We Are Klang Review: We Are Bored
WE ARE KLANG: Thursday 30th July, BBC3, 10:30pm Alert Me
An audience participation sitcom with musical numbers, We Are Klang is set in the fictional town of Klangbury and follows the rubbish efforts of the local councillors.
The first episode follows Greg, Steve and Marek as they try and come up with a way to fund a new Fire department, so they put together a variety show. Slapstick and off the wall comedy ensues.
Angry giant, Greg Davies, plays the hapless leader of the group. You know it, I know it: he looks like Rik Mayall, something that doesn’t go unnoticed by characters in the show.
Steve Hall and Marek Larwood play Greg’s councillor minions and help him out of whatever bizarre mess they’ve gotten themselves into. Steve plays it cool and deadpan and acts as a good foil for the wackiness of the others. Marek makes it difficult to decide if he’s the most annoying person at a party or a controlled comic genius.
As a show, it’s quite self-aware, acknowledging its ‘Department of Audience’ and the fact that it’s a bit of a rip-off of The Goodies. I half expected them to call themselves the Klangers and have done with it.
TittyBangBang’s Debbie Chazen also appears as the mayor of Klangbury; she’s not bad but she’s a little bit wasted on this.
The audience participation has limited gag appeal but does set up a comedy song about Jews that’s actually pretty funny. The sitcom end of the deal doesn’t hold up its end of the bargain either. If the Goodies watched the first episode of We Are Klang then they’d be spinning in their collective comedy graves.
On the whole there are a few laughs but it’s not big and it’s not clever. Any glimmers of comic genius are weighed down by bizarre, nonsensical rubbish. This one will have to work hard to make you love it.