S+M – tape 591

I’ve had to take out the batteries from the Slatterywatch klaxon for this one.

After the huge popularity of Whose Line is it Anyway, some of the regular performers got their own shows. We’ve seen Josie Lawrence and John Sessions in previous tapes, so here’s Tony Slattery and Mike McShane in a show which is (like Sessons’ show) completely improvised. Here’s Tony Slattery failing to convincingly improvise looking through a microscope (because he’s presumably watching McShane on a monitor to see what he’s doing).

Tony Slattery in S+M

I think I got improvisation saturation during this period. I think it’s fine in a live gig, where the stakes are a tiny bit higher, but in a recorded show like this it becomes wearing. And the nature of the show precludes much in the way of props or staging – the microscope pictured above was the most complex prop in the whole show.

That’s not to say it’s not funny, just that I personally prefer my comedy to have had just a little more thought put into it.

All seven episodes of the series are on this tape.

The last is followed by the start of My Childhood, a film by Bill Douglas, who died the previous year.

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