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Articles - The Comedy Network Presents Man Stroke Woman

The Comedy Network Presents Man Stroke Woman
The Comedy Network Presents
Man Stroke Woman
Meredith MacNeill, Nick Burns, Ben Crompton
Daisy Haggard, Amanda Abbington, Nick Frost
Tuesdays, 10:30 P.M. starting October 9th
2007-08 Season

British sketch comedy show Man Stroke Woman begins October 9th at 10:30 P.M. on The Comedy Network. Not being a big fan of Brit comedy and sketch comedy, I was extremely surprised by how much I enjoy Man Stroke Woman. This is excellent, funny, sometimes very dark, dead on relationship comedy and, unlike many, many sketch comedy shows, very few of the skits here overstay their welcome.

Do not be put off by the first comedy skit in episode 1 of Man Stroke Woman, the others are much better and shorter. In fact, most sketches in Man Stroke Woman do not last more than a minute or so. There are a few sketches that continue two or three scenes later however but that usually allows the humour to stay fresh. For example, Where is Josh?, a skit about a married couple where the husband keeps misplacing their young baby though I was a little less impressed with the road game Kill, Shag, Married repeater where one guy picks three women and the other guy has to figure out what he would do to which though he does not quite understand this is only a game.

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A lot of the humour on The Comedy Network's Man Stroke Woman is relationship based. One skit has a guy telling his wife about having an affair though he is mistaking his mistress for his wife. The repeated How do I look in this? bit manages to be extremely original. Guys who have been dumped will really enjoy the sketch where the guy tells his ex he is now the king of Spain.

The weakest point and strongest point of Man Stroke Woman is skits also appear on other shows so if, like me, you simply can't stand the sniveling boyfriend bit, you end up wishing somebody would just shoot the guy. On the other hand, you get to see more moments of Where is Josh? so that's cool. There are also a couple of moments in this show that will really blow you away like the bit with the guy who is feeding his dog.

Man Stroke Woman, Tuesdays at 10:30 P.M. on The Comedy Network is very good sketch comedy TV and a lot of fun to watch.

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