The Parliament (1999– )
"Parlamentet" (original title)

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In "Parlamentet" we see the best Swedish comedians in disguise try dirty tricks on politicians and give their own obstinate solutions to Sweden's problems. After several seasons with Hans ... See full summary »

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In "Parlamentet" we see the best Swedish comedians in disguise try dirty tricks on politicians and give their own obstinate solutions to Sweden's problems. After several seasons with Hans Rosenfeld as host, this spring Henrik Schyffert took over. In the blue team we meet Sissela Kyle, Helge Skoog, Johan Wahlström and Mikael Tornving. In the red team we meet Johan Ulveson, Henrik Hjelt, Annika Lantz and Babben Larsson. "Parlamentet" is based on the original idea "If I ruled the world" from Hat Trick. Written by www.jarowskij.se

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Former host Henrik Schyffert, who left the show in 2003, returned in 2005 as one of the politicians. See more »

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[Mikael Tornving is imitating a German interrogation leader]
Henrik Schyffert: What should we do to increase the interest for the Swedish language?
Mikael Tornving: We shall punish all those who are talking... what are you saying?
Henrik Schyffert: I was asking how we could increase the interest for the Swedish la...
Mikael Tornving: You're talking about the interest for the Swedish language, are you not?
Henrik Schyffert: Yes.
Mikael Tornving: Sit straight when I'm talking to you, and look me in the eyes. You have a very suspicious mind, you know that?
Henrik Schyffert: Sorry?
Mikael Tornving: You should be clear of what you are ...
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Everybody likes Parlamentet...
4 February 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

...because nobody likes our politicians.

Satire is one of the most powerful tools in entertainment and media in the Western world--as recently seen by the publishing of cartoons depicting Mohammed the prophet much to the Muslims' disgust--and "Parlamentet" is just that, except it does not seek to offend Islam, only the Swedish parliament system.

It pokes fun at known Swedish politicians in the Riksdag by dividing comedians into two teams (red team and blue team), red for social democrats and blue for conservatives and letting them compete for the audience's votes at the end of the show, much like the elections held every four years. There is also a host (currently Anders Nilsson) who acts as something like a spokesperson of the Riksdag.

The duel is a half-hour long delight of misunderstandings, sarcasm, doctored images and news clips, and often eerily accurate imitations or parodies of politicians.

I find the subtle jokes and, even to some extent, the puns to be the highlight of this show, especially during "Kunskapsronden" in which the two teams are simply asked to answer questions about various subjects or cultural issues. The blue-team politician Mikael Tornving usually does this quite brilliantly with his deadpan deliveries.

However, as funny as the subtle jokes are, so unfunny are the most of the cruder imitations and excessive body-language usually performed by none other than famous Swedish comedian Robert Gustafsson. It's simply tends to be over-the-top but, when used more seldom, can add to the show in a positive way.

What's interesting to note is perhaps the political orientation of the comedians on "Parlamentet" (there are about 6-7 of them who take turns in appearing on the show); they never switch over from blue to red or vice versa and this of course makes us associate them with being either conservative or socialist in real life. In reality, not a single one of them has commented on their political affiliation, which is probably quite admirable.


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