Touted as the last ever installment of Good News Week to go to air, expectations ahead of this show were high. Unfortunately, the overall experience of the beloved comedy series' swansong was hurt by enduring technical difficulties and, as a consequence, an exorbitant running time.
Initially, Paul McDermott was forced to entertain the Town Hall for the most part of an hour as the GNW crew scrambled to resolve sound-related issues. McDermott did remarkably well given the circumstances, his diva-inspired tantrums and jocular outbursts towards stagehands highly entertaining. Mikey Robins would occasionally assist in reigniting the crowd, whose energy threatened to dissipate before the show had even begun.
Once Good News Week got going, it was fun, but nothing extraordinary. For the final episode, the show seemed to lack grandeur, without the magnitude you'd expect of a last hurrah. It wasn't especially daring beyond the antics so typical of GNW over the years. That said, the show itself was most entertaining. So You Think You Can Mime? was the highlight of the experience, with Jason Byrne and Frank Woodley forced to silently illustrate a kooky news story each to their respective teams. As you'd expect, Woodley in particular was in his element, revisiting the terrific slapstick of his recent ABC series. Randy, everyone's favourite purple-felt-faced-puppet, would emerge a true highlight of the taping too, utilised brilliantly throughout the afternoon.
Overall, the GNW taping was plenty of fun. Unfortunately, enduring technical issues will most likely haunt the memory of this experience, its exorbitant running time (almost 3.5 hours) proving utterly exhausting.