Beehive: So Bad It’s Not Funny
What ever happened to the great British comedy sketch show? Is it just me or are they just getting worse and worse? I watched Beehive on E4 last night and was bitterly disappointed and how much I didn’t laugh.
I had high hopes for this all-female sketch show. Unfortunately, what I was subjected to was half an hour of crass, toilet humour and knob jokes. Firstly, the punch-line was so obvious you could see it coming a mile off. Secondly, not only could you see it coming, but they then had to d-r-a-w—i-t—o-u-t- for as long as possible. We’ll take something verging on funny, and then we’ll hammer it in your face again and again until you WILL find it funny. That’ll make you laugh. It’s like torture through the means of comedy.
And what’s with all the references to male genitalia? It’s not funny when there is NO context for it at all! For example, three women are doing an aerobics class…then the camera pans down to reveal rather large bulges protruding from their excessively tight leotards, if you know what I mean. And this is funny because? It’s as if the writers thought “I can’t really think of anything funny right now so I’ll just include a penis on a woman in one sketch and lots and lots of blood and gore in another – that’ll do. How lazy!
Comedy on TV in general is rather dire right now. The reputable female comediennes seems to have all retired, and most male comics seem to waste their talent on the mindless churning out of quiz show after quiz show, like 8 Out of 10 Cats or Have I Got News For You. There are about five guzillion different varieties of these shows now, it’s hard to keep up. On each one, the comedians do their best to deliver witty responses to dumb questions. Not exactly cutting-edge comedy. The days of Smack the Pony and The Mighty Boosh are gone. Dead and gone forever. Oh, unless a good sketch show happens to pop up. Beehive isn’t one of them. If you want half an hour of your life to waste away with no purpose then watch it.