A couple of weeks ago I mentioned Snuff Box, the new BBC Three programme from Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher (from The Mighty Boosh).
Well, it’s a bit crap isn’t it? I thought the first episode was okay. Maybe it just needed some time to get warmed up. But the second episode was if anything worse. It’s one of those programmes where they don’t seem to write any jokes. They’re more concerned with being weird and dark. I mean, the main characters are hangmen. “Look at me being dark!,” says the Snuff Box.
It reminded me a bit of The Armando Iannucci Shows. You can’t quite find your feet with it — it’s part sitcom, part sketch show. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Although I think the only reason I thought it was like The Armando Iannucci Shows was because it had a very similar joke about ‘golf sale’ signs.
There were a few good moments. I loved the teach-yourself-guitar bit in the first episode (“Without the guitar there would be no music, no dancing and no magazines”). The presenter had an oversized hand, and it reminded me a lot of when I tried learning guitar with one of those videos when I was aged 10!* The bit in episode two when Rich was reading out Matt’s diary was also quite funny. But apart from that, the whole programme seemed to be half unfunny and half lacking jokes.
*In retrospect, trying to learn guitar so early was a serious mistake. My poor tiny hands couldn’t cope and I ended up just giving up immediately.