Whew… I’ve been so busy, I haven’t posted many re-caps recently. Recent eps of Mad As Hell and Mr and Mrs Murder are on ABC iView and Channel Ten’s site respectively. You can also catch-up on Shaun’s radio appearances: on ABC 774 and Triple J, where the listeners chose for him to read the copyright message in last night’s MAH as Yoda.
While at a recent recording night, Shaun was asked about which of his old Full Frontal characters might also make a return, on the back of Nobby Doldrums being in the Vox Pops of Mad as Hell. As far as I can recall, here was some of his comments:
Milo Kerrigan, of course made a few appearances on TAYG, but Shaun recalls that a senior person at Channel Ten did say something to the effect of “he doesn’t really work, we can’t really understand him. It would be better if he could be understood.” And so Milo stopped making appearances.
Fabio – age was Shaun’s main reason for not resurrecting him, but did indicate they once planned to bring him back a few years ago. He would have been living in Rosebud and be known as the “most beautiful man… in these pants.”
David McGahan – Shaun feels that this character really got merged into the TV personas he’s portrayed as “himself”. Besides, Gary (McCaffrie) would probably put a stop to any re-appearance – as he did during the P(r)ogram(me).
But he certainly still gave some great impressions of Billy Connolly, Michael Cane and Jimmy Stewart.
More seriously, he even commented: “Hidden away on SBS, with Newstopia, I got to play Kofi Anan, and no-one complained. It was beautiful makeup, I would have defied you to [guess it wasn’t me], in fact I went home wearing it…. If you’re playing a person, and you can play that person, I think that’s OK. But if you’re playing just a character of ethnicity, and that’s the joke, I don’t know if that’s defensible.”
I don’t usually write a review for any of Shaun’s work – this is a fan site obviously, so there’s obviously going to be a bit of bias, for which I’m not ashamed. But so many have thrown in their two cents, why not me 🙂
The humour in Mad As Hell is pure Micallef, and was spot on. From the direct jokes like putting Julia Gillard against the wall to the beautifully subtle jokes like the new French president being not far enough to the left for Angela Merkel. The ensemble cast is great too, especially seeing Francis and Roz play their parts perfectly.
Shaun’s wardrobe and look were great. It may seem like an odd comment, but sometimes he can look… strange for strange’s sake.
There was an experiment in showing Shaun’s more serious personality with an interview, but it didn’t make the cut – it’s on YouTube if you want to see it – but hopefully they try something similar again, because it sure caught us off what we expected – in a positive way.
I felt the show was warmer than Newstopia – perhaps the audience were part of that. A few comments have been made over the “canned” laughter. I assure you it wasn’t canned – I was one of the people – but I do think it may have been a little over balanced in the audio mix.
I do feel that the show didn’t breath enough – I felt it rollercoasted through the topics too quickly that you could be enjoying the jokes but not realise the topic had changed. Micallef Program had more drawn out sketches; Newstopia was a little slower and also had ads to punctuate it. There was a lot to fit in to half an hour, but maybe some of it could be lost for the sake of a more balanced pace.
My impression of the theme music was that it felt a bit… weak, especially compared to some of the amazing themes Micallef’s shows have had previously.
But any negatives were tiny compared to the overall brilliance. All up, I think it’s one of the funniest shows on television in a long while, and I think it will only continue be a true standout.
Agree, disagree? Comment! 🙂
It was two years ago that Shaun Micallef Online first came… online…
When this site was started, it had been more than year since there had been a place to get news on one of the most truly individual, intelligent and witty comedians on Australian television. It now attracts over 1500 visitors a month, and is ranked straight after Wikipedia on Google.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed with their comments, emails, support or even just visited!
Yes, Shaun Micallef Online has existing for one year already, after picking up the pieces from our spiritual predecessor!
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Exciting news! To celebrate this website being online for one year in May, Shaun has agreed to answer your questions!
So, time to start scratching your noggin’ and think of what questions you would most like to Shaun. Try to think outside of what has already been asked. Add your question as a comment or email me, so we can compile them and send them to him. You have one week to send in your questions – it’s for all of us to find out what we want to know!