The Being Frank Show (2010– )
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And to top it of, he had one guest who was a proficient musician (name I cannot recall). Frank complimented him on his new CD (which he had in his hand), and then the guest corrected him - it wasn't his CD - it was done by students at a local university who he mentored/directed, etc.
First of all it is not actually a show, the disclaimers CHCH TV runs say it is a paid advertisement and the views expressed don't necessarily reflect the views of the network yadda yadda... all the commercials are just the host selling his pasta, etc, yes the host of the show is also the guy in all the commercials selling the products because he's his own sponsor! It just makes me sad to watch this, Frank the host is the worst host I've ever seen, he doesn't know how to talk to his guests and all the jokes he tells are horrible and of the variety that you would have heard and groaned at a million times before. That could be forgiven if he was likable but he is not, he just seems like a selfish jerk desperate for attention.
This show is awful. The only good thing is that the guests they hire are sometimes big names, I didn't see that one but apparently Al Pacino was on the show. I don't know how they swung that but I'm guessing they drove a truck full of money up to his house and told him it was a real show.
My opinion: avoid this poor excuse for a show at all costs, it is just terrible!
I have seen many episodes of this show both on the air and on the website and to put it simply I find the number of positive votes and reviews for this show on IMDb spurious.
It also makes me very suspicious that someone reported my previous review as being "abusive"... not sure why IMDb pulled it but I have written this new one. There is nothing abusive in this and I am only presenting my opinion based on the facts as I know them...
Is Being Frank being fraudulent? I think so. I think this show is only on the air because this guy is paying for the commercial air time on CHCH-TV Hamilton, which is a fact -- every broadcast begins with a notice from the network saying that is the case.
Then a shot of talentless Frank singing and dancing. It was beyond a train wreck. Totally amateur in every aspect. I cannot understand why he is so desperate to be on TV.
As mentioned, the production is indeed paid advertising. Frank D'Angelo pays two local stations (one in Hamilton, Ontario, the other in Montreal, Quebec) to air the programming. The show is also carried on Rogers video on demand service. Somehow--according to Frank--this qualifies as a "nation wide" show.
Production quality is low; and captured in front of a small audience in the basement of a restaurant.
Presumably the production ostensibly exists to promote products sold by D'Angelo. However, these products are rarely--if ever--found in retail stores. One can't escape the feeling that D'Angelo is merely promoting himself, rather than energy drinks or cooking oil or rapini.
D'Angelo also touts contests ad nauseum. Contests which seem to go on for years. The majority of his "monologue" drones on about said contests.
It's actually pretty funny. Who cares what the ratings are for the show on IMDb.
Even if he tricks people into believing it might be good the absolute best case scenario for him is that people would then go check out his show on his website or whatever and then they would just see that the ratings are a lie and that he is without a doubt the worst TV host in the history of the world (except maybe for Elvira Kurt). The more money he spends buying fake votes and reviews the better, let him waste his money.
I hope he doesn't run out of money though because I love this show! It's like a car accident. He couldn't possibly make such a funny show on purpose but actually watch it and appreciate it for the train wreck it is and trust me you will laugh your head off. It has everything.
A full of himself host who can't deliver a joke in his always painful (yet awkwardly and unintentionally hilarious) monologues, check.
A band that is actually top notch who I'm sure are paid top dollar to be willing to perform on this terrible host's show, complete with fake smiles plastered across their face and a "please don't talk to us, Frank" look in their eyes. I bet they're out of there ten seconds after taping finishes.
A host who is a decent singer at best who sings constantly and who even horns in on guest singers, making them let him sing with them. There was a really (again unintentionally) funny interview and song with NHL great Theo Fleury.
Characters which are often played by the host himself.
Commercials which are all for the host's own products. Like I said it's a paid infomercial time slot that he buys, so all the "commercials" are just himself peddling his cheap products like Italian food and Cheetah Energy Drinks.
Painful interviews. The one with Al Pacino is priceless. He doesn't know Frank D'Angelo, is completely disinterested, checking his watch until his contractually obligated time is up before he gets what I'm sure was an envelope full of cash.... the best part is Frank keeps using clips of this exact same terrible interview which makes everyone look bad. I find myself laughing that Pacino probably thought he had a good payday for nothing but I'm sure he'd gladly hand that envelope back if he knew how awful he would look on TV and that Frank would keep using the interview again and again and again and again!
Watch the show, it's unintentionally hilarious, the host is a delusional scumbag who is 100% full of himself, and you'll see some great awkward moments.
I can't say much beyond that but I have to get to ten lines apparently? OK then.
The set stinks, it is just a curtain and looks like it is in somebody's gram-ma's basement.
The audience looks bored and I don't blame them I bet they were all paid to sit there.
The guests are boring and the host asks them really stupid questions and they are always just awkward with each other, case in point he made Theo Fleury sing with him.
The writing is the worst, they clearly have a joke book from 1915 and he tells awful jokes.
The band is OK that is the only thin okay about this show but the host sings with that band so I take it back, any band he sings with can't be OK they must stink.
This show is the worst, what a pathetic effort I hope CHCH gets it off the airwaves soon enough.