The Day Today

BBC Television Series. 1994. Creators: Christopher Morris, Aramando Iannucci. Comedy.
The Day Today

I hate satire. Yeah, there, I said it. Get over it. One percent of the time satire is funny. Most comedic satirists believe all you have to do to be funny is be satirical. This is wrong. You must also be funny. Which they forget. Luckily, that one percent does exist and that one percent is The Day Today.

Created by Christopher Morris and Armando Iannucci, The Day Today is as silly as it is relevant. Much like The Daily Show, The Day Today is a spoof television news program that satirizes (I promise that will be the last time I use that word) both current events and the news programs that provide them. From anchors "losing" the news to making interviewees suck helium to discredit their statements, The Day Today puts all other subversive TV programs to shame. Did I also mention this was where Alan Partridge was created?

But I'm really not doing the show justice. The joke per minute ratio is extremely high yet never does it feel overwhelming ... er, no, I take that back. It does feel overwhelming but in much the same way the news feels overwhelming with constant facts and stories coming at you from all angles! And in that way, it feels exactly like a real news show. If it wasn't so surreal, you'd think you really were watching the news.

I mean, where else are you gonna see a news show were the anchor proclaims, "Fact me 'til I fart."

Posted by:
Eric Branscum
Jan 12, 2008 5:59pm
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