It's no secret if you've read my work over the years that I am a rabid fan of British comedy. I think it's one of those things you develop a lifelong taste for when you're young, and in my case, it led to a lifelong hunger for the new.
One of the things that's been fun about being a fan of UK comedy since I was a kid was the way I would hear about things I should see. Word-of-mouth, worn videotapes passed hand-to-hand, years of searching... all par for the course. In recent years, DVD has finally become a real option for American fans, but even then, years can go by between first hearing of something and finally seeing it. Sure, there are uber-famous titles like "The Office" that make the jump quickly, but most titles remain cult items and can take much longer.
Case in point: "Look Around You."
There are few shows I can compare this to, and that's a good thing. The work of Peter Serafinowicz and Robert Popper, this mock-serious science show is surreal, silly, and desert-dry for every second of each ten-minute episode. It's not for everyone, but it's one of those shows that fans get protective about because it feels like it was made personally for them.
It's finally available in the US, where Adult Swim's been showing it for a little while, and where BBC Home Video has now finally released the show's first season on home video, and just before Comic-Con, I sat down to dinner with Devin (CHUD) Faraci, Jeremy (Ain't It Cool) Smith, Damon (Collider) Houx, and Serafinowicz and Popper to talk about the U.S. DVD debut. It's nearly impossible to separate who asked what, and the audio of the dinner was a hideous mess, almost impossible to transcribe. The conversation may have gotten away from us just a bit.
I think it's better for it.