A half hour sketch comedy show that is not politically correct (it was made in the early 1980's). It's not uncommon to see women in their underwear doing whatever is necessary to get a ... See full summary »
A half hour sketch comedy show that is not politically correct (it was made in the early 1980's). It's not uncommon to see women in their underwear doing whatever is necessary to get a laugh. It showcased the talents of veteran performers John Byner (the host) and Bob Einstein as Super Dave Osbourne. Written by
In an early "Super Dave" sketch, Super Dave attempted to overcome being crushed by a wrecking ball dropped on his head, by repeating the word "Balloonball". The result, at the end of the sketch, was Super Dave's helmeted head, with two sneakers poking out underneath. The sketch was so popular that for a period Showtime network used a cartoon icon of Super Dave's head on two feet in ads for the show. See more »
"Bizarre" is right! Very original sketch show from the early 1980s. Here in the US it premiered on HBO with all the topless female nudity and swearing in it. I admit I laughed more than once and (for the time) the almost constant nudity was kind of shocking. After awhile though the shock value wore off and it started to get pretty annoying. This show used the flimsiest excuses to have women take their tops off. I'm not protesting the nudity (the women were all attractive)--but it was the same joke over and over and over again. The show actually managed to make nudity dull! That's quite an accomplishment. On commercial TV they "cleaned" it up. The nudity wasn't there! It seems the sketches were shot from different angles to not show anything--they would show the back of the women but not the front. If anything the strange camera shots made it difficult to watch. And all the swearing was bleeped out.
It wouldn't play well today. It would be accused of being sexist (there was never any male nudity) and female nudity isn't half as shocking today as it was back in the early 1980s. Then again host John Byner himself was very funny and he carried the show. Maybe it would work. So--it had its moments but when every single episode had a joke involving a woman taking her top off it got boring real quick.
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