If you thought the Australian television comedy scene was dead at the moment, well, sometimes dead is better:
Get patriotic on the Aussie comedy day with Open Slather (Seasons 1 & 2), Just for Laughs Australia 2015, Best of the Sydney Comedy Fest 2016, and Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Big Three-Oh! 2016.
If you missed Open Slather the first time around you’re… well, 99.9% of the Australian population for starters. Advertised as a return to the “good old days” of sketch comedy, it was neither good nor old, though each hour-long episode did seem to run for days thanks to an endless supply of Downton Abbey sketches.
Slightly more interesting was the fact that it employed every single comedy writer in Australia – its wikipedia page lists at least 60 writers – and yet somehow seemed to be written almost entirely by the cast. Oh, and also that the final few episodes were only half an hour long because they ran out of money. And it wasn’t very funny.
Actually, that last one isn’t really that notable for an Australian sketch comedy.
Basically, this is the kind of car crash sketch show that’ll never be released on DVD and no-one bothered torrenting in the first place, so if you’d like to consider yourself a fully rounded connoisseur of Australian comedy you should probably find a mate with Foxtel and invite yourself over.
Make sure to bring a lot of snacks with you though – they’re not going to be happy with you once it starts.