The initial reactions are in to the premiere episode of Horne & Corden, the new sketch comedy show starring James Corden and Mat Horne.
While critics continue to skewer the series (I’ve yet to read a positive critical reception), the audience figures from last night show strong support.
While the comedy is indeed low-brow (fat jokes and nakedness abound), like many sketch shows I found it hit-and-miss. There were some very dull sketches and some genuinely hilarious ones as well. I at least spent the half-hour entertained.
I found the relay-race, Johnny and Lee Miller, Superman/Spiderman, cock-drawing lessons and Corden’s pending orgasm some of the top sketches. Corden’s Ricky Gervais impression might have been the highlight of the show.
Horne’s Tim Goodall didn’t impress me. Nor did Corden’s Xander. Nor did the intro, other than the Lily Allen gag.
And there were certainly other more forgettable sketches, such as the burger stand, the generals and mobile phones and the grocery store push-sequence (though I did find the unexpectedness a laugh-out-loud moment).
Is Horne & Corden my new favorite show? No. Will I keep watching? Yes.