fact I used to get the two confused in conversation at least).

The Ringo Starr thing was awesome, I can't really figure out why.

What's the real life Butterfield called? I need to find it on Youtube.

Not the real Village People, Saturday, 20 October 2007 13:46 (twelve years ago) link

watched this for the first time this week ... liked the darth vader thing a lot, and ... er, there were other bits i laughed at, too. ringo v good, and the david lynch/diarrhoea thing quite funny.

i did think "hmm, this is a bit sub-viz" at the cavemen sketch and the gravy one ... and then i was sure i saw a couple of erstwhile viz contributors' names in the writing credits as they zoomed by.

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 20 October 2007 15:51 (twelve years ago) link

Verging on the classic last night, for Leonard Rossiter alone.

Neil S, Friday, 26 October 2007 10:18 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah.. it was very good and all that, but I did have to wonder "How much value is a Rigsby impression thesedays? One up from "Ooh Betty" but there you go!.

Mark G, Friday, 26 October 2007 10:26 (twelve years ago) link

True enough, but it did actually make me laugh!

Neil S, Friday, 26 October 2007 10:40 (twelve years ago) link

Only saw the last 5-6min last night due to the football, but it's stuff like Rigsby that makes me like Serafinowicz. I mean, I used to do impersonations of Rigsby in the playground at school - he's just kept it up all these years! Hopefully he'll do Phil Oakey at some point. Or Mr Burls, my metalwork teacher.

Michael Jones, Friday, 26 October 2007 10:47 (twelve years ago) link

saw my first whole ep last night. one actual laugh in half an hour - cheese for liars - although i appreciated rigsby. don't understand why it isn't working for me - i think i want him to be far more surreal.

CharlieNo4, Friday, 26 October 2007 10:54 (twelve years ago) link

See, this is what happens. I watch a bit of a comedy show, think it's quite good, Dawn comes in, and immediately the comedy becomes rubbish (the chat to a drunk on your telephone), and it is ENDED!

Mark G, Friday, 26 October 2007 11:05 (twelve years ago) link

This show would be better with a laugh track.

This utterly blows my mind (there was some thread about laugh tracks that got really heated - it might have been Sandbox era - but I still can't believe anyone would want a laugh track on anything, under any circumstances.

Ben Boyerrr, Friday, 26 October 2007 11:58 (twelve years ago) link

> Verging on the classic last night, for Leonard Rossiter alone.

why was he doing ralph fiennes in the style of leonard rossiter?

michael 6 is very one dimensional. didn't enjoy much of last night's at all apart from the cheese and the ice cubes with artificial sweetener.

koogs, Friday, 26 October 2007 12:04 (twelve years ago) link

and the horse head in the bed song.

koogs, Friday, 26 October 2007 12:04 (twelve years ago) link

and paranoia magazine ad.

koogs, Friday, 26 October 2007 12:05 (twelve years ago) link

That Godfather: The Musical sketch reminded me of the guy in Rushmore's production of the stage version of Serpico!

Neil S, Friday, 26 October 2007 12:07 (twelve years ago) link

just because the magazine's about paranoia doesn't mean you shouldn't be out to get it?

I have never seen this show

RJG, Friday, 26 October 2007 12:08 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6He6oxKMdV8

Ned Trifle II, Wednesday, 21 October 2009 07:17 (ten years ago) link

His Robert De Niro face is fantastic. I saw another clip where he did about 40 "impressions" of made up characters but cannae find it now.

surfing on hokusine waves (ledge), Wednesday, 21 October 2009 09:22 (ten years ago) link

hrrm not as funny as i remembered.

surfing on hokusine waves (ledge), Wednesday, 21 October 2009 09:59 (ten years ago) link

i didn't hate this show. tbh i usually think this guy sucks in everything i've seen him in, so to actually like some of what he did was refreshing

would s*m*a*s*h (electricsound), Wednesday, 21 October 2009 10:01 (ten years ago) link

I like his acting masterclass sketches and the Beatles stuff.

Latest: http://www.funnyordie.co.uk/videos/01d863325a/paul-mccartney-i-ll-kill

DavidM, Wednesday, 21 October 2009 10:19 (ten years ago) link

His own show was, unfortunately, not really a showcase of his best work. I think they took too much advantage of his gift for impersonation. Which is kind of undeniable. But he has a really funny, surreal sense of humor (e.g. Look Around You) that wasn't as present in the show as it should've been. I think I just like him. His Twitter is one of my faves.

I HEART CREEPY MENS (Deric W. Haircare), Wednesday, 21 October 2009 13:15 (ten years ago) link

The Butterworth stuff was the best thing about the sketch show. Bon bon bon bons.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 21 October 2009 13:39 (ten years ago) link

"fluffy ruffs...hoisin crispy owl..."

modescalator (blueski), Wednesday, 21 October 2009 13:45 (ten years ago) link

"mystery meat...pork cylinders...during-dinner mints...garlic pudding...pints o'cream..."

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 21 October 2009 13:50 (ten years ago) link

I meant Butterfield, obv.

"Christmas Man..."

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 21 October 2009 13:52 (ten years ago) link

He and Robert Popper are going to be working with Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim soon. Expect to see that absurdist streak fleshed out.

I HEART CREEPY MENS (Deric W. Haircare), Wednesday, 21 October 2009 15:36 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Quiches Lorainne!

can't be gloomy with halloumi (dog latin), Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:08 (nine years ago) link

the 50 impressions thing he did is milk-spit hilarious.

can't be gloomy with halloumi (dog latin), Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:09 (nine years ago) link

KFC thing reminds me that he is capable of just KILLING me.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:01 (nine years ago) link

the 50 impressions thing he did is milk-spit hilarious.

― can't be gloomy with halloumi (dog latin), Thursday, 30 June 2011 21:09 (52 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

The moment I realised what he was actually doing was the moment the whole thing went stratospheric.

So wtf is he doing with that KFC thing? I don't think I properly get it and I'm still crying.

Gary Barlow syndrome (Autumn Almanac), Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:13 (nine years ago) link

I don't know what he's trying to do but by the time he gets to "cut it off, cut it off...place on plate" I'm losing it.

i can't, i won't (Ned Trifle II), Thursday, 30 June 2011 12:38 (nine years ago) link

Cutty.. Cut! Cutty.....

can't be gloomy with halloumi (dog latin), Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:02 (nine years ago) link

"Why I'm so mad I wanna rape everybody in the world! Starting with you Mister."

can't be gloomy with halloumi (dog latin), Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:03 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Fj9O77jMKs

polyphonic, Thursday, 12 September 2013 18:59 (six years ago) link

I love that stuff.

Michael Jones, Thursday, 12 September 2013 20:46 (six years ago) link

channelling michael alexander st john's blue jam stuff

... Jenks ... Neu! military£ ... snkkt! pickles Özil ... ienjoyhotdogs (imago), Thursday, 12 September 2013 21:03 (six years ago) link

the wogan stuff has kind of dominated my life for a long time.

Evil Juice Box Man (LocalGarda), Thursday, 12 September 2013 21:07 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

would 'things that just have to be peter serafinowicz sketches' be the closest UK equivalent to 'things that just have to be tim and eric sketches'? some of the forgotten 70s and 80s tv series that are broadcast on Talking Pictures TV look so much like they must be extremely dexterous spoofs

20:30 BOGNOR (1981) Premiere: UNBECOMING HABITS - BATTY TOM #DavidHorovitch #JoannaMcCallum Bognor survives an attempt on his life and strikes a friendship with monk Xavier. With #PatrickTroughton pic.twitter.com/BNYFk2qD59

— Talking Pictures TV (@TalkingPicsTV) July 31, 2020

also the adverts they show for DVD or CD compilations that list a dozen or so beloved entertainers of yesteryear, about 50% of whom are obviously made up

soref, Friday, 31 July 2020 18:06 (one week ago) link

I've never heard of Bognor or indeed a lot of the TV stuff they broadcast, making me think a lot of them were only shown on regional TV.

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Friday, 31 July 2020 18:09 (one week ago) link

I've never heard of Bognor or indeed a lot of the TV stuff they broadcast, making me think a lot of them were only shown on regional TV.


I thought with that description it was a comedy (also lol a character named “Bognor”) but Wikipedia tells me it’s a drama!

Boring, Maryland, Friday, 31 July 2020 20:33 (one week ago) link

lol what

also yeah serafinowicz/popper maps onto tim/eric p well

imago, Friday, 31 July 2020 20:49 (one week ago) link

Bognor is played by Inspector Slack circa Joan Hickson Marple era.

oscar bravo, Friday, 31 July 2020 20:52 (one week ago) link

youtube has the opening and closing two episodes, gives a bit of the flavour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AiMhUHEF98

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFNj3CCCA04

tbf it seems to be a light-comedy/mystery hybrid thing, along the lines of Lovejoy or something?

soref, Friday, 31 July 2020 21:52 (one week ago) link

Ron Gob is: Bognor!

Boring, Maryland, Saturday, 1 August 2020 01:18 (one week ago) link


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