Viewing Blog 1: “People Just Do Nothing”

Starting off as just a heavily improvised comedy Youtube web series by a group of friends who made fun of their own youthful interests(Steve Stamp, 2014), People Just Do Nothing caught the interest of Ash Attala; a British Television Producer, most known for Producing the UK mockumentary ‘The Office’, who aired the show on BBCThree on 17th August 2012. Since Then the show has sprawled into one of the UK’s most popular Television Shows, gaining a slot on the flagship channel ‘BBC1’.

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People Just Do Nothing is a mockumentary style programme that follows the lives of aspiring DJ’s; MC Grindah, DJ Beats, DJ Steves and Chabuddy G, who between them run the pirate radio station “Kurupt FM” from a flat in Brentford, West London.

BBC Three may have been the chosen channel for this programme because it essentially prides itself on bringing “younger audiences to high-quality public service
broadcasting through a mixed-genre schedule of innovative UK content featuring new
UK talent” (BBC Three Service Licence, 2013). It’s clear to see that BBCThree is renowned for its comedy shows from the success of People Just Do Nothing and other shows such as “Fleabag”, “Cuckoo” and “Josh”.

The main source of the comedy of the show is the characters themselves, they are deliberately stupid and they thoroughly believe that their little pirate radio show on the outskirts of London has made them famous. Their characters present a social stereotype for lower-class people in the UK known as “Chavs”; But what is a ‘chav’? According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, a “chav” is “an insulting word for someone, usually a young person, whose way of dressing, speaking, and behaving is thought to show their lack of education and low social class”(meaning of “chav” in the English Dictionary, n.d.). The show makes fun of parts of the music industry too, for example in the Episode I watched for this blog (Season 3 Episode 1) the crew hire a real music studio and the person they hired it off offers them advice on how to use the equipment but they just insult him and push him out of the room like they already know how the equipment works, when it is quite clear to the audience that they have no idea how to use it. This type of Self

The show makes fun of parts of the music industry too, for example in the Episode I watched for this blog (Season 3 Episode 1) the crew hire a real music studio and the person they hired it off offers them advice on how to use the equipment but they just insult him and push him out of the room like they already know how the equipment works, when it is quite clear to the audience that they have no idea how to use it. This type of Self-deprecating humour appeals very well to BBC Three’s target audience of 16-34-year-olds, especially the younger half that may live in London or similar places as what takes place on the show could relate to aspects of their life.

What makes this show work so well is as I said before; the self-deprecating humour and relatable appeal to the younger audiences. People love watching other people be dull-witted/dense. “Every character is really, quite comfortingly, dense, and their inability to read scenarios correctly is the source of nearly all the comedy. Its mind-bending mundanity and pared-down plotlines are the perfect compliment; to create more involved narrative arcs might undermine what is so special about the show: namely, how studiously stupid it all is”(Rachel Aroesti, 2016). It is a very subjective matter on whether or not you find this self-deprecating and chav type humour funny, but reviews seem very positive with 8.6/10 on IMDB and 94% positive Google User reviews.

The success of the mockumentaries such as “The Office” and “People Just Do Nothing” will most likely persist. They are clearly regarded as high-quality television and are well recieved by almost all audiences. The style has entertained audiences and critics through various mediums for decades, and many have recognized its importance.

 

References

(Steve Stamp, 2014) People Just Do Nothing – from Youtube to BBC Comedy Feed to full series

(BBC Three Service Licence, 2013). [ebook] BBC, p.1. Available at:

(Meaning of “chav” in the English Dictionary, n.d.) In: Cambridge English Dictionary:

(Rachel Aroesti, 2016) Bare jokes: how People Just Do Nothing made sitcoms funny again

 

 

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