Gavin Baskerville - AS SEEN ON TV

Melbourne International Comedy Fesitval 2005
Capitol Theatre, Melbourne
Tuesday, 12th April 2005

Tagline: What's wrong with Australian television explained

I wanted to see at least one other show before Super Happy Robot Hour and Janet from the information booth outside the Town Hall recommended this one to me. It is a "Moosehead Award" recipient. This means it has the critical acclaim of the comedy festival fraternity and is highly recommended.

Coincidentally, last year I saw another "comedy lecture" type show in the same venue (The Somewhat Accurate History of Pirates.) It is an interesting way to present a show, but it would be difficult to balance the message you want to get across while still making it funny.

The title comes from Gavin wanting to have his own TV show by 2005 so he created this show for this year's comedy festival. It has also helped raise the attendance for his show as people turn up wanting to know what TV shows he has worked on. Also starring in the show is "Stevie the TV" an interactive TV who takes a big part in the show by providing appropriate images on screen and showing clips of some example shows.

Gavin knows what he is talking about as he has worked in the industry for several years on Channel 9, 10 and the ABC as a video editor and program screener. This show gives him the opportunity to vent his spleen on many issues regarding television in Australia and gives some revealing insights into things you may not know about various TV stations.

The fake TV shows were a big highlight of the show as they starred other comedians from the festival and were deliberately made in a dodgy style. Another great part of the show was the comparison of promos for channels 7, 9 and 10. For some reason the Network Ten promo got the best reaction (they are only the "young and hip" network because they say they are.)

Also of note was the comment about why the ads are seen as "too loud" by some people - they aren't technically, it's just that they sustain a higher level for a longer period and the money advertisers want to spend is dropping.

In the end there were not really any solutions presented to the current problem with Australian television standards, leaving it up to the audience to discuss the issues raised in the show. Gavin also invited anyone who had anything to ask him further about his experiences in the industry or who wanted to talk about the issues he raised to approach him after the show or in the future.


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