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The Kids Are Alright

August 22, 2008

I’ve not seen an episode of Enders for ages, but I’m willing to bet it’s still got its fair share of god-awful child stars. From the one-dimensional, shouty Lucy to the monosyllabic Ben to Abbie’s hideous over acting, it’s fair to say that the Enders scouts are shite at finding good child actors. Even the constantly watery-eyed Demi (if that’s her name – one of Bianca’s lot) is good at facial expressions, but very wooden when speaking (it’s not that difficult to talk and emote at the same time, love. Most of the human race manage it on a daily basis).

In fact, most child actors are shite. I had such high hopes for Little Tom off Hollyoaks™ as an actor. When he was younger, he delivered his lines effortlessly; now he chants them. Shame. Don’t get me started on the kids in our adverts. If I see that little fucker on the Rice Crispies ads look at the camera while ‘counting’ ricey crisps again, I might have to pull my fingernails out with my teeth.

Which is why it was so refreshing to see some truly outstanding performances from some young talent in last night’s Comedy Lab: Kids School of Comedy (Thursday, Ch 4, 10.45). Yes, yes, Comedy Lab was responsible for the likes of Peter Kay, Russell Brand, Dom Joly and Jimmy Carr, but we’ll forgive them this time because last night’s show was cracking.

OK, so the scripts were written by adults, and the sketches weren’t exactly new (a cross-dressing polish handyman, a mo-fo policeman and an enraged art teacher), but it was the kids’ performances that gave the show its charm. I sat watching, at first a tad cynical. “Oh god, this is going to be awful,” I thought. “Loads of stage school kids trying to be funny…” But the kids were really good. Not annoyingly stage school, but they did have that professional sheen to their delivery. Every facial expression, every pause – flawless. Especially that kid who was in Son of Rambow. He was great.

So come on British drama! If comedy can find natural, effortless talent, then so can you. It’s not that difficult – or are you too busy choosing between Daddy and Chips?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 23, 2008 10:54 am

    I saw their stage show in Edinburgh this week; very good.

  2. September 30, 2008 9:26 pm

    So glad it wasn’t just me!

    http://www.noisetosignal.org/2008/08/comedy-lab-school-of-comedy

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