Jason's not laughing
Sun, 3 February 2008
"Laugh out loud" it says and it certainly is possible you might laugh. But in the long run that is quite unlikely, as a better title for this DVD would have been "Some of the good bits and some of the crap from Fast forward". Most of the people considering this title would have been in a position to watch the majority of the best bits the first time around on TV fifteen plus years ago, or otherwise caught the almost endless repeats on Austar/Foxtel.
Having said that, it's certainly far from not funny and if you can sit through the whole thing without cracking a smile, I'd say you were in urgent need of a sense of humor transplant. But the Australian comedy scene has changed and grown since this material originally aired. If nothing else it serves as a stroll down memory lane and takes you back to the time when mullets were cool, mobile phones were as big as a house brick and Billy Ray Cyrus was considered a talented musician (okay I'm pushing really far with that last one).
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While the more topical stuff has lost some of its shine the character based sketches will bring the memories flooding back. You may not be able to immediately recall names like Bob and Sheryl Ugly, Mary Macgregor, Ray Martin (with his baked on crash helmet hair), or the cast of Dumb Street and Peter (pronounced "poiter") just to name a few. Most of these people have gone on to bigger and better things these days , if nothing else this DVD shows you what Eric Bana was doing before he got in to films and where the foundations of Kath and Kim came from.
A common thing to include on DVD's is the out-takes in the extra features. This disk takes a different approach, the bloopers are part of the show and while this is always amusing (something about seeing someone else make a fool of themselves in public I think) it does run very close to being overused here.
If its laughs you're after there are some to be found here. You may find more elsewhere, or you may just watch this Fast Forward compilation and piss yourself. It's hard to say as everyone's sense of humor is different. Many of the featured comedians are still about and involved in comedy and or television in some capacity, you could certainly do worse than take a look at where they came from.
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