Australian comedy Sketch Comedy
program named after (and hosted by) Shaun Micallef
The Framing Device
was of a Variety Show
hosted by an extremely smarmy host
named Shaun Micallef
. The show played on the banality of middle-of-the-road Variety Shows
, with Obligatory Game Show Segments featuring increasingly bizarre games and contestants, interviews Shaun would ruin with his inflated ego, and a constant stream of incomprehensible three-second variety acts.
In-between all of these segments were various sketches which employed a great deal of surreal, observational humour- often played completely straight
- that subverted, even deconstructed
various expectations and media genres. The amount of surreal humour greatly increased with each season, to the point where Series 3 bears little resemblance to reality.
The show was renamed The Micallef Programme
for its second series in response to a number of viewer complaints that they were spelling "program" incorrectly
("Certainly don't get that level of pedantry from viewers of commercial television."
) For the third series, they changed the name again to The Micallef Pogram
, which is arguably far more offensive.
It would end after its third season, but later received a Spiritual Successor
in Micallef Tonight
, a prime-time talk show that took aim at... well, prime-time talk shows in the mould of The Tonight Show
or The Late Show With David Letterman
This show contains examples of