There are three radio shows that I regard very highly. Two of them from the US and one from the BBC. Here the three not in any particular order.
The three shows
- My word from BBC. I am not sure if this show is still in broad cast. I used to listen to this about 10 years ago. Eclectic, tasteful, very intelligent.
- Prairee home companion from NPR on saturdays and gets rebroadcasted on sundays as well. This is one of a kind show. Very intelligent again and at the same time profoundly funny. The opposite of slap-stick. A show for the mind.
- The car talk from NPR. Beautifully done. Quirky and quitessentially portrays America at its best. A sense of joy. A sense of confidence. A sense of day to day life all across the United States of America. Just to make sure the reader is not side tracked this show is a call in show where people enquire about cars and car problems.
Satya - Thursday, January 27, 2005 9:26:40 AM
The assstounding stupidity of some of the more popular comedy shows
Occasionally jolted by the numbness of NPR (It happens more often than I would like to hear, in an otherwise a reasonable attempt at a public radio) I use the scan button on the Radio dial to hear a substantial drivel that passes on as comedy and entertainment.
Samething happens when I read the reviews of films that tout their comedyness in superlatives (this is certainly one area where George Orwells improved sppech patterns would have been helpful) and then proceed to watch the film only to realize how uncomical and sorrowful these films are. Infact one would quickly realize that the comedyness of a film is inversely proportional to the superlatives used to describe such comedyness.
Same thing with a lot of shows on the late night television that is 1% comedy and 99% vitriol (perhaps wrapped as circasm). I am not sure why dumbness, stupidity, awkwardness, weirdness, exposed body parts (although very desirable specimens when done in private) pass as comedy.
Well one thing is certain. You would be really hard pressed to find such assstounding stupidity either in "Prairee Home Companion", or "Car Talk".