Andy McDandy wrote:
As for the Now Show, what gets me about it is Punt and Dennis's delivery. OK, more to the point, Punt's. [...] his delivery is terrible. It's like this:
Read out news story.
Read the crucial line with added emphasis.
Repeat that line with the added emphasis.
Wait for the audience to laugh.
Say "You see, the funny thing is..." and proceed to explain to the entire audience who have already worked out why the item was funny and worthy of inclusion in a comedy show, exactly why it was funny and worthy of inclusion in a comedy show.
Interesting that you should dislike his delivery, as it is very much like the one member of Whitehouse Experience that you feel was worse than him - Baddiel.
David Baddiel also had a very strained, obvious way of telling a joke, and he to was very irritating.
I'm on the e-mail list for Canal Cafe Theatre, which does News Week. It seems to me like a much less pressured way of doing things.
I've not submitted anyhing yet, but to me that's the whole point. Rather than be stuck in a room with people you are straight away in competition for cash with, you can do stuf by yourself at your own pace.
It seems to me, that the best way to handle this type of submission process, is rather than try desperately to come up with something that fits any of the requests they have sent out (which might therefor not be very good), only send a joke about that topic in if you have one already done, which you had the time to think about and do properly, and so will hopefully be pretty good.
They sometimes ask for songs too, and for those I think the same applies.