Vale Dirty Laundry Live

It’s amusing to read back our review of episode 1 of Dirty Laundry Live and recall this…

[Celebrity gossip’s] a solid comedy topic, and more importantly, it’s not one that’s currently being mined to death.

…because 16 weeks on and Dirty Laundry Live has a competitor in the form of This Week Live. What is it with TV programmers? One minute all the want is Daily Show knock-offs, next minute they’re all making comedy panel shows about pop culture. Or to be slightly more accurate, putting breakfast radio on TV.

Having said that, and despite it being more “breakfast radio” than Dirty Laundry Live, This Week Live is probably the better show. Its 45 minutes of air time are a well-paced mix of stand-up, segments, sketches and guests, whereas Dirty Laundry Live is just topic after topic, a very light-touch quiz and Luke McGregor’s interview. Sure, the quiz is an inoffensive framework to hang the rest of the show on, and Luke McGregor’s schtick is great, but some of the topical discussions have really dragged – especially when the show was extended to 45 minutes. And they’ve dragged even when someone good was on the show, and there were lots of good people – old faces and new.

What Dirty Laundry Live didn’t nail over its 16 week run was the right format. It evolved a lot but it still felt like there was something missing. What it needed more of was pre-recorded sketches and segments, to break away momentarily from the main panel discussion and quiz. One of the nice things about good live shows is they have an “anything could happen” atmosphere to them. Dirty Laundry Live never quite had that. The panel could swear and talk about sex and stuff, but no one was suddenly going to burst on to the screen and do something really surprising. And if that was never going to happen, what was the point of doing it live? Or doing it at all?

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5 Comments

  • Urinal Cake says:

    ‘This Week Live’ should replace ‘The Project’. The quality would take a hit due to the turn around but it actually makes sense for 10’s demographics.

  • BIlly C says:

    It’s been recommissioned already. I didn’t watch it past ep 1. You’d have to think that This Week Live wont last with sub 300,000 ratings. If it doesn’t jump considerably after Hamster goes off its in serious trouble.

  • J says:

    Just noticed that Ten puts the full episodes of This Week Live on Youtube (for instance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXf4ShiN00c )

    Nice to not have to touch Ten’s iffy catchup player.

  • Hello says:

    I thought it was horrible, like The Project trying even harder to be funny, and not succeeding one bit.

  • Andrew says:

    DLL was a bit hit and miss… some weeks it was really good but others it fell a bit flat. Being live to air probably doesn’t help that as you can’t edit out the awkward pauses.

    But overall I thought it was a good show and glad it’s coming back for series two.