Mocking Gillard’s partner doesn’t leave her untouched. Not the way they did it. I switched it on in trepidation, wondering what antidiluvian gender-policing tropes they would serve up. I wasn’t undisappointed. Besides Amanda Bishop’s HILARIOUS take on Gillards voice (She’s got such a FUNNY VOICE HURH HURH HURH – That stuff never palls!), the focus is all on her partner, Tim Mathieson (Phil Lloyd). And it’s all hanging on the side-splitting scenario of Man Living with a woman who’s More Successful than Him ZOMG!! WEARZ TEH PANTZORZ!!111!!
Predictably the LP thread is full of folks talking about women/lefties/feminists needing to get a sense of humour because it’s all just a bit of lighthearted fun.
I just left this comment at LP in response to a betcha-didn’t-complain-when-it-was-Howard-copping-it taunt:
I somehow missed any sitcom fully devoted to PM Howard’s life at home.
Of course every PM (and most opposition leaders) will be impersonated by comedians on stage and in radio/TV skits – always have been, always will be. But these short and pointed bits of business are rarely turned into sitcoms for the very reason that sitcoms need to sustain the characters’ “situation” and relationships while still churning out those punchlines. Skit characterisations can rely totally on caricatured visual quirks and catchphrases worked around the topic-of-the-day and know that they’ve got solid material in their hands for skits spaced out over months/years, because the personas only have to be sustained for 2-3 minutes at a time.
Historically Aussies have been very hit and miss with sitcoms, and this one looks like it mostly goes in the the miss column to me. The performances in AHWJ are much better than the material they’ve been given to work with, and I always find that painful to watch.
It’s hard enough to write a sitcom when you don’t have to worry about the potential for defamation issues and being overtaken by news developments between filming and airing. I have no idea why somebody thought that it was a great idea to shackle their sitcom with such stultifying constraints.