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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 13, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

    Bring back Soupy Norman

    Fiona McCann

    Say what you like about Nightlive (and I know you will), but it ain’t a patch on Soupy Norman, which was probably the funniest thing I ever saw on RTE. At least the funniest intentionally humorous thing, which I recognise,  is not quite the same thing.  See for yourselves:

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    • nerraw says:

      Agreed. I stumbled across Soupy when it was repeated recently and was astounded at how clever and funny it was for an RTE comedy. A rarity.

      Nightlive. Watched it for the first time last night and WOW. Spectacularly bad and no comic timing whatsoever.

      They seem to take the view that if paedophiles were funny on Brasseye, then the mere mention of them will only be hilarious on Nightlive.

    • Sweary says:

      Woe is me. I completely ignored Soupy Norman when it was shown on RTE… but that was well worth the 9 minutes and 17 seconds. And let’s face it, the word Buttevant is funny.

    • Quint says:

      ‘Nightlive’ is a complete mess. It has obviously been influenced by the far superior ‘The Day Today’ and ‘Brass Eye’ of course but it more or less rips off ‘Anchorman’ also: the deluded, vain. egotistical anchorman ; the uptight female co-anchor; the crazy sportsguy; the psychologically unbalanced weatherman and so on. The ‘gags’ on the news ticker look as if they were written by first year Arts students for their rag-week magazine. It’s also about 10 years out of date and attempts to parody something that is already a joke: TV3 news, ‘Expose’ etc and Sky News, all of which are already a parody of themselves. The tone is all over the place. Are they trying to make a statement about news broadcasting or just being surreal? On the first episode, the whole team were talking and joking among themselves for about 10 mins…It’s never made clear whether they were still on air or off-air. John Ryan is just plain weird in it…why does he think he has an aptitude for comedy performance? He clearly hasn’t.

      I thought Soupy Norman was reasonably funny in parts, nothing special. It’s an Polish soap opera overdubbed with Irish dialogue…must have been very weird viewing experience for our huge Polish community.

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