Little Britain, huge laughs

The smash-hit BBC comedy Little Britain has been sparsely aired here, on BBC America, so it isn’t yet a cult favorite along the lines of other recent British TV comedy imports. But starting this weekend, MTV Networks’ Logo — the newish gay channel that we’ve just never quite been gay enough to watch — will remedy that by running the show’s entire three seasons, beginning with episode one on Saturday (repeating Sunday).

The creation of British comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams
— who just signed with HBO to create an American version of their show — Little Britain is shockingly rude, uproariously un-PC sketch comedy.

The genius of it is that chameleons Lucas and Walliams go deep into character (and costume) to portray supposed British “types” that resonate universally, such as loudmouth teen slut Vickie; Marjorie, the harsh, fat Fat Fighters seminar leader; fraudulently wheelchair-bound Andy and his clueless caregiver, Lou; and Daffyd, the flamboyant queer (oh, so that’s why Logo’s interested) who’s convinced he’s “the only gay in the village!”

It’s merciless comedy that reaches Borat-like levels of cheerfully misanthropic social satire.

“>VIEW Little Britain segments (click on “Video Clips”) on the Web site for BBC America (which originally aired the show in the U.S.)

“>CHECK airtimes; Logo is available in most major cities. To figure out which channel to tune to, click here, then click on the “find Logo” tab.

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