Jane Bowron: Jono and Ben Thursdays - a lot of nothing
REVIEW: MediaWorks has decided to break up Friday night's giggle grail by separating the men of 7 Days from the Jono and Ben boys who now do their show "live-ish".
Following in the razzmatazz footsteps of The Project's jazzy promotional ads, the show started with yet another dance sequence.
The whippet-thin lads, who looked like two old toothbrushes in a chipped mug, rolled out their classic segments, including one called Top Five Things You Missed When Jono and Ben Were Away. But hold on, didn't Paul Henry have all that top five palaver on his show? And isn't it also being rolled out on the new AM Show?
One of the top five pieces, a soundbite with an over-excited, inarticulate international pool player was given another airing.
The show continues to be rescued by the talent of Laura Daniel, who knocked it out of the park with her La La Land rip-off and hit number, "Please tell me that's not your penis", with thanks to Shorty Street.
Ben put one over Jono, who did a very bad impression of being pranked by a top Hollywood Johnny Depp impressionist. Ben watched from behind the scenes, ordering the covert action while having trouble arranging his forced laughter.
The new segment of Holden Out for a Grand, where Ange – a funeral-faced roaming reporter – door-knocked a house to see if she could give away a thou to flatties watching the show fell, well, flat.
The show carried too many pre-recorded sequences and old segments to make it feel live-ish.
Frankly it all seemed a tad too Dunedin Toga Party, particularly the Guy Williams Show interview with Josh Thomson from The Project with its nod to inarticulate Kiwi male speak.
Singer Katy Perry said it all when a trouser-less Williams stalked her at the Grammy's and was asked how it felt.
"It feels like nothing," she tossed back at him from over her shoulder.
Just like the new Jono and Ben show.
Frankly, the jokes were better on Police Ten 7.