Saturday, 12 February 2011

Fast and Loose

Once upon a time there was a Radio 4 comedy called "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Due to a monumental failure of vision on the part of BBC Television, the TV rights were bought by Channel 4. After a stuttering start while they adapted to the visual medium (and a less high-brow audience) it became a tremendous success and helped launch the careers of Paul Merton, Josie Lawrence, Tony Slattery as well as introduce the UK to some great North American talents.

The show was the brainchild of Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson and went on to spawn a US version. They subsequently created the satirical news quiz "Mock The Week" for the BBC.

Dan Patterson's latest project is "Fast and Loose" which is pretty much a return to "Whose Line...?". The first episode wasn't great but subsequent episodes have been better - the show certainly has potential, although there may need to be some tweaks to the format. It's biggest problem is comparison to it's forebear and, presumably, a need for legal and artistic reasons to try to be sufficiently different from it.

The best feature so far has been David Armand's "Interpretive Dance" in which he mimes to song and a couple of the players have to guess what song he has been miming too.

Here he is, as Austria's foremost interpretive dance artiste, performing to The Killers' "Human":

But Armand has been doing it for years, here he is at The Secret Policeman's Ball in 2006 performing to "Torn"... with a special guest.



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