Slaterwood is a sketch show written by and starring comedian and character actor, Peter Slater. It is part of Channel 4's Comedy Lab TV slot. Like all comedy lab series there are good and bad shows. Some make it to series; others don't. Fortunately, Slaterwood hasn't or at least not yet anyway.
Slaterwood is sort of similar to another comedy lab episode: "The Kevin Bishop Show". Both are star vehicles, both are quick-fire shows and both take swipes at television/popular culture. The Kevin Bishop Show has come under-fire recently with criticisms ranging from unfunny, poorly impersonated to distasteful. The difference between Slaterwood and The Kevin Bishop Show is that although The Kevin Bishop Show was hit and miss I still found myself getting a few laughs from it, although the repetition wears a once funny sketch as thin as tracing paper which has been ran over with a steam roller.
I'm not sure where it went wrong with Slaterwood. Peter Slater to his credit is a reasonable actor and is charismatic. The production values are good and it's clear a fair amount of money has been spent on it. Maybe the writing is to blame. Still, like a lot of Comedy Lab episodes it's basically a should have been, a could have been and is simply wasted potential. At best I would say Slaterwood is mediocre but I think (and I'm sure some viewers will agree) it's unfunny dross.
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