Explanation Fail


  1. #1 Nick
    December 16, 2008

    It’s like a Monty Python sketch…

  2. #2 MattR
    December 17, 2008

    Politicians are the same everywhere it seems…

    Is it just me or did failblog.org miss that this was satire by John Clarke along with his long-time collaborator Bryan Dawe (linked from previous). These guys are well known in Australia. This is from the 7:56 Report, I believe.

  3. #3 Lee Harrison
    December 17, 2008

    Yeah, this is actually satire – these guys are famous in Australia and regularly do these piss takes of politico-speak. Makes for some brilliant informed telly.

  4. #4 Mike
    December 17, 2008

    Poe’s law applies to politicians as well as fundies.

    Clark and Dawe present their 7.56 report at the end of the Thursday night episode of the 7.30 Report, the flagship current affairs program on our national broadcaster. I’ve seen politicians look almost as silly when grilled by Kerry O’Brien in the real interviews on the show.

  5. #5 Joel
    December 17, 2008

    Now that is unmistakably satire, quite good too.

    Failblog = Fail.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    December 17, 2008

    Actually, what I like about this particular piece is how it starts out quite believable (if you did not already know the actors) and then gets increasingly unbelievable and ultimately surreal (at the moment when the guy is talking about “beyond the environment”.) I sense a little strain in trying to not automatically be doing a Monet Python routine.

  7. #7 Theo Bromine
    December 17, 2008

    I sense a little strain in trying to not automatically be doing a Monet Python routine.

    That’s nothing compared to the strain I had swallowing my mouthful of tea while giggling about the image evoked by the phrase “Monet Python”

  8. #8 zayzayem
    December 18, 2008

    Clark and Dawe’s sketches are great.

    I think they recently released some anthologies of 7:56 .

    Very simple idea. No props. No scenery. And no funny voices. They just say who their characters are and get stuck in.

  9. #9 Dread Polack
    December 18, 2008

    This was particularly brilliant due to their ability to keep a straight face while delivering these lines. Also, it felt improvised, which added to the “believability” of it. I’ll have to look these guys up.