Comedy catharsis lacks bite
This article is from 2008.
Inspired by Donald Rumsfeld's infamous 'known unknowns' comments that were beyond parody, Wendy Wason takes the audience along the rocky path of her marriage break-up (from Steve Furst of Lenny Beige and Orange cinema advert fame) and the lessons it has taught her. It is undoubtedly a classic heart-warming story of seizing triumph from the jaws of adversity, but for every cathartic stride she takes, explaining what she now knows she didn't know she didn't know before the split, comedy value is forever forsaken as a result.
Repeating funny comments that friends or children have made do not, unfortunately, shrewd observational humour make, nor does resorting to more outrageous material. The prolific voiceover artiste is nevertheless an extremely warm, likeable host; but just as Rumsfeld and co failed to track down weapons of mass destruction, sharp jokes delivered at a steady pace also prove to be frustratingly elusive during this show. Although, to be fair, I now know I didn't know I didn't know that until it started.
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