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Comedy sketch show set in a surreal parallel universe where film and TV special effects are part of everyday life. In this world, superheroes, wizards and dinosaurs are commonplace in the daily merry-go-round of car chases, explosions and disasters.Written by
Mark Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The summary says it all really - some people must have had a bunch of short CGI clips (varying in quality from dreadful to okay) and decided the only way they could get it on television was to turn it into a sketch show. I'm not saying this is really what happened, but it's what everyone I've spoken to about this show thinks.
Therefore, you have a clip of a giant robot smashing up various London landmarks. It doesn't look bad. You could certainly imagine somebody knocking this up at home, being damn proud of it and putting it on a show-reel. Unfortunately, for the remit of the show, you have to put a joke in there. And that joke is that the giant robot is looking for its lost keys. Also, it swears, which is presumably supposed to be hilariously edgy.
90% of the show is like this - take a special effect and try to fit a punchline into it somewhere (or just some swearing). There are a couple of nice set-ups but they forget you have to build on these with actual moments of humour. The woman bringing her boyfriend - who's a CGI dinosaur - to meet her parents is a good set-up but the makers of this show seem to be labouring under the mistaken belief that putting a dinosaur in a living room is funny enough to carry a whole (far too long) sketch on its own.
After a while (well, ten minutes of an episode at most) I began to wonder if the people behind this understood comedy at all. The sketches are bad enough, but when they try to finish on a punchline it becomes a thousand times worse. Even what I felt was the funniest sketch (which featured no CGI) was hampered by an OTT, stupid punchline that was obvious from the very beginning.
There's a CGI character in this (The Most Annoying Creature in the Universe) that tells really bad jokes. They're supposed to be really bad, because it's supposed to be annoying. What really happens is you realise that very, very few of the jokes elsewhere are any better.
If The Wrong Door achieves anything of note, it's of being the worst comedy featured on a channel (BBC3) well know for broadcasting the most dreadful comedies of recent years.
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