Saturday, July 2, 2016

pre2016 British Top Gear #pezoutlaw #hollywood

Lately I've become a fan of the pre2016 British Top Gear, because those guys were seriously nuts. 
Ironic thing is I don't give 2 Hoots in hell about cars, I'm a tractor man.

I watch the show because of Jeremy, James May n Richard Hammond.
These 3 guys are a comedy trio the like of which I haven't seen in a long time. 
These 3 are a British modern version of the 3 stooges but with infinitely better dialog n really great camera work.

If pressed I'd say Jeremy, James May n Richard Hammond are a modern British mashup of the base humor/3 stooges n clever wit and anarchy of the Marx Brothers n Monty Python.
I don't laugh out loud at much on TV anymore but I definitely do when watching pre 2016 British Top Gear.

To be totally honest pre2016 reruns of British Top Gear is all I've been watching each night to relax lately.
I heard that the reason Jeremy, James May n Richard Hammond were replaced is because Jeremy hit a producer.

For Christ sake, Jeremy's go to tool for fixing a car is a small sledge hammer. 
Who didn't see that coming.
But that voice, for the last 12 years his voice has been the voice of the show.
N truth time, Once you've heard Jeremy introduce the Stig, especially how he says "THE STIG" in that booming voice.
Honestly, How do you not wish that's what you were hearing now.

Mitigating facts.
If your a viewer of pre2016 British Top Gear you know that the trio that built the show have done n been placed in some pretty dangerous situations.
James May actually drove a truck up to an active volcano to retrieve a piece of lava.
They have driven on roads where one slip up n they were goners.
They drove in some of the most hellish environments on earth. 
Seriously the REAL Top Gear guys drove around in 2011 Iraq.

I've done some pretty crazy shit in my life; Heroine, Alcoholic n all the crazy travel as Pez Outlaw smuggling.
That said there is not a chance in hell I'd do half the stuff the Real Top Gear guys did, but what a fun time it has been watching them do it n reacting to it.

A person on twitter just told me Richard Hammond almost died in a car crash a few years back.
You get anywhere near that n Matt Lablanc's people would pull him in a red hot second.
N Jeremy punched a producer, both hands palms up weighing the importance of the two.

My point is that the producers put them in some pretty hazardous situations.
To think that at some point Jeremy might not take a swing at one of them is kinda a forgone conclusion.
Shit happens when people get stressed.

Honestly I think the punch was just an excuse.
The trios unbending loyalty as petrol-heads was not a popular position in the British media.
Nor was there plain talk, they kinda spoke like real people about a lot of touchy PC subjects.
If you ask me that's why they got fired.

I love Matt Lablanc, he's great, but do you honestly believe he n the new guy would have driven around in 2011 Iraq.
Just watch some of the pre2016 travel episode in all the crazy far flung places then ask yourself.
Do I see Matt Lablanc n the new guy doing this?
I don't Bloody think so.
My guees is 2016 will be silly n safe, Not scary, crazy bordering on lunacy

Comedy is supposed to be irreverent n anarchistic.
I'm not saying Matt Lablanc n that other guys 2016 show is awful.
It's just not the Top Gear I like with Captain Slow, The Hamster n the Big Ape.
I don't care who hit who, FUNNY IS FUNNY! quit being so PC n fix it. 

Shit, hire a body man to stand between Jeremy n producers if you have to.
Though if you did hire a body man for Jeremy, make a thing about it on the show, it would be a great gag. 
Sell it to management as safety n tell Jeremy that he can use it whatever way he wishes for laughs.
I can already see a very imposing figure stepping in live shot to reign Jeremy in n him reacting to it or James May n Richard Hammond calling the guy in n sicking him on Jeremy.
You just don't throw away GOOD! 
You film crazy, you do not cut it off because your feelings are hurt.

The biggest problem pre2016 British Top Gear had is British Media n the producers of the show thought that they were presenting a car show.
When in actual fact they were providing a stage for 3 very good comics. 
Which requires latitude. 

Here's what happened.
I mentioned pre2016 British Top Gear in yesterdays post to illustrate a point.
Well if you know me at all, you know that the fact that it creeped into the post meant I had a lot more to say about it.
N Voila. 

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