The Russell Howard Hour is a satirical comedy show on Sky 1. It follows stand up comic Russell Howard tackling hard-hitting topics with his unique sense of humour. Its format is similar to Russell Howard's Good News that aired on BBC.
The reasons it got canned scream out from every pore
A couple enter a game show that involves rather the relative looks of various people. Round one sees the couple selecting the better looking of pairs of celebrities winning money if their selection agrees with the majority of the audience then they win cash. The next round sees them ranking their own looks against pictures of normal people. The round afterwards see each person having to judge their partner against various mystery guests (who sit between them on the sofa during the round).
Aiming for the post pub audience, this puerile relationship game show is hardly rocket science as it is based on entirely superficial assessments of people. The theory is sound but really what is all about is embarrassment and awkwardness. It shows this by spending only one very quick round on comparisons between famous people just to introduce the concept. We then launch into the round where the individuals rate themselves against strangers and the niggling bits of personal attacks begin. Here we start to see the egos a bit knocked about where people say the pictures are ugly, only to be voted second by the audience! Of course this is nothing compared to the next round where various first loves, ex's and flings are wheeled out for one half to compare against their current partner. Here we see feelings really hurt and few contestants are able to hide it although almost all of them try and laugh it off.
If you are looking of people humiliated and spat out the other end just for the sake of being on telly and earning little more than £1000 which, lets be honest is not a huge amount of money in these days, nice, but not huge. It is painful to watch and outside of this aspect it doesn't offer much in the way of entertainment value. Carr and Sarpong are served with weak material and generally they just go for the obvious crude jokes whenever they get the chance and the canned laughter being used (despite the live audience) is testimony to how weak it all is.
A very basic game show then that offers nothing more than the chance to see two young people embarrassed, awkward and hurt. Outside of this it is not funny, clever or interesting. All reasons why it was canned after so little time.
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