M.U.F.F is the unapologetically outrageous indie sitcom created by comedians Daniel Sloss and Tom Stade along with Charlie Parker and Joe McTernan. It follows Sloss’ character Lawrence, a new intern at the television company M.U.F.F Productions, as he inadvertently creates a zombie apocalypse by helping to produce re-hashed, mind numbing TV programmes.
The six part internet series essentially sticks two fingers up at what television has become. Each episode rips apart a type of show by satirically copying formats that are plastered all over our modern screens, taking the ideas to hilarious extremes.
Issues of race, mental health, sexuality, feminism and political correctness are all discussed throughout the series, with Lawrence representing the voice of liberal reason against the rest of his moronic team. Despite these subjects being touched, don’t expect any moral lessons as they just form the basis for jokes.
It’s a fast paced show, with a hit and run attitude to some of the jokes, leaving aspects of the show unexplained, but that’s the beauty of it. Jokes run the show, everything else comes later. And anything that has the potential to be joked about is, even the warning at the start of each episode is hilarious.
The whole series is stuffed full of great gags, some quite obvious such as the continuity joke in episode one, others more original, but all very funny. Many of the jokes acknowledge the fact that the show was made on a tiny budget, referring to the lack of props and special effects. Also joked about is the TV making process, for example the first episode has Tom Stade’s character saying “this is only the first episode so it doesn’t have to that great, we’ve just got to show monkey public who the characters are.” The constant and blatant breaking of the fourth wall demonstrates that Stade and Sloss are fully aware how ridiculous the show is.
The acting throughout, as expected with a group of comedians, won’t win an Oscar, but it is nonetheless hilarious. When comedians attempt acting they rarely give a real performance, but what they can do is more important in a sitcom, and that’s delivering a joke. J.P, the boss of MUFF, is played by Tom Stade and is the stand out performance. The character is an exaggeration of the comics own personality, creating a gun wielding, drugged up boss who dishes out enough expletives to make a nun crumble.
There are cameos by recognisable comedians such Stephen K Amos, who plays future Lawrence taking on a narrator role, Eric Lampaert, appearing in episode two as the cross-dressing robber and Jarred Christmas, starring in a seductive mock lemonade advert.
The best thing about MUFF, besides being able to make stupid jokes with the title, is that the creators didn’t have anyone above them curbing creativity to commercialise the end product. The very subject matter of the show is why it would never be taken up by a production company.
They could do what they wanted and they certainly didn’t hold back, throwing wild punches at modern television. So many sitcoms are dumbed-down in concept, characters and jokes for the benefit of the mass audience and the fear of offending them. It’s good to watch a sitcom where the creators did it because they wanted to.
Here’s episode one, the rest can be found on MUFF’s YouTube channel along with extra content.
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