Not particularly funny.
I thought there was potential for something good.
I was wrong.
Looking forward to some "What a po-faced lot" backlash from returning Arena-ites who had a whale of a time
Might try and catch the TV version having been otherwise engaged this evening - I quite like the idea of a barbed Lloyd-Webber p***-take / send-up. Nessun Korma sounds dire though...
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
I missed most of the the second half as I wanted to relive the NYO concert on TV. The beginning of the Reizenstein Concerto Populare sounded as though the old warhorse has plenty of life left in it.
You'd never hear a piece where the humour is predicated on the idea of black people eating watermelon, fried chicken, chitlins and greens (Puccini in Pickaninny?) Same thing...why this was acceptable was beyond me. Maybe in Britain, casual racism isn't the issue it is in the US...oh well.
Other parts of the show were quite enjoyable and clever; for instance, I loved the Flanders & Swann singalong, the Victor Borge schtick, and the Sondheim spoof. However, at times I found myself admonishing myself with the same lines I always use on the likes of you: "Not every Prom has to appeal to every listener. Who are you to begrudge people their enjoyment? Don't you see how many enthusiastic new young faces are here? Lighten up and stop your whinging: if it's not "for" you, you should have stayed home."
I guess it just wasn't for me.
They wouldn't broadcast racist songs from either of those shows on NPR. Oh well, I suppose standards at NPR are a bit different: did you think what Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand did to Andrew Sachs was great fun too? Were you yukking it up at Richard Hammond's slurs against Mexicans?I suggest you watch "Family Guy" or "South Park". No, watch both.
You say "edgy," I say "rotten".
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Now THAT's funny.
And for what it's worth, it's not that I'm po-faced about everything: I certainly don't have a problem with raunchy humour as long as it's witty and clever. In fact, I've seen Tape-Faced Boy's "half-dress" act done much better as a neo-burlesque/performance art cabaret act in New York City: a Fay Wray/King Kong striptease to the tune of "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing". Tacky as all get-out, but that's part of the point.
Here's an article about the neo-burlesque performance art renaissance in New York. I suppose I prefer this kind of humour to much of what was on Radio 3 last night because although it's often crude and over-the-top, it's basically good-natured and seldom mean-spirited. Oh well, to each his own. And never in a million years would I say this kind of thing is appropriate for the Proms or Radio 3...that's my take on it, at any rate.
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