Some of the cast, crew and creative team talk about the conception and production of the award-winning stage musical 'Jerry Springer: The Opera'. This programme was made to air before the ... See full summary »
After hearing comedian Frankie Boyle say that all comedian over 40 should quit because they're not angry enough any more, 42-year-old Stewart Lee ponders youth, piracy, pears and the hatefulness of the Top Gear presenters.
'Jerry Springer-The Opera' tells the story of a day in the job of world famous talk-show host, Jerry Springer. Jerry has to sort out a number of guests problems; including a man who wants to dress up as a baby, a man with 3 lovers (one of them a transexual) and a fat woman who wants to be a pole dancer. However, on this particular day, something out of the ordinary will happen... Written by
The BBC received over 50,000 complaints about the screening of this show (most of them before it aired), making it the most complained about TV broadcast in British television history. See more »
[Jerry is hanging over a pit, about to be burned in the fires of hell for not solving the problems of Satan]
Wait! At least give me one chance to sort this out!
I have a dream!
[he is lifted slighty out of the pit]
I have a dream where everyone here turns to their neighbour...
... and shakes them by the hand and says...
..."You know, you're not such a bad guy. Why don't you come on over, my wife's making meatloaf!"
[dropped into pit]
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This is a show that is pornographic, vulgar, profane and blasphemous. And therein lies its charm. It is a thoughtful polemic against fallen media and social standards and against organized religion. It is infuriating but it is as though the infuriation factor is designed as a filter to keep out anyone unable to appreciate the thoughtful arguments beneath the shock and the schlock. The music (if not the raunchy lyrics) has an echo of Andrew Lloyd Weber. The voices, the choreography, the staging and the orchestra are all first rate. Think of it as a modern day Don Giovanni. Indeed the premise and the conclusion are much the same as those in Mozart's masterpiece. There are some great lines as when Springer, brilliantly played by Davd Soul, protests "You can't put me in hell.I'm Jewish." It's doubtful this will make it to US television. Certainly the evangelical truth squads will do everything they can to block it. It was on Bravo here in Canada Saturday night and I applaud them for their chuptzah in showing it. It might turn up in some fringe theatres or video shops in the US. Once you get past the provocative format, you'll find it a worthwhile exercise.
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