Dirty Laundry Live, a new panel show about celebrity gossip hosted by Lawrence Mooney and Brooke Satchwell, starts in a couple of weeks. “Get ready to embrace the shame of our obsession with celebrity and fame” says the official webpage, perhaps hinting that this show will not so much skewer celebrity gossip as celebrate it. So, kinda like pretty much every other look at celebrity gossip ever. Probably. We really should wait to see the show before passing judgement.
Yet Dirty Laundry Live does sound a little more “breakfast radio” than we’d hoped. Which is a shame, because there’s a way of taking a light-hearted look at the less serious stories in the media whilst keeping your tongue firmly in your cheek. And that way isn’t always to follow the media’s line and go after the subjects of silly celebrity stories – highlighting the stupid things journalists and commenters say is far funnier.
The Santo, Sam & Ed podcast, now taking a break after 24 episodes, usually gets it right. It may look like they’re just finding bizarre clips and playing them to death for cacks (“This is my sausage moment”, “Qatari cash”), but what they’re really taking the piss out of is the level of insight and commentary we get from people in the spotlight these days, or about people in the spotlight. That and they’re taking endless delight in crowbarring Clive Palmer/fat jokes in wherever possible. And very good Clive Palmer/fat jokes they are too.
It’s a shame Santo, Sam & Ed are taking a break, but Ed’s been in LA for several months and only been calling in via Skype for part of the show, and now Sam’s off to Eurovision, and as fun as it might be to have the Santo, Rob & Tom podcast maybe the Working Dog team have something in the pipeline? We’re to “stay tuned”, apparently.