Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe: Ep. 5

“The wilfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid.”

J.K. Rowling

You may have noticed, Constant Reader, that I have decided to try reviewing comedy again.

Past attempts of this have mainly resulted in posts like “It’s really funny, OK?” or “don’t watch it, it’s awful”, which is all very well except that three-word posts tend to stretch a reader’s patience somewhat. But, to be honest, most comedy programmes are only half-an-hour long, and sometimes that’s just better than another interminable episode of Death in Paradise at midnight.

Anyway, Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe is, more or less, Have I Got News For You but less funny, more rushed, without the amusing politician-baiting and with some unfunny idiots chuntering about The Musketeers. (I should point out that they are meant to be idiots. But they’re still unfunny. Also pointless, and slightly offensive.)

There are laughs, it’s true, certainly in the first ten minutes or so, when Brooker’s unremitting cynicism hasn’t become wearing. But it quickly all gets very tedious, which is bad news for a half-hour show. (I’m always sad, for instance, when Have I Got News For You ends almost before it’s started.) The fact that Brooker rarely seems to believe in what he’s saying doesn’t help. And the set is annoying. Although there was one excellent moment when he attacked a Kindle with a sledgehammer. I almost cheered.

On the whole, though? Don’t watch it, it’s awful.

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