I got into work the other day and the guys said they got tickets for new sitcom called The IT Crowd. Rob had the cheap night out idea of checking out what tickets you get for free and applied for four. Luckily my lovely friend Nikki, works for Talkback Thames and was able to get me a couple. It’s written by Graham Linehan of Father Ted fame and produced by Ash Atalla (The Office), so off to a good start there. It’s about the IT support department stuck in the murky basement of modern office block. I’ve worked on a helpdesk before and found the set quite accurate to my previous surroundings. I also know that a majority of IT bods tend to be highly egotistical or, like chefs, completely mad. Either way, this could lead to some interesting character profiles.
When you go to these types of shows, it’s common for a stand-up comic to stretch-out the laughter glands of the audience. This case was no exception and the gags were provided by Patrick (don’t know his surname). He was very funny. He didn’t have a routine, but just played off crowd banter enquiring into peoples occupations, like Mark, who makes hair dye.
It looked to me like a tough task keeping us all entertained. In between scenes the director would ask Patrick fill in for two minutes. Patrick, on demand would pop-up and be funny. He did a very good job. One of the funniest moments was when he tried to explain what a goth is. Asking the audience if there was any present, a middle aged woman stood up. Patrick, along with the rest of us were perplexed. The woman then responded with “My name is Janet Goff”.
We watched some VT of previously recorded scenes whilst they recorded our laughter before the three main actors walked in as if they’d just come from previous scene. I was pleased to discover that Chris Morris played the crazy MD of the company. Then, when he spoke I realised I recognised the actor Richard Ayoade who I’ve seen in The Mighty Boosh and Nathan Barley.
The best surprise, to which myself and Vince were very excited about was the goth was played by Noel Fielding, surreal comic and half of the brains behind The Might Boosh. Just the presence of this man entertained us the highest degree. In between scenes, whilst the director was talking to some actors, Fielding – not even in any of these scenes – sauntered right through the middle like he was invisible.
The whole experience was enjoyable, the 2½ hours flew by. It’s good value for money too, being free and all.