Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Kath & Kim



Maybe I’m just puerile. Come to think of it, I AM PEURILE. Only a lowbrow sensibility with a love of bum and fanny flap humour could possibly find the Australian stitcom Kath & Kim remotely amusing.

It makes me laugh out loud. It’s hard to say why. Every episode is ultimately a variation on the same theme and repeats the same jokes with minor variations.

Perhaps it just conforms to my existing prejudices regarding Aussies. Having never had the remotest desire to emigrate to a land where Aussie Rules Football (legalised violence) is regarded as a first rate sporting pastime, Kath & Kim has reinforced my antipathy.

I know that Australians aren’t all crass suburb dwelling ignoramuses with an obsession with barbies and slabs of tinnies (crates of beer), and I’m sure that the Sydney Opera House is a perfect symbol of cultural and artistic maturity, but even so, I think Kath and Kim have stamped their stilettos on the true beating heart of Ockerdom.

It’s got nothing to do with old world snobbery. I’m sure a Birmingham brick box housing scheme isn’t much different (apart from the sunshine and swimming pools).
In the end, I think that it comes down to the lingo. Any society that describes cracking birds as ‘hornbags’, and good looking males as ‘hunk ‘o’ spunks’ has to be a bit suspect.

Britain is so much more civilised in this respect. The sight of crowds of bevvied retards baying for the ladies to ‘get your tits out for the lads’, and micro skirt clad laddettes peeing in gutter, makes my heart swell with pride.

9 comments:

funny thing said...

Sometimes the gentlemen drinkers of Britain might ask a lady that he meets in a Public House, if she might "fancy a fuck, Dahlin'".

I have been known to consider this a bit forward so I will have to disagree with you.

However, at least this parlee is carried out in the Queen's English and, very few of the ladies in question are called Sheila, so we have something going for us, I guess.

suburban wonder said...

We don't get any Aussie shows here in the US. The closest we get is the Croc Hunter. I guess I'm not missing much.

Betty said...

Forget all of the not very funny, self consciously weird, we've never quite grown out of being students comedies like Green Wing, Kath 'n' Kim is genuinely laugh out loud funny. I should imagine I'm only saying that because I'm as common as muck, though.

Sniffy said...

Ah Kath and Kim. I watched the first episode, there was a woman with an eyepatch in it. It wasn't for me. I love comedy and i really tried to like it, but I couldn't find anything there for me. It's a shame, but that's how it goes.

The golden age of Australian TV was, without a doubt, the the mid to late eighties: Prisoner Cell Block H (Ok it was really late coming to the UK); Sons and Daughters; Neighbours and the fantastic Home and Away. Wonderful TV.

I must agree that the gentlemanly and ladilike conduct of Britain's young people has no comparison around the globe. Simply delightful.

S.I.D. said...

I cant wait till that annoying Australian crocodile "expert" gets the leg bitten off him.

Bastard

First Nations said...

i've seen that on the 'sundance' channel here. didn't do too much for me, although the fat girl with a large facial wen was worth a mean snicker.
vote#2 for croc hunter getting his shortcomings bit shorter

MHN for short said...

Well, Australia did have it's fair share of the dregs of England residing over there...

Just a thought...

Rowan said...

wish we got it here, from your description, sounds like the sorta tripe I'd enjoy

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