The Mash Report

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The Mash Report

July 29, 2017 - 23:15
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News based comedy shows on TV are like people who ring your door bell on Saturday morning. You open the door with hope. But it's always that boring bloke whose convinced the world is ending.

The Mash Report

News based comedy shows on TV are like people who ring your door bell on Saturday morning. You open the door with hope. But it's always that boring bloke whose convinced the world is ending.

It's an obligatory article of faith, for anyone offered a job in TV comedy, that the world ended in 2016. The day that Donald Trump won the US election.

Like many Jehovah's Witnesses, they can be quite engaging. But only as long as you can keep them from talking about their Doomsday subject.

And so it was with this show. It actually started off well. Two good gags from the comedy news readers. Then a funny sketch - about Jeremy Corbyn! There was actually a strong punch line - not one of those obligatory shadow boxing type affairs that BBC comedy shows do, in order to prove they aren't one sided.

I was starting to relax. I was thinking of sitting down with this show and having a cup of tea. But then, just as I enjoying myself. The anchor man, Nish Kumar, got onto Donald Trump. Then the shutters came down and the comedy ended. He seemed to think set ups and punch lines are unnecessary when ranting about Trump. As if his hatred of someone else's president is enough to entertain us.

if you don't hate Donald Trump as much as Mr Kumar does, his joke free rants about unimportant events make him sound bitter and a bit nasty. Like listening to the pub bore slagging off someone you barely know over a dispute you've got no interest in. You end up sympathising with the subject of their venom. Maybe that's how Trump got elected.

So I stopped watching. Which was a shame, because this show has got a token working class comic. (BBC HR must have added 'Small C Conservative' to its list of diversity tick boxes) Geoff Norcott. And he was quite good. Refreshing at least.

Mind you, I only know that because I saw it on Twitter, and went back and watched the recording.

The first time around I slammed the door after five minutes of Trumpophobia.

Geoff Norcutt doesn't appear until 9 minutes in. Once his slot was over i didn't stay and listen to the rest of the show. Well, life is short.

We're all going to perish! Jehovah will bear witness to that. And so will Nish Kumar.