We Are Klang Review: We Are Bored

July 29, 2009 by  
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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.

Emily Moulder

Nick says:

‘We Are Klang’ was one of the worst pieces of televised comedy I’ve seen in many a year. It was so similar in style to ‘Bodger and Badger’ (the popular 90’s childrens programme) that I half-expected the characters to start throwing mashed potato at each other at any moment. I can only assume the studio audience were given masks to wear, and had nitrous oxide injected directly into their faces at the required moments.

James says:

This a reply to Simon’s comment.

So essentially you’re saying that I can’t criticise something if it’s popular. By that logic I cant think that Russell Brand is a complete t**t, believe that Roman Polanski should die in prison or think that The Office was absolutely terrible.

Dan says:

it is dire slapstick.

John Doe says:

I Love A Wide Variety Of Programmes Theodore, Whether Comedy, Factul, Dramas, Etc, If I Put Down A List Of Programmes I Like, It Would Take A Long Time To Read It All

”BBC Three, I love Family Guy, I love Mighty Boosh, I Love Nearly Every comedy show, from QI, 8 out of 10 cats, Mock the week, HIGNFY ETC, To Shows like IT Crowd and Father Ted and all others”

As I peviously stated, i claimed to have liked alot of comedy shows, and films, and all sorts, just dont go round saying ”Small number of comedies” and re-read what i wrote. thanks you, case closed.
I should be a lawyer 😛

Bec says:

The worst thing I have ever seen.. makes even two pints of lager seem like comedy genius..

Theo says:

Oh, and to J9, there is nothing offensive in what Emily wrote. A comedy song about the life of a jew is that is essentially what they did.

John Doe, you should not be a critic. Your love of what is essentially a small number of comedy programmes actually makes you a relatively weak critic, as you would most likely be thoroughly impartial in future comparisons. A critic is there to criticise the intricate flaws in the programme; maybe you could be a reviewer and just pass your opinion onto people too frail to have their own.

Theo says:

I genuinely enjoy it, and cannot wait until the third episode is on BBC3 tomorrow night. I find it refreshing, and the three of them work really well. The incidents in front of the live audience where things dont go quite according to plan (such as the smashing of the PENAS helmet) and the ad libbing which follows really tickles my funny bone. Its all good for people to slate it, everyone has their own opinions, but it must have had a strong collective response in its pilot and before it was aired to get this far.
Im not a codger, and the Goodies is quite a vague reference for me, ive seen an episode or two, but not enough to get the reference. Plus, slamming it for being similar to a previous series which was an amazing success is just plain bizarre! If that setup works, whats wrong with taking an old concept (from the 70’s-80’s if i remember rightly), and trying to make it 21st century?

John Doe says:

Blatantly A Rip off of The Young Ones, With Greg As Rick, Steve As Vivian/Mike, And That Marek As a terribbly stereotypical Idiot, who is The Neil of The Group. I Didn’t Hate It, But I’d Rather Not Watch It Over Anything else on telly, that could be anything, as long as it’s remotely funny- unlike We Are Klang, Though It Did have a few witty, funny scenes, like with The Prince Gag ”No, I Said Finger Prints, Not Prince!” In which Marek Replies with a shocked face, if only they could of kept little sharp wits like that in and take out the random aspects- sure, i love BBC Three, I love Family Guy, I love Mighty Boosh, I Love Nearly Every comedy show, from QI, 8 out of 10 cats, Mock the week, HIGNFY ETC, To Shows like IT Crowd and Father Ted and all others, I just wish that They buck up and at least turn on their brains to atleast come up with a dectent, witty episode. I should be a Critic

jimmy says:

I thought both episodes were brilliant! What are you on about!

J9 says:

you are obviously in We Are Klang – I’ve never seen such a turgid load of c**k.

Emily M

(it) ‘does set up a comedy song about Jews that is actually pretty funny’

Please re-read that shocker of a sentence and feel at least a little shame.

Jack says:

I’m glad I have a book on my coffee table, because this show has made me hate the invention of television. It’s just awful.

Simon says:

Wow. It’s almost as if you’re unaware that they have been a very successful comedy act for over 5 years.
For what it’s worth, I thought it was a good start and exceedingly funny in places. Shame it’s been buried on BBC3 though…

James says:

I thought We are Klang was absolutely dire. Quite possibly the worst sitcom in the history of television. I would rather stick pins in my eys than watch another episode of this drivel. All involved should be thoroughly ashamed and Greg Davies, Steve Hall and Marek Larwood should be prevented from writing until the day they die.

Dave Strange says:

The BBC must be on drugs. I thought they might have learned from their mistakes (the string of poorly written comedies shown on BBC Three, ‘Clone’ being a particular low point, bar the scenes with Mark Gatiss of course) but no, they continue to churn out the crap. At least we’ve had ‘Psychoville’ these last few weeks, which has been truly brilliant.

brian says:

I thought we are klang was really funny! Yes its silly, but it was honestly silly. The interaction of pre-recorded scenes with live audience stuff was surprising and hilarious. Some great gags and a half hour that seemed like 10 minutes, what else can I say? Well done to bbc3 for putting on something as `out there` as `We Are Klang`