I as good as never do. Streaming, Tivo boxes etc. mean I never watch live broadcasts so there’s never any reason to flick around channels looking for something to watch.
Prompted by watching a movie that was a series of sketches designed to simulate someone channel surfing on late night American TV.
Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
Comedy sketch film by two writers and various directors (most notably John Landis and Joe Dante).
Sadly it suffers from being made from weak material. You could see the concept for the joke but it was rarely fleshed out into an actual solid joke, or augmented with additional jokes. The invisible man sketch for example does nothing more than show a deluded naked guy think he’s invisible when he’s not. No additional jokes are added to it to flesh it out. It’s very disappointing. Some of the sketches didn’t even have a strong conceptual idea (Jack the Ripper was really the Loch Ness Monster is not only a weak idea, it’s the complete content of the whole sketch). Some sketches seemed almost without jokes (the spoof sci-fi 50s movie that is returned to multiple times could barely rub two jokes together). A lot of it was obvious and basic in a way that wasn’t good.
I chuckled a few times, mostly towards the end, but it was mostly flat and unfunny. It drifted by in an amiably indifferent way so it was watchable, likable nonsense. It reminded me a little of Mel Brooks who could be curiously low on jokes for long periods of time. There’s a lot of wasted potential here. Its obscurity is easy to understand. The strongest sketch was probably the funeral roast, and that was nothing more than okay. It’s a dud but it’s not terrible, and it has some minor dated 80s curiosity value.
PS Into the Night (1985) by Landis is on Netflix. It’s an interesting obscurity that plays like a big budget version of Something Wild (1986), and even features a cameo by the director of Something Wild.