Author Topic: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?  (Read 9657 times)

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #120 on: June 15, 2021, 03:16:54 PM »
guessing it's the New Forest? I've never been but that's what I imagine.
Black Park in Bucks by the look of it.

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #121 on: June 15, 2021, 03:21:30 PM »
guessing it's the New Forest? I've never been but that's what I imagine.
Garth says it’s Epping Forest in the DVD commentary (to which Todd replies “Epping rubbish, more like”)

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #122 on: June 15, 2021, 03:49:59 PM »
Apart from animal whimsy and LOLrandom stuff, I've never really understood what people mean when they say humour is studenty. I've heard it levelled at everything from The Mighty Boosh to Withnail and I.

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #123 on: June 15, 2021, 04:14:23 PM »
When I think student-y the first thing I think of is The Young Ones and all that sort of stuff. I mean, even much of Peter Cook's stuff is very student-y. I get where old admin chops is coming from, but I find it hard to see why it's the big problem. It might be more on me for being about 10 in 2004 though, so I loved The Mighty Boosh and all that, and even as someone who likes that stuff in small doses can admit it's a bit too mimsy whimsy sometimes. A lot of stuff from that period like The IT Crowd is very wanky.

Garth Marenghi's is fab though, just for the Matt Berry experience at it's peak.

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #124 on: June 15, 2021, 04:31:14 PM »
Apart from animal whimsy and LOLrandom stuff, I've never really understood what people mean when they say humour is studenty. I've heard it levelled at everything from The Mighty Boosh to Withnail and I.

Yeah, your post is interesting, would make for a good new thread.

I'll give some thought to it, but my immediate reaction is there are at least two types of student comedy:

1) stuff students watch, like Withnail.

2) stuff that's tailored to students, like the Boosh.

And the latter would generally, I think, have a lot of lazy references that people would enjoy just out of recognition. Kind of low fruit, pandering shit.

I dunno.

(Peter Cook studenty? Whaaat?)

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #125 on: June 15, 2021, 04:40:11 PM »
In mild defence of the above chase scene clip, it does suffer a little as one of those things which doesn’t really work out of context, since it is deliberately overlong it does look quite crap. It’s also not really representative of the show as a whole at all. The murky indoor artificial sets and sound design are a huge part of what make it so good.

Even in that bike scene I can see past the whimsy and appreciate the 'sped up film' look, a couple of bad jump-edits, inconsistent film stock/lighting between cuts, the bit where they're weaving through the trees and one of them breaks from the choreographed pattern, and the sound of a car squealing on tarmac when he does a skid.

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #126 on: June 15, 2021, 05:11:54 PM »
“You and he were buddies weren’t you” need I say more

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #127 on: June 15, 2021, 09:10:22 PM »
I liked the Man To Man episode with the folk singer, it was good.

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« Reply #128 on: June 15, 2021, 09:42:13 PM »
One Problem with Man to Man is; Richard Ayoede didn't play Dean Learner like he did in Darkplace, he was much shiftier in DP.

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #129 on: June 15, 2021, 10:32:52 PM »
“You and he were buddies weren’t you” need I say more

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #130 on: June 15, 2021, 11:11:47 PM »
Garth says it’s Epping Forest in the DVD commentary (to which Todd replies “Epping rubbish, more like”)

Epping Forest is a bit shit. I mean it’s nice if you like trees, which I do, but it is somewhat cheapened by the inescapable sound of the surrounding A roads. There’s better woodland in London but not many of them have the space for a chopper chase scene, I guess.

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #131 on: June 16, 2021, 01:03:44 AM »
(Peter Cook studenty? Whaaat?)

it's clearly because of the reference to rigorous exams

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #132 on: June 16, 2021, 07:49:01 AM »
“Larry Renwick was admitted last week. The guy went axe-happy on a trout farm. He killed 60 fish.”

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #133 on: June 16, 2021, 09:18:26 AM »
Epping Forest is a bit shit. I mean it’s nice if you like trees, which I do, but it is somewhat cheapened by the inescapable sound of the surrounding A roads. There’s better woodland in London but not many of them have the space for a chopper chase scene, I guess.
In context, Todd is referring to the footage rather than the forest, I think.

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #134 on: June 16, 2021, 09:20:01 AM »
One Problem with Man to Man is; Richard Ayoede didn't play Dean Learner like he did in Darkplace, he was much shiftier in DP.

Haven't seen Man to Man for years but I remember him being pretty disturbingly shifty in it...

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #135 on: June 16, 2021, 09:45:21 AM »
Man to Man is better than I remember but the laugh track is particularly cloying, a sign of lost faith by the higher-ups

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #136 on: June 16, 2021, 11:52:18 AM »
In context, Todd is referring to the footage rather than the forest, I think.

Oh.

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #137 on: June 16, 2021, 11:54:49 AM »
“Larry Renwick was admitted last week. The guy went axe-happy on a trout farm. He killed 60 fish.”

Dean’s admission to punching a child actor “who was rude about Garth’s writing” similarly pops into my head at improper moments.

“More of a back of the hand than a punch, but it came up in a big red bruise. Blah blah blah, cry cry cry, I don’t see it as a big deal.”

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #138 on: June 16, 2021, 01:07:10 PM »
The absurdly mean commentary about the child actors is another highlight of the Darkplace DVD commentary track.

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« Reply #139 on: June 16, 2021, 02:25:48 PM »
That and the constant slagging off of Kim Noble and the other chap. "Who is that ghastly ugly-looking fellow?" etc

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Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #140 on: June 16, 2021, 02:32:08 PM »
It’s a shame in hindsight that they don’t aim any of that at Graham Linehan when he shows up

Re: is garth marenghi's darkplace completely laugh-free?
« Reply #141 on: June 16, 2021, 05:02:16 PM »
I imagine they knew how he'd react and thought better of it.

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