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Famalam will have you laughing from the belly

Everything is fair game for the hilarious show which isn't interested in quelling 'selective' outrage
Thu, Dec 24, 2020

The British comedy sketch show Famalam might be the latest reminder that satire is only funny when you're not the butt of the joke.

Here I was almost choking from laughter, watching the third season on Showmax, blissfully unaware of the outcry (mostly in the UK) some of the skits have caused.

Maybe I was far too wrapped up in the excitement of seeing a black comedy sketch show from a broadcaster that has a history of producing quality comedy shows such as The Office, Extras, Keeping Up Appearances, Little Britain, Absolutely Fabulous and The Catherine Tate Show.

The show has been criticised by certain sections in the UK for peddling stereotypes about Jamaican people, including that Caribbean men are blessed with "healthy" sized penises – not to mention sexual appetites. Those who criticised it said it reinforced harmful stereotypes, while producers said viewers were being selective in their outrage.

But if the sketch show format is cyclical, as these aforementioned shows suggest, then Famalam is one of the It shows out of the UK right now.

We go from "crime lords" facing off in a warehouse filled with expensive and in-demand organic avocados ("Listen to me, puta. I have a business to run and I'm gonna need something to put on my sourdough toast. Therefore, I'm going to have to take the avocados"); to Jason bringing along his boyfriend, Patrick to meet his Nigerian aunties and being kicked out – not for coming out as gay, but for declaring that he has turned to veganism ("You bastards! Out of my house! The devil has taken his soul and turned him into a vegan. What am I supposed to do with all of that assorted meat?").

There's a cooking show scene, where Sue and Oluwafemi try to prepare "white people chicken". The first thing to do, says Sue, is to "take out herbs and spices and pop them in the cupboard", because as Oluwafemi says, "we won't be needing those".

There's Idris Elba (not the real one) who walks into a coffee shop and insists he is hired as a barista – the same man who walks into a cancer research centre and promises he knows how to find a cure. He even breaks into a rap over a trap beat to put doubters in their place.

I'm sorry, but I had a good laugh!