Copy-pasted cult sketches, a heated but successful recipe for TF1

This is the story of the Strangers arriving at TF1, where no one recognizes them. The three comedians are treated as anonymous. When they tell their sketches to refresh the memory of their interlocutors, they realize that their parodies have passed to posterity … but with other performers! What seems like a bad joke to them sums up the concept All unknown aired this Monday at 9:10 pm on TF1.

Nineteen cult sketches (Rotate families, The sect, Isabella with blue eyes…) There are reproduced by about sixty characters, from Adil Rami to Pierre Palmade, from Bérangère Krief to Chantal Ladesou and from M. Pokora to Soprano. “There is a lot of pressure for these artists,” says producer Anne Marcassus, who has chosen the majority in the Enfoirés troupe, of which she is the artistic director.

A project “too daunting” for some

“Some people I spoke to on the phone told me they were very afraid, that they were sponsored by Pampers,” laughs Pascal Légitimus. Others, like Michèle Laroque or Thierry Lhermitte, had said yes but could not free themselves due to agenda issues. “There are even some who refused, telling themselves they couldn’t deal with it, that it was too much of a headache,” admits the producer.

The televised Everest in question? Copy and paste sketches that millions of people still remember, taking the place of Didier Bourdon, Bernard Campan and Pascal Légitimus. “In terms of the sets, costumes, pace of production, everything is identical,” insists Anne Marcassus. Surely it will be said that it was better with the original interpreters, but there is still the flavor. When you see François Berléand as a drunkard in “The Hunters”, it’s funny. “

“Nobody wanted to disguise, claim or betray the sketches,” insists the producer. This is the limit of All unknown, announced by the channel as “a single film” while “fictional sketch” would be more accurate. Seeing most of the personalities up against it has comic potential. We will have fun, for example, to see Christophe Willem move a very wick of the sixteenth arrondissement in Auteuil, Neuilly, Passy. But still, the 2022 clip version tastes like microwaved.

“In all modesty, it’s like taking back Molière”

It was never planned to update these sketches, written to parody the small screen of thirty years ago Unknown TVs, a program of which seven issues aired on the second channel between 1990 and 1993. Only those who have aged better remain. Without surprise, The invaders Where is it Bioman, built around xenophobic clichés – and which refer to series that do not speak to the younger generations – have been left in the closet. There is no doubt, either, of sneaking here and there a nod to the novelty of 2022 – yet, just as far as the private lives of athletes are concerned, there would be enough to chain the “But that does not seem”.

For Pascal Légitimus, this scrupulous fidelity to the original material “is, in all modesty, like actors repeating Molière. It is played, reproduced in the manner of … “Then, he replies from Truffle and text by Rap-everything, same struggle, same aura, “in all modesty”, of classical repertoire? Of course, the pastiches degli Sconosciuti are part of the French comic heritage: for years they have known a new life in videos, and especially on YouTube, where their channel has half a million subscribers. The most popular video, Telemagouilles, exceeds 14 million views. “There are many children who take our sketches in an identical way, in their own way”, assures Pascal Légitimus sensitive to all these “tributes”.

“We have seen extracts, it’s scary”

Didier Bourdon acknowledges, however, that the experience is destabilizing. “We have seen excerpts from All unknown, it’s disturbing to us. The sketch of the hunters, when it starts, are the same pictures. It’s scary! It is pleasant enough and at the same time we are expropriated ”, confides the one who continues to joke that he has bought a concession in the Montmartre cemetery (Paris 18). One way to imply it All unknown It feels like a final tribute to him before the next praise is aftermath.

Rest assured, this is just one of TF1’s new fashions that, explains Rémi Faure, director of flow programs, has “a desire to put more humor” in its grid. All unknown is in line with the successful planned adaptations of the cult repertoire of French laughter, in which a plethora of personalities are invited to act in comedies.

A good vein

In December 2020 there were 6.4 million people (27% share). I love you hairstyle around the sketches of Muriel Robin. In April, They love each other … well, almostbased on theatrical performances They love each other, was followed by 4.2 million onlookers for a share of 22%. In a few months, a special fiction in honor ofOne boy one girl I will use this recipe again. Chouchou and Loulou, once again, will be played by actors other than Alexandra Lamy and Jean Dujardin.

The first chain seems to have found a good vein to exploit. The reworking of jokes and replies that the public loved so much tickles the nostalgic cord and comforts it like a duvet. So far it has allowed TF1 to rank high in the hearings. Creativity, on the other hand, must be satisfied with a yellow laugh.

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