Are Mockumentaries Killing British Comedy?

First, what is a mockumentary?

… (it is) a lazy shorthand for a comedy in the style of a documentary

And what is the big deal?

Recently, a Vice article complained that a “particular strain of mockumentary” has become so ubiquitous that it has infected many British non-mockumentary sitcoms with “the stifled mannerisms and awkward shuffling of the form”. It said: “The mockumentary needs to die for British comedy to survive.”

But is it all bad? Here is Tom Kingsley’s pitch that mockumentaries have a place in media

More than ever, our everyday lives are mediated through media, which suggests that mockumentary is the most appropriate comedic style to explore how we live now.

Hmmm … as a blogger, I have to admit that he may be onto something there. Check out the rest of his article if you want to go deeper into this media form.




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