OK, this is a little bit late, but have finally caught up with Weekly Wipe.
For those of you who don’t know, Weekly Wipe is a weekly look at the events of the past err… week.
It is hosted by Charlie Brooker, an acerbic, foul-mouthed misanthrope who tackles everything from celebrity culture to the events currently unfolding in Mali.
For the most part it is him sitting in a series of rooms watching TV and moaning about it. Mixing low-brow humour with genuine insight, he dissects events and the media reaction to them.
It is laugh out loud funny, utterly brilliant.
This is actually the latest in a long line of “Wipe” series, starting with Screenwipe, which focused purely on TV shows. Then he dissecting the news in “Newswipe”, before doing a one-off special on computer games, “Gameswipe.”
He also does end of year reviews (the latest one reviewed here).
What is great about this is that it is a blend of all the Wipe series and more importantly, it doesn’t mess with the formula.
The only exception is the introduction of a short segment at the end where he talks to two random celebrities about something or other. That bit doesn’t really work because it is hard to bring in people who have the same tone of the show. But it is only for 4-5 minutes.
There are also weekly contributions from misanthropic comedian Doug Stanhope, who has become something of a Wipe regular over the past few years. His focus seems to be mostly on life in America in this series. He is absolutely one of my favourite comedians.
In short, this is a great addition to the Wipe series and I will certainly be tuning in on Thursday to watch the next episode.
Until next time, go away.