Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Ugly Factor

Here it is folks. The secret of sit - com writing. It came to my son and me while waiting for a Pizza. wait for it.......

Unless the male is supposed to be a ladies man never have your leads too good looking.

There it is. Think about it. Friends [including Joey] King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Not Going Out, Men Behaving Badly, The Office, Only Fools And Horses, The Green Green Grass, Terry and June, Spaced, The Big Bang Theory, My Name Is Earl, and on and on and on.

This came to my attention when I happened to see and episode of 'Freddie' starring Freddie Prinze Junior [ cancelled] The guy is good looking. But not a womaniser. Result? Ratings death.
On the other hand of course the female leads should generally be as attractive as possible in a ''girl next door scrubbed up nicely'' kinda way.

Lines that might get a belly laugh from a geeky Ross or a gawkey Rodney just don't get the same reaction from young chisel face Freddie. Women might want to be with him but men want to punch his lights out. There's half your demographics gone right there.

Seems to me that if casting is important for drama it is vital for comedy.

Moral of the story - cast ugly for better line appreciation. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying any of the above males fell out the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. But they ain't the Elle McPherson of Friends [or any one of those dork's girlfiends with the possible exception of Janice] or the Pamela Anderson of Stacked.

I'm not a comedy writer so take the above with a pinch of salt. But to me comedy is usually about the underdog. Save the pretty boys for the Byronic heroes.


potdoll said...

Come off it - Terry from Terry and June was WELL fit.

English Dave said...

Eye of the beholder eh potty? lol

I had a bit of a thing for June Whitfield!

Lucy said...

Seems to me you make a good point ED... And it's not unlike porn, where the fellas might have large members but their faces are --yikes.

This is why women don't watch porn. I mean, willies aren't known for their beauty or riveting conversation, right???

English Dave said...

I couldn't possibly comment Lucy. The only willie I'm interested in is my own! lol

The only exception I've been able to come up with so far about the non-womanising pretty boy in a sit-com is the guy who played Greg in Dharma and Greg.

Lucy said...

You're INTERESTED in your own genitalia?? Is this in case it gets in a huff and walks out? Cos that WOULD be inconvenient...

Never watched Dharma and Greg, looked boring. Probably because the lead was too pretty, hah