Copy-pasted cult sketches, a hot but successful recipe for TF1

This is the story of the Unknowns who come to TF1 when nobody knows them. The three comedians are treated as anonymous. When they repeat their skits to refresh their co-stars’ memories, they realize that their parodies have been passed down for generations…but with different performers! It sums up the concept, which seems like a bad joke to them All Unknown this Monday at 9.10pm on TF1.

Nineteen Cult Sketches (Rotate households, sect, Isabelle with blue eyes…) is repeated there by some sixty personalities, from Adil Rami to Pierre Palmade, Beranger Crieff to Chantal Ladesu, and M. Pokor to Soprano. “It’s a lot of pressure for artists,” says Anne Marcassus, a majority producer at Enfoirés troupe, of which she is artistic director.

A “too scary” project for some

“Some of the people I spoke to on the phone told me they were so scared, they were sponsored by Pampers,” laughs Pascal Légitimus. Others, like Michèle Laroque or Thierry Lhermitte, said yes, but could not free themselves due to agenda issues. “There are some who give up and say they can’t handle it by themselves, it’s too much of a headache,” the producer admits.

The TV Everest in question? Take the place of Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan and Pascal Légitimus and play by copying and pasting the sketches that millions of people still remember. “Everything is the same in terms of the sets, the costumes, the production speed,” Ann Markassus insists. It will certainly be said that it is better with the original performers, but there is still flavor. It’s funny to see Francois Berleand as a drunk guy in The Hunters. »

“No one wanted to disguise, redeem or betray the sketches,” insists the producer. This is the limit All Unknown, the “sketch fiction” that the channel announced as a “unitary film” would be more accurate. Seeing most personalities in negative light has comedic potential. We will, for example, be amused to see Christoph Willem stirring the wick of the sixteenth district. Auteuil, Neuilly, Passy. But still, the 2022 clip version tastes like it’s been reheated in the microwave.

“In all humility, it’s like continuing Moliere”

Written thirty years ago to parody the small screen, these sketches were never planned to be updated. Strangers TV, a program that ran for seven episodes between 1990 and 1993 on Channel Two. Only those who have experienced the best remain. Unsurprisingly, Invaders Where Bioman, films built around xenophobic clichés and referencing series that don’t speak to the youngest generations have been left in the closet. Begging here and there for the news of 2022 is also certain – and even then, about the personal lives of athletes, it would be enough to close the chain “But it does not appear.”

For Pascal Légitimus, this strict fidelity to the original material is “like actors reproducing Moliere with all modesty. It is played in this way, it is repeated…” So he answers Tartuffe and text All rap, the same fight, the same aura, “with all humility”, your classical repertoire? Admittedly, the pastiches of the Unknowns are part of the French comic heritage: they have known a new life for years on video and especially on YouTube, where their channel has half a million subscribers. most popular video, Télémagouilles, surpasses 14 million views. “There are many children who perceive our sketches in the same way, in their own way”, believes Pascal Légitimus sensitively to all these “tributes”.

“We saw excerpts, it’s scary”

Didier Bourdon understands that practice is destabilizing. “We saw the excerpts All Unknown, which worries us. The sketch of the hunters is the same pictures as when it started. This is scary! It’s quite nice and at the same time we’re left out, ”he continues to joke about receiving a concession in the Montmartre cemetery (Paris 18). One way to put it All Unknown The following eulogies appear to be the final tributes paid to him after his death.

Rest assured, this is just one of TF1’s new fads, with Remy Faure, director of streaming, expressing a “desire to inject more humor” into his network. All Unknown corresponds to the successful programmed adaptations of the cult repertoire of French laughter, in which many personalities are invited to play comedy.

Good vein

In December 2020, 6.4 million people (27% audience share) were there I love you hairstyle Around Muriel Robin’s sketches. in April, They love each other…almosttaken from theater performances They love each other, 4.2 million viewers watched with a 22% audience share. A special fic in his honor in a few monthsBoy girl will use this recipe again. Chouchou and Loulou will once again be portrayed by actors other than Alexandra Lamy and Jean Dujardin.

The first chain seems to have found a good vein to exploit. Repetition of crowd favorite jokes and lines tickles his nostalgic cord and comforts him like a security blanket. He has allowed TF1 to top the auditions so far. Creativity should be satisfied with a yellow smile.

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