There's only one way to find out - FIIIGHT!Ear cataracts?The United Kingdom's answer to Mystery Science Theater 3000 and/or The Soup. The series ran from 2001 to 2012. Comedian Harry Hill went through television programmes that had been shown that week, often Soap Operas or one-shot documentaries, and lampoons them - for weak acting, bad writing, or general WTF-factor. It's a highly Affectionate Parody, though, with lots of silly facial expressions, cuddly Radio 4 innuendo and episode-long Running Gags. Once an Episode, two characters, concepts or something which Hill finds particularly notable would have a slapstick fight on stage.It was a silly program, but surprisingly intelligent, and genuinely funny. In many ways, it's what snarky web review shows would be if they had a budget and access to the real actors and sets from TV shows - Hill uses the latter to insert himself into scenes from this week's TV and sometimes even interact with the characters.
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The Abridged Series: The This Week's [Programme] In A Nutshell jokes. The most common is This Week's Apprentice In A Nutshell, which usually consists of a few seconds of a candidate explaining why they're great at a specific task, followed by Lord Sugar's finger of doom pointing them out of the boardroom. Another recurring example is This Week's River Cottage In A Nutshell, which involves Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall taking care of some farm animals, followed by a clip of him eating their meat.
Biting-the-Hand Humor: Generally at the expense of home channel ITV- although the first episode where the studio changed to be filmed at Television Centre liberally sprinkled mockery of a BBC show with comments about the licence fee.
Censored for Comedy: A wildlife presenter looking for king penguins was changed, with the addition of a few well-placed censor bleeps, into a wildlife presenter looking for "***king penguins!"
Continuity Lockout: A lot of the Running Gag sections require knowledge of previous episodes (the jelly and fight competitors). A few of them are even jokes based on apparently cancelled programmes (Chippy chiiiiips!).
Don't Explain the Joke: He occasionally does this as part of a deliberately Overly Long Gag, such as when he explained that he had amusingly been mishearing "axolotl" as "thanks a lot".
Don't Try This at Home: Never played straight. For example, in the 2012 series a washing machine falls off a scrapyard magnet and lands on his head, after which he says "Don't try this at home, kids!", does his Aside Glance and adds: "And the thought never occurred to you until I said it!"
Early Installment Weirdness: The show took several years to settle its format. For example, there was more emphasis on sketches, and the 'fights' could happen at any time and they showed one side winning, whereas in later series the 'fight' always happens at the end of part 1 and we don't see who wins due to the advert break. Given the nature of the show it might be more accurate to describe this as Early Installment Less-Weirdness.
Hong Kong Dub: Whenever Harry's actions are supposed to be synched to taped sounds (such as when he plays a musical instrument) he will always get it wrong towards the end as a joke. He also usually doesn't bother not moving his lips when acting as a ventriloquist.
Ho Yay: Invoked between Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and a swimmer.
An episode of Law & Order: UK had a photofit picture of a suspect dubbed "Harry Hill" due to its resemblance to Harry—then the incident was used as the basis for a sketch on TV Burp...
EastEnders also referenced the 'FIIIIIIGHT' catchphrase at one point.
Mythology Gag: A Fight between a fake coyote and a fake badger from a wildlife programme elicits a "Come on, Mr Badger- for the parade is in but half an hour!", a Call Back to his old Channel Four show.
Parrot Exposition: The famous "cataracts" and "ear cataracts" sketches. It was about Val from Emmerdale finding out she has cataracts and all of the characters who are there at the reveal repeat the word "cataracts?" over and over again. Later she's accused by a man for getting upset over a misunderstanding and she asks if her ears have cataracts as well. Both times Harry asks "[ear] cataracts?" and telephones somebody which starts a chain of characters or presenters repeating the word(s).
Precision F-Strike: Dropped on the 2004 series when God strikes Jeremy Bowen for doubting Noah's Ark, saying "Don't fuck with me, Bowen!". This was when the show was still in the Darker and Edgier late-night slot, compared to the latter Lighter and Softer Saturday night prime-time slot it's probably better known to be shown at.
Real Men Cook: Averted. A Running Gag is Harry being unimpressed or even offended by TV chefs' insistence on trying to evangelise cooking to the masses, and he often makes jokes based on him living entirely off microwaved ready meals.
Rhymes on a Dime: The "TV Burp Poetry Corner" segment, which picks out lines from soaps and dramas which (presumably inadvertently) rhyme.
Running Gag: Too many to list. Often lampshaded, such as when the jelly is accidentally ruined, Harry laments "I got thirty seconds a show out of that!"
Simpleton Voice: Harry does a distinctive 'breathy' one, speaking as though his nose is blocked, when imitating obviously stupid characters.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: There we have a Full English Breakfast Salad...
Harry: That is a crime against God!
Ventriloquism: A common gag is for him to interpret the voiceover on nature programmes as being the animals speaking. He also sometimes does this himself with prop dummies (particularly one of Alan Sugar) but, as part of the joke, does it in a deliberately bad "gottle of geer" fashion.
What the Hell, Hero?: Harry is quite adept at the Comedic Sociopathy. His treatment of The Knitted Character has raised quite a few eyebrows. Possibly inspired by Brian Conley's earlier "IT'S A PUPPET!!" sketches.