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‘Big Bad World’ (Comedy Central) Review

As I said in my Seann Walsh World review, you – or at least I – tend to expect that any original comedy which has been produced by a digital channel – i.e. GOLD, Dave or Comedy Central – is not going to be particularly good. After all, if it was funny, it would be on a terrestrial channel, surely? Well not necessarily – just look at Trollied, Stella, Mount Pleasant, Threesome and now Big Bad World, which would more than hold its own against some of the more mainstream offerings.

Created by relatively new writers, Lloyd Woolf and Joe Tucker, Big Bad World stars Blake Harrison as Ben Turnbull: an ambitious graduate who, having left university, returns to his childhood home, but struggles to adjust. You see, Ben himself may have moved on, but Great Yarmouth hasn’t – and the parts of it which have haven’t done so as Ben would have liked. For example, his friends are still as immature as ever and he finds it difficult to find a job – no change there. On the other hand, his childhood sweetheart, Lucy, is now attached, and his parents have amalgamated their and his bedrooms by knocking the wall down – change indeed, but just not the sort that Ben would have liked.

BIG NAMES

I have to say that I was very impressed by the first episode of Big Bad World, and am envious of those who still have its delights to come. Ben is very different to the character for which Blake Harrison is best known, The Inbetweeners’ Neil. I mean, Ben attended university – Neil just about scraped into sixth form! The main character really is quite a loveable fool, and if he stumbles through the rest of the series like he did this episode, it seems that we’re about to witness just as many fruitless, and cringe-making, attempts at self-advancement than the Inbetweeners managed combined.

While Blake is at the centre of the show, he is surrounded by more than a few big-name comedy stars, including James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley), Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly), David Fynn (Pete vs Life), Scarlett Alice Johnson (Pramface) and Comedy Central’s new golden boy, Seann Walsh. Together, they create a great ensemble piece, portraying very well-drawn characters who we become familiar with and feel we know straight away. Although I’m not quite sure about Eggman’s (Seann Walsh) part in the set-up yet. Let’s hope that he develops later in the series, as in the opening episode he seemed to just be there as one of the friends, and not have any particularly unique qualities about him.

THE LOVE STORY

Of course, every sitcom needs its romantic plot, and Big Bad World is no different as Ben is determined to overcome the odds and get back with Lucy, despite the fact that she now has a boyfriend who everyone likes – but Ben thinks is ‘a bell end’.

His pursuit of Lucy looks set to be the main plot and provide some great moments, as it appears that he will stop at nothing to prove everyone wrong and get back together with her. And that includes feigning interest in volunteering in the Third World.

With a great cast playing great characters from a great script, there’s the likelihood that Big Bad World will be just as popular as Comedy Central’s other home-grown sitcom, the award-winning Threesome – just with a less unconventional plotline. And, with the first episode premiering on Digital Spy before its broadcast on TV, there really is no reason not to give it a go.

The first episode of Big Bad World will be available exclusively on Digital Spy from Monday 19th August

The series begins at 9:00pm on Wednesday 21st August on Comedy Central

‘Seann Walsh World’ (Comedy Central) Review

Featuring the weirdest and most wonderful clips from cyberspace, Seann Walsh World is another addition to Comedy Central’s raft of new, home-grown shows, which include Threesome, The Alternative Comedy Experience and Big Bad World, which is due to begin later this year and also stars Seann.

 

To be honest, this show needs little explanation: it’s a showcase of online clips, interspersed with some stand-up and sketches to accompany them. In effect, it’s Russell Howard’s Good News without the topical element, and a bit of Rude Tube thrown in for good measure. It doesn’t have a fancy set or graphics – the sketches even seem to be have been shot on a low budget – but it is a very funny and entertaining show.

Of course, with shows like this, a lot of the comedy derives from the clips – the rest comes from the presenter adding some witticism or observation to enhance it. Thankfully, both Seann and the clips in this show are brilliant, ranging from the cute to the painful and the generally odd. Granted, we may have seen some of them before (the squirrel leaping out of a window and the forklift driver crashing into a shelf, with disastrous consequences, were all familiar) but Seann’s interjections give a fresh feel to them.

 

Despite the host’s greatness, however, the real star of the series looks set to be Sam Sadler: the self-titled ‘Pussy Maaaaan’ who films YouTube videos for his ‘sexy pussy magnets and tiger tamers and shaggable muffin monsters’ whilst drinking possibly the most miniscule can of Pepsi Max that I have ever seen.

Seann introduces Sam at the end of the first episode as his ‘sixteen-year-old advice guru for the important things in life’ and goes on to mock the vlogger’s cringeworthy relationship advice by putting it into practice with a member of the audience. The results are excellent but he just about steers clear of seeming in any way malicious towards Sam. In fact, I know that there’s no malice involved as Sam will appear in person later in the series – and will sing. Now I’ve heard his rendition of The Script’s ‘Hall of Fame’, so I’m expecting something musically unimpressive but comically fantastic.

I haven’t really worked out yet whether Sam honestly thinks he is dispensing vital advice or is just having a bit of a laugh. I assume it’s the latter. I hope it’s the latter.

 

In a way, it’s a shame that Seann Walsh World is tucked away on Comedy Central, as either people won’t have cable or satellite TV or those who do will stupidly think that it mustn’t be worth a watch because it hasn’t been made by a terrestrial channel. Let me tell you that it is worth watching – for the sight of Seann Walsh doing ‘the toilet roll walk’, if nothing else!

Seann Walsh World is on Tuesdays at 10:00pm on Comedy Central

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