Saturday, August 19, 2006

Surprises every day

I saw this gem linked off of Liam Crackeneany's blog. The Brits are crafting send-up marvelously these days -- just as America developed industry at the turn of the 19th century, our cousins across the sea are at the vanguard of comedy technology.

Comedians Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade cooked up this delight, "Garth Marenghi's DarkPlace." The conceit is a fictional Barker/Koontz-esque windbag horror author who had produced his own "Dark Shadows"-meets-"St. Elsewhere" mystery-type show back in the 1980s. The acting is gloriously wooden, and the direction and production values are soapier than belief permits.