Bob is still coping with the madness around him, next-door neighbour Julie is still taking penis polaroids – although now she is also a bistro owner, Vic is still doing something, antagonistically robotic son Eric is still a neurotic Norwegian and thesp pal Beef is still the campest Noel Coward clone this side of Camden..
Fans of the duo will love the sheer madness of it all, though the casual observer may well wonder what all the fuss is about. The blend of slapstick and surrealism is, shall we say, an acquired taste. If ever there was television marmite, then this is it.
Undeniably the show is much more successful when inserting its trademark animations and SFX into proceedings. Last night saw Eric literally fly up stairs. For some reason, human beings jet propelling themselves up a flight of stairs seems funny. Well it got a laugh in my living room.
Indeed it’s in the area of visual gags where this programme definitely works best. The script itself is not exactly the funniest ever written, but then again it doesn’t need to be. House of Fools is all about the visuals.
At times the humour does get a little stretched, as if the duo don’t quite know when to end a gag. Last night’s scene concerning mugs crashing out of a cupboard and smashing on the kitchen floor went on interminably. It’s a curious penchant. Some viewers will remember when frying pans smashed endlessly into faces.
Though it might not be the most subtle of shows, Vic and Bob and the rest of the cast do look like they are having a whale of time. We’re having a laugh so stuff you, seems to be the message.
House of Cards is defiantly eccentric. Different. Anarchic. Thus it fits rather nicely into a tradition of British daftness. At its best it’s an uproariously old-fashioned antidote to the fashion for that breed of smug, metropolitan humour, prevalent for the last decade.
It’s the kind of show performers can only get to do when their niche in the comedy cannon is cosily secure. It’s a tough task defining this show: Python meets The Young Ones? House of Fools defies description.