Charlie Pickering unveiled The Weekly last night, a mix of comedy, news, comment and conversation.
The first episode tackled such topics as Online Piracy, whether Tony Abbott is ‘manly,’ the Speaker of the House, Star Wars, and immunisation. Pickering handled the punchlines and wry opinion with confidence.
First guest was Sam Neill discussing his documentary Why ANZAC? Despite it airing the night before, this was the strongest part of the show. Pickering is at his best bouncing off guests and Neill was a charming guest, never in need of a punchline.
The show was technically also very smooth, recorded on Tuesday night and edited for Wednesday before it eventually records ‘As Live” on the day of broadcast.
There were hints of similar shows, here and there, but it’s early days and needs time to find its voice. I’d like to see the show play with more anger and greater sense of the silly. But the first effort was an encouraging start.
Online there were reactions by those who liked what they saw…
Those who didn’t….
Those who were undecided….
And even those missing Shaun Micallef….