For those of you who haven’t, yet, been introduced to the slightly weird and dark world of Charlie Brooker, get yourselves over to BBC2 on Thursday nights at 10pm.
For those of you are familiar with Charlie Brooker, you’ll already know that he provides the best comedy out there – viciously satirical.
His current series of Weekly Wipe got off to a brilliant start. Charlie Brooker was as misanthropic, depressed and angry as ever. He pokes fun at everything. Sometimes with warmth and appreciation of the brilliance of something e.g. there is a bit of spoofing of Wolf Hall that gives the impression that Charlie Brooker really enjoyed the BBC2 drama. However, when he wants to be vicious, he doesn’t hold back – the mash-up of Top Gear was merciless, and went for the jugular.
This series is even better, because he has toned down the swearing. I am not prudish, and some bad language definitely can add humour. But Charlie Brooker, in the past, wasn’t able to complete 3 words without one of them being unrepeatable. He has toned it down, by his standards, but he has lost none of his aggressive and satirical bite; and the swearing count is still ludicrously high, probably one in every 10 words now.
But, the #Show is not just Charlie Brooker. He provides a platform for some brilliant comic interludes for a number of other “characters”. Philomena Cunk’s Moments of Wonder is brilliant.
But, the show is mainly about the news, politics and current affairs. And Charlie’s brilliant acerbic swipes at the big stories about Charlie Hebdo and The Sun’s Page 3 were clever. And, it is the cleverness of his observations and analysis, that makes all the distasteful humour work – basically, he is accurate in his satirical attacks, and expresses them with immense misanthropic wit.
This is the weekly news told with humour - it includes real footage of the news; and is clever postmodern stuff that mocks and comments on The News. He is at his most vitriol when he talks about the right-wing US News station, Fox News.