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To be nonplussed why people rave over Mrs Brown's Boys

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ComposHat Wed 01-Jan-14 12:41:35

I've tried watching it twice twice and haven't got past the first five minutes it was so awful.

It seemed like an artless parody of a shite 70s sitcom (like something Frankie Howerd forgot to make) Don't get me wrong I'm not a comedy snob and quite enjoy a broad knockabout comedy like Vicious, yet I am utterly bemused by Mrs Brown's Boys, it looks dated, absurd and utterly free from laughs.

Yet it has a massive following, especially amongst people of my parents' generation. Normally when there's a TV programme I dislike I can see why other people (Top Gear for example) may enjoy it. But Mrs Brown seems to be without any redeaming features.

There must be some fans out there who can explain its appeal?

ProfessorDent Tue 07-Jan-14 14:34:40

I am charmed a bit by the characters, who seem sort of likeable, so you can go along with the jokes more, just as if you like someone in real life you'll laugh at what they say. O'Carroll's technique of making eye contact with the camera, like Max Miller, helps this of course.

OpalMoonstone Mon 06-Jan-14 20:08:17

Yes indeed we have. No worries
I won't write it out then if it's been decided that that opinion is wrong.

ForalltheSaints Mon 06-Jan-14 20:06:14

It is even more of a mystery than why people waste their Saturday evenings watching X factor. It is awful and how it got a second series is beyond me, unless it was a result of a drunken bet.

HesterShaw Mon 06-Jan-14 19:39:22

The class thing is nonsense.

Again, I do think there is something in sense of humour having something to do with educational background.

Heartbrokenmum73 Mon 06-Jan-14 19:38:11

Haven't we already done the class thing?

I'm working class and I don't like it. Class has nothing to do with it.

Again, sense of humour is a subjective thing.

OpalMoonstone Mon 06-Jan-14 19:33:28

The Lily Savage bloke (forgotten his name) had Brendan O' Carroll on his talk show a couple of weeks ago. He was saying that working class people like him like it and explaining why. Will look it up on Youtube later when the kids are in bed and write out what he said. I'm sure not all working class people like it!

insummeritrains Mon 06-Jan-14 19:29:57

melika the mail on Sunday have reviewed it? I think I may be converted < runs to Iplayer >


SirChenjin Mon 06-Jan-14 19:00:43

The Mail's TV critic reviewed it? I'm intrigued....what did it say? Go, surprise me!

Heartbrokenmum73 Mon 06-Jan-14 18:03:03

Mail on Sunday mag - that nails it for me grin

melika Mon 06-Jan-14 14:52:08

Deborah Ross TV critic from the Mail on Sunday Event mag, reviewed it yesterday and she has nailed it for me.

Birdsgottafly Sun 05-Jan-14 19:17:44

"Btw - did you know that cat owners are likely to have a degree than dog owners? "

But when you break these sort of statisics down , it is usually shown to be that,
Those with degrees have more disposable income and so want to travel more.
Those without degrees live in areas were a dog acts as a good burglar defence and they live in an area were burglerys are more likely to happen.
Those without degrees need cheap hobbies. Etc

It generally all means sod all and certainly doesn't matter.

Lovecat Sun 05-Jan-14 19:04:07

AndyWarhol my dad used to roar at that Jim Davidson 'comedy'. Thankfully by the time it was on I was of an age to leave the house and go round to my mates to avoid it, but otherwise... <shudders at the memory>

everlong Sun 05-Jan-14 16:46:40

It is cringeworthy..

navada Sun 05-Jan-14 16:27:51

I loved Catherine Tate's 'Nan' last night. Totes hilar.

SirChenjin Sun 05-Jan-14 16:12:04

Netmums love MBB - you won't even have to explain the 'jokes' to them

aciddrops Sun 05-Jan-14 15:33:26

grin grin I'm obviously of very limited intellect. (Slopes off to join Netmums)

AndyWarholsBanana Sun 05-Jan-14 15:32:57

Oh Christ, I thought he was dead. Did anyone ever see "Up the Elephant and round the Castle?" It was a sit "com" starring JD. I was forced to endure an episode when staying with my gran. I've never quite got over it.

JollySantersSelectionBox Sun 05-Jan-14 15:01:25

I think I saw Jim Davison on Big Brother last night?

2Tinsellytocare Sun 05-Jan-14 14:44:26

If this thread makes you roll on the floor laughing I can totally believe that you'd enjoy Mrs Browns Boys

Heartbrokenmum73 Sun 05-Jan-14 13:09:18

But I don't think anything on this thread (about a tv show ffs) has warranted either 'get stuffed' or 'odfod' - both from people who love the show!

Generally seems to be that people against the show have taken an 'oh, we're too intelligent for it' stance and those against have been abusive.

Wonder what that says about the demographics of who watches what?

Heartbrokenmum73 Sun 05-Jan-14 13:07:12


I would definitely judge anyone who told me they were into Jim Davidson or Bernard Manning. Thankfully, I don't know anyone like that (or if I do, they've kept very quiet about it).

Do people under a certain age even admit to that these days? Jim Davidson is a racist, homophobic, woman-hating twat who I honestly wish would just crawl under a rock and stay there. Bernard Manning was the same. But he made nice turkey burgers though (I jest, before anyone corrects me!).

I don't really judge anyone who likes MBB, I know a lot of people who do like it, and I know that apart from that we do share the love of a lot of other comedy shows.

I don't think MBB is in the same league as Davidson and Manning. It's just a very Marmite show, as this thread had demonstrated.

aciddrops Sun 05-Jan-14 12:53:45

The real comedy is the bun fight on this thread. ROTFL

PS - I like Mrs Brown's Boys

ComposHat Sun 05-Jan-14 11:57:46

MinnieI am slightly nonplussed why you consider stating the bleeding obvious, that the things people like and consume is shaped to some degree by their background as a pseudo intellectualism.

I was not stating one form of comedy was better than any other, merely that the makeup of their audiences are different in demographic terms. If you accept this, why do you think this is? All you seem to offer is meaningless statements like 'people find funny ehat they find funny' as if we were born liking surrealist or slapstick humour.

Quite why my previous post warranted such a rude response I really don't know.

2Tinsellytocare Sun 05-Jan-14 11:20:42


AndyWarholsBanana Sun 05-Jan-14 10:00:13

Nobody has answered my question yet - are those of you saying that someone's taste in comedy says nothing about them as a person and is just a matter of personal taste. If you thought someone was generally sound, would your opinion of them genuinely not change if they told you that they adored Jim Davidson and Bernard Manning's 1980s stuff? It would actually be interesting to get a demographic breakdown of who watches different comedies.
Btw - did you know that cat owners are likely to have a degree than dog owners? Irrelavent but interesting.

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