'Little SA' for your screens
"Computer says no" - that's now one of the most recognisable one-liners in recent TV history, coming from sketch comedy hit show Little Britain.
The character-based show, which is the brainchild of David Walliams and Matt Lucas and produced by the BBC, has, almost eight years later, encouraged Genna Lewis and comedian Meren Reddy to create a local show in the same vein, called Sketch U Later.
The idea, according to Clive Morris of Clive Morris Production, was to give SABC3 a 30-minute show that has "downright hysterical characters and situations that truly reflect our country".
Think Saturday Night Live or The Catherine Tate Show.
During a sneak preview at the Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank on Monday night, Morris said: "It's not quite a painting hanging on the wall of some gallery ... but it does push the boundaries quite a bit," referring to the controversy raised by Brett Murray's The Spear paintging.
Yesterday, the cast, which includes City Ses'la actor Meren Reddy, Jam Alley host and former Idols top 10 contestant Nolly Meje, were involved in a workshop at the production house's HQ in Randburg, Johannesburg.
Sketch U Later will debut on July 5 in the 6.30pm slot.
EXCHANGES FROM LITTLE BRITAIN
SOME of the best from the BBC show that Sketch U Later is based on:
- SOCIAL worker: "All I want to know, Vicky, is where is your baby?"
Vicky Pollard: "Oh, I swapped it for a Westlife CD."
Social worker: "Oh my God, how could you?"
Pollard: "I know. They're rubbish."
- Daffy Thomas: "No, you are not a gay. I am the gay. You're probably just a little bit poofy."
"She's got her own council flat and three kids and she's only nine." - Pollard.
- Maggie (tasting some jam): "Hmmmm! This is nice. Who made this?"
Judy: "Emma Shepherd. The one who's run off with the school mistress."
Maggie (puking): "Oh, Judy. No more lesbian jam. I can't keep it down!"