Thursday, March 10, 2005

Breaking Into America No Joke To British Comedy Troupe

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Comedy is a big deal in England but trying to break into the U.S. is no laughing matter for the members of the British comedy troupe, The Hollow Men.

The group’s sketch comedy series debuts tonight (Mar. 9) on Comedy Central and Hollow Men member David Armand says he now understands how the Beatles must have felt the first time they visited America.

As he puts it, “I’ve wondered why we’re exporting comedy to a place that exports so much comedy to England.”

But Armand is up for the challenge, especially because he says Americans have a cockeyed view of British comedy based on the shows that make it across the pond because, “they’re either the best two percent like Fawlty Towers or the worst two percent like Keeping Up Appearances or Are You Being Served?”

Armand has no idea how Americans will perceive the Hollow Men because it’s “something completely different” from other comedy shows. In his words, “There’s no humor and no laughter. Just darkness and pain.”

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