Crappy Families

Friday 30 March 2007

The Whingers have invented a new game and anyone with nothing better to do (i.e. nothing at all) can play along.

It’s called “Crappy Families”.

First take a piece of television so dire and unfunny that it gives the word “sitcom” a bad name; we picked BBC’s My Family but there are plenty of others to choose from.

(Don’t worry – you don’t have to sit through a single episode.)

A good tip is to choose something in which talented actors and actresses have pawned their artistic integrity in return for easy money; this makes the theatre side of it more endurable.

Then you chase around the West End chasing shows featuring the actors who play the cardboard characters in your chosen sitcom.

The West End whingers were beside ourselves with glee this week. Having recently seen Kris Marshall in Treats at the Garrick and Robert Lindsay in The Entertainer at the Old Vic, we notched up our My Family third in the form of Zoë Wanamaker in The Rose Tattoo at the National.

That means that – according to the show’s website – we only have three more to go to collect the set – Daniela Denby-Ashe, Gabriel Thomson and Siobhan Hayes.

Thing is, we’re bored now.

Very stale mate.

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