Monday, October 15, 2007
As a Shaun Micallef fan, I'm quietly chuffed that after 3 years in the television wilderness, aside from the occasional guest appearance on Thank God You're Here, he has at last returned to our screens with NEWstopia, a satirical take on news and current affairs, airing on SBS on Wednesday nights at 10 o'clock. Whilst not always hilariously funny, Micallef's brand of humour is often subtle and understated, respecting the intelligence of the audience. Comedy can often be a hit and miss affair, but thanks to tight writing and direction, most of the satirical arrows hit their targets. It's hard not to sound snobbish saying this, and I don't mean to, but I think SBS viewers are more likely to appreciate his humour more than viewers of commercial television, hence the failure of his short-lived 2003 foray into commercial television, Micallef Tonight. If the first episode was anything to go by, it looks like it has the potential to be a must see program, particularly during the federal election campaign. His comedy quiver still has plenty of arrows left in it.