Citizen Khan- WTF?
I like it, but found it a bit cringing at first.
Loved the Call to Prayer last week…
“This call to prayer was sponsored by Sparkhill Mobile Telecomunications Ltd, for all your mobile telephone needs”.
And him chastising the neighbour over his squeeky gate…Posted 5 years ago
“Ah, bloody Wickes’s see, not like mine…B&Q see…”
I like it too.
As said above, it’s a bit of and old school ‘Silly old dad’ comedy, but I like it.
Thought last nights was the weakest of the lot though, with some real old groaners.
What with this and Miranda, which I also like, it’s as though Ben Elton never happened.
We need the edgy stuff too, but gentle can be fun.
Amazed that the show has received so many complaints – seems harmless enough to me.Posted 5 years agoloddrikMember
It seems most ‘comedy’ programmes aimed at particular ethnic groups are a bit ropey. There have been a number of ‘black’ comedy programmes over the years, most have had a lower humour content than My Family, the ‘funny’ bits seemingly just consisting of saying something pretty unfunny but saying it loud in a Jamaican accent, at which point the canned laughter gets cranked up.
Non white viewers are smarter than this and deserve better than this sort of dross.
Swiss Tony was a traditional sitcom but done with a bit of style and shows that all comedy doesn’t have to be in the vein of The Office or The Thick Of It.Posted 5 years agocurvatureMember
It makes me laugh and I wonder who is complaining….it won’t be the Indian or Pakistani community.
For the comment about Alf Garnett. Warren Mitchell is Jewish and has often commented how the humour was about Mr Garnett and his attitudes to a changing society. Jonny Speight (the writer) one numerous awards for his productions which often tackled racism.Posted 5 years ago
loddrik you are confusing the British ability to laugh at oneself, never to take yourself too seriously with racism. Both are distinct. Those of lesser intelligent jump on poorly written comedy as one and the same but superior-written comedy is distinct and sublime. Rising Damp was amazing for this for its time.
Please stop looking at the surface and delve in. If you want to be British you must embrace our quirk of humour. Certain American writers have done this and created hit comedies.
Its not all jokes at the expense of Germans in WWII either is it.Posted 5 years agomuppetWranglerMember
I’ve seen a couple of episodes of the sitcom and was a big fan of the Mr Khan sketches that preceded it. Some of the characters are ok Mr Khan, Mrs Khan, the youngest daughter even dave at the mosque. But the writing just isn’t that great. Maybe it’s been dilluted to appeal to a wider audience making all the jokes a bit telegraphed or maybe the writing just stinks. Can’t say it’s funny enough for me to watch enough episodes to find out.Posted 5 years agojulianwilsonMember
I thought it was a very funny sketch, but seems to be lacking in enough good jokes for a whole series IMHO.
slight tangent, I recently read “Them” by Jon Ronson: it pre-dates 9-11 and has a chapter where he hangs out with the then self-styled “Bin Laden’s right hand man in UK” -this also concerns a self-proclaimed community leader who is not always tolerated by his peers, but is both funnier and true.Posted 5 years agorogerthecatMember
I must be well outside the demographic – struggle to watch Citizen Khan, Mrs Brow’s Boys, Miranda and Count Arthur Strong was desperate on the radio, it’s even less funny on TV.
Get John Finnimore writing for TV – Cabin Pressure and Souvenir Programme are impeccable.Posted 4 years agotizzzzleMember
Mr Khan was originally a character on ‘Down the Line’, a hilarious and very clever Radio 4 spoof radio phone in show. He was one of the best characters, along with Tony Beckton, east end gangster, and Early D, Brixton rude bwoy.
Listen to it if you can find it, especially if you have ever listened to real phone in shows. Great satire. 😀
Citizen Khan doesn’t really live up to the radio show but it’s not all that bad, most of the complainers seem to be white Englishmen trying to be indignant on behalf of the poor Pakistanis. Not necessary.Posted 4 years ago
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