REVIEW | Skit Happens #PilotWeek

The first of eight shows in Ten's Pilot Week initiative (and the first of two sketch comedy shows) - DeciderTV.com's Steve Molk reviews SKIT HAPPENS.

The cast of Skit Happens
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HOW DID TEN PITCH IT?

Nothing is safe from a Skit Happens parody, when the nations up-and-coming comedians join forces for Network Ten’s first sketch comedy in 12 years. 

 

WHAT IS IT REALLY?

A sketch comedy show with a core cast of eight performers, delivering jokes, parodies and a bunch of new comedic characters with no set theme.

 

WHO IS IN IT AND WHO RESPONSIBLE FOR IT?

Cast are Heath Franklin, Neel Kolhatkar, Janis McGavin, Jenna Owen, Josh Glanc, Stuart Daulman and Vita Carbone.

The show is produced by CJZ Productions.

 

WAS IT ANY GOOD?

A skateboarding Matt Preston as the new Bachelor? Penis allergy? Millennial Parents? Waleed Aly stand-in? A half-Spanish fridge whisperer? New-school v old-school dating? Aussie backpackers living in a van in Europe? Animated The Voice parody?

Look, there's a lot of potential. There were some funny moments, though it wasn't wall-to-wall LOLs. Pilot week actually works as a disservice to sketch comedy because it doesn't allow the cast and writers to develop properly when they only have one 30 minute (22 minutes with ads) ep to introduce the players and establish what we'd hope to be are the characters we'll watch across the season.

It's great to see three funny women in the cast, and it's not all white people to boot. Also it's not the same old faces which allows for some fresh ideas and characters (acknowledging how long it's been since Ten have done any sketch comedy).

It's very clear they spent a lot of time and energy on the show as there's some good set-ups for a single joke and the entire moment is over in 15 seconds. Some sketches could have done with some further script editing. It would be great to see both sketch shows go to series. 

Good sketch comedy is hard at the best of times. Judging it on a single episode is near impossible. Skit Happens also comes off the back foot of an entirely new team working together (as opposed to Kinne Tonight which is an existing team who have been together for some time).

 

SHOULD IT GO TO SERIES?

Someone has to start a new thing, and at 8pm (when most other shows start at 8:30pm or later) it's a big ask up against Seven & Nine's big reality formats. It may not be a ratings winner because of the competition it faces - it won't be for lack of trying. It would be great to see what this talented group of performers could do with another 10 or 12 eps.