Comedy Slab

Comedy Slab

Adrian Lacey & Shane O'Connor have more than 30 years of TV and Radio broadcasting experience in the UK. They get together every week to discuss a chosen comedy show, their love of comedy and to share their experiences of the programmes they have worked on and the people they have met and interviewed. Join them on Apple Podcasts, Spreaker, Stitcher, iHeart Radio and Youtube. Subscribe for a new episode each Tuesday. We're @ComedySlab on Facebook & Twitter


September 27, 2022 45 min
This week we review Lookwell (Pilot)

Lookwell was a television pilot written and produced by Conan O'Brien and Robert Smigel, the latter of whom would become a primary creative voice for O'Brien's late night show.

It starred Adam West. Despite being a "personal favorite" of NBC chairman Brandon Tartikoff (who had left that position by the time the pilot aired and was replaced by Warren Littlefield), the pilot was ...
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This week we review Not Going Out (Series 12 Episode 5)

Not Going Out is a light-hearted, fast-paced mainstream sitcom based around the life of a man un-burdened by ambition or drive. Lee deflects criticism and bad news with his trademark wit and one-liners but deep down he is looking for love, a steady job and a flat he can call his own.

By series 7, the will-they-won't-they tension between Lee and Lucy reach new highs, with Lee...
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September 13, 2022 45 min
This week we review Bob’s Burgers (Series 12 Episode 1)

The show features the Belcher family. Bob, his wife Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise.

The family runs a burger restaurant on Ocean Avenue in an unnamed seaside community (informally known as "Seymour's Bay" among the show's writing staff).

Bob's Burgers is located in a green two-story building which features an apartment on the second floor wh...
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September 6, 2022 45 min
This week we review Bristow (Series 2 Episode 1)

Bristow is a buying clerk (18th in line for Chief Buyer) working for the Chester-Perry organisation (the company's boss, Sir Reginald Chester-Perry, is never seen), who dreaming of grander things. Hoping the world is listening, he gives his opinions on life to anyone around, and if no one is around, is quite happy talking to himself.

His work colleagues include his friend Jones (al...
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August 23, 2022 44 min
This week we review Age Of Outrage (Series 1 Episode 1)

A pioneer of virtual production in sketch comedy and the most popular and successful TV comedy show (of 2020) featuring a sketch based in a bakers' shop.

Providing fodder for internet trolls since February 2020. With Miriam 'two bread rolls please' Isaac, Geraint Rhys 'too many characters' Edwards, Zak 'thinking' Ghazi-Torbati and Mali 'sourdough...
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August 16, 2022 43 min
This week we review Steptoe & Son (Series 3 Episode 7)

Living at Mews Cottage, Shepherd's Bush, Albert Steptoe and his son Harold are a family business. They are rag and bone men. With a yard full of battered furniture, tyres and scrap metal, Albert refuses to sell half of what Harold collects and keeps it, filling the house with worthless ornaments rather than pay the bills.

Albert is a war veteran and lived at home with Har...
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August 9, 2022 45 min
This week we review Police Squad (Series 1 Episode 5)

Created by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker, and starred Leslie Nielsen as Frank Drebin, Police Squad was first broadcast in the United States on the ABC network in 1982.

A spoof of police procedurals, the series featured Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker's usual sight gags, wordplay and non sequiturs. While a parody of many television shows and movies, it bore a partic...
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August 2, 2022 45 min
This week we review Hacks (Series 1 Episode 1)

Deborah Vance, a legendary Las Vegas stand-up comedy diva, needs to re-invent her aging act to avoid losing her residency at the Palmetto Casino.

Ava is a young comedy writer who is unable to find work due to an insensitive tweet and her reputation for being self-centered and arrogant.

When Ava's manager sends her to work as Deborah's new head writer, the two slowly bond as Ava ...
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July 26, 2022 45 min
This week we review Ankle Tag (Series 3 Episode 1)

Former convict Bob is forced to live with his uptight son Gruff, sympathetic daughter-in-law Alice and granddaughter Carys whilst on parole.

Gruff is a new father whose own father, Bob, suddenly comes back into his life after a long absence.

Bob is a convicted fraudster, released from prison on licence, who wants to inveigle his way back into his estranged son's life. He's cha...
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July 19, 2022 45 min
This week we review Only Murders In The Building (Series 2 Episode 1)

Three strangers share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one.

When a grisly death occurs inside their exclusive Upper West Side apartment building, the trio suspects murder and employs their precise knowledge of true crime to investigate the truth. Perhaps even more explosive are the lies they tell one another.

Soon, the endange...
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July 12, 2022 43 min
This week we review Henry IX (Series 1 Episode 1)

Set in the fictitious, contemporary court of Henry IX, King of the United Kingdom, this is the almost universal story of a forty-something man going through a mid-life crisis, except this one just happens to be the reigning monarch, King of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

This three part sitcom has been penned by the legendary, multi award-winning comedy writing team behind Porrid...
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July 5, 2022 45 min
This week we review Benidorm (Series 1 Episode 1)

The Solana holiday resort in Spain welcomes a regular group of British holiday makers each year.

There are sex-mad swingers; OAPs; young families; singletons; dodgy dealers; couples; flamboyant homosexuals; pub quiz champions; dysfunctional families and everything in between. And they're just the guests!

A similarly wild array of both Spanish and British staff members complete the ...
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June 28, 2022 45 min
This week we review The Music Teacher (Series 1 Episode 1 & 2)

The Music Teacher is a musical comedy written by and starring 2009 Writers' Guild award winner Richie Webb as music teacher Nigel Penny.

Shut away in a windowless practice room in a regional arts centre, Nigel endures a succession of pupils. The middle-aged bachelor with his homemade Moog; the six-year-old trombonist whose arms aren't quite long enough; and th...
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June 21, 2022 44 min
This week we review Superstore (Series 2 Episode 1)

Starring America Ferrera and Ben Feldman (who both also serve as executive producers), Superstore follows a group of employees working at Cloud 9, a fictional big-box chain store in St. Louis, Missouri.

Written by Justin Spitzer
Produced by America Ferrera, Harry J. Lange Jr, Eric Ledgin, Sierra Teller Ornelas, Ben Feldman
A Pitzer Holding Company / The District / Universal Production...
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June 14, 2022 45 min
This week we review Here We Go (Series 1 Episode 1)

Here We Go follows the highs and lows of the Jessop family as they navigate a combination of life's everyday challenges - changing careers, keeping the romance alive within a marriage, adopting a healthier lifestyle, kidnapping a dog, destroying a swimming pool and sabotaging a wedding.

Youngest son Sam documents the family across the year using his camera. Moving back and forwa...
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June 7, 2022 44 min
This week we review Monty Python’s Flying Circus (Series 1 Episode 1)

Surrealist, observational and curiously subversive, Monty Python's Flying Circus is a sketch show not quite like any other.

Mixing off-the-wall animated sequences, observational humour, innuendo and plain silliness, it often shines an inquisitive and mocking light on the established conventions and idiosyncrasies of British life, and accepted ideas and norms.

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May 31, 2022 45 min
This week we review The Secret World (Series 2 Episode 1)

The Secret World allows listeners to eavesdrop on the bizarre, surprising and very secret lives of public people who have been caught unaware by the microphone.

Parallel stories unfold from morning until night as the great and good become embroiled in the most unlikely situations.

Although not topical or political, The Secret World is a surreal twist on the familiar "impre...
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May 24, 2022 44 min
This week we review Modern Toss (Pilot)

Modern Toss is a couple of cack handed trouble-makers thinking up jokes and drawing them up for comics, greetings cards, books and animation.

Prized by connoisseurs and collectors, their laugh out loud prints and artwork decorate toilet walls throughout the country.

They made two TV series for Channel 4 along with an impressive stack of other short animations for the telly.

Written by Jon Link...
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May 17, 2022 45 min
This week we review Peter Kay’s Car Share (Series 1 Episode 3)

Car Share is written, directed by and stars Peter Kay.

The sitcom follows John and Kayleigh who have been thrown together in a company car share scheme, forcing their paths to cross as they journey to their respective jobs at a major out-of-town supermarket.

Each journey brings fresh insight into John and Kayleigh's lives, with twists and turns in their unlikely relati...
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May 10, 2022 45 min
This week we review Mum’s On The Run (Series 1 Episode 1)

Sitcom starring Ronni Ancona as single mum Jen and John Gordon-Sinclair as Mr Rigby.

Mum's On The Run follows Jen's hectic life as she finds herself spending most of her time as an unpaid chauffeur to her 14-year-old teenage existentialist son, Toby, and a tonally challenged harmonica practising 10-year-old daughter, Felicity.

Meanwhile, she also has to cope with her ja...
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