This is filmed before a studio audience with Craig Reucassel as host. Fellow Chaser members Julian Morrow and Andrew Hansen appear in alternate episodes alongside a series of comedians. Unlike most panel shows this one isn’t a team vs team event, so there are 4 guests instead of the usual 6. First guests include Toby Truslove, Sam Simmons and Kitty Flanagan.
I don’t know if the show has ‘sweetened’ its audio with a laugh track and canned applause or not, but it certainly sounds like it. This put me off from the get-go.
I was further discouraged as each guest took parlour-game turns at reciting mistruths to camera. Sure, they may have had some wacky gags and a graphics team that had worked overtime to add visuals to an essentially static format, but the execution sees guests reading (sometimes shouting) an autocue at us. And they were quite long even for a half hour format because there wasn’t enough variation in the game-play as the rounds progressed.
It struck me that while this might be a format that is fun to play, or even to be in attendance on the night, but it wasn’t translating to the small screen very well.
Maybe that’s why Seven has been sitting on this show since February? Or maybe they just wanted to piggyback off a return by The Hamster Wheel.
Which is kind of the TV programming equivalent of giving us a bunch of good shows and trying to slip in a bad one without us detecting it.
If I can use that analogy….
The Unbelievable Truth airs 9:30pm Thursday on Seven.