One of the best things to emerge from the collapse is the general sense of humour around here. It has improved by leaps and bounds since that dreary, dull period circa 2004-2008 when Icelanders groveled at the feet of Mammon.
Spaugstofan – a weekly programme that sends up current events – had all but petered out in 2007. The humour had become tired and bland and everyone thought their days were numbered. There was nothing to make fun of.
Cut to 2009-2010 and they’ve got us in stitches practically every week.
Last nights episode was hilarious. They made endless fun of the RÚV cutbacks [RÚV of course funds their programme] — it was hilarious when the head of RÚV showed up for work on a tricycle [he’s been heavily criticized for the SUV he drove around on the company’s dime, and in the wake of the recent cutbacks announced that he’d be turning it in] and when they spoofed the Thule beer commercials [which of themselves are spoofs] by replacing the “Ísland – bezt í heimi!” with “Ísland – spilltast í heimi!” [Iceland – best in all the world / Iceland – most corrupt in all the world].
The best sketches, though, were when they were spoofing the Black Report. They had the committee members bawling their eyes out when they announced that the report would be delayed [at the actual press conference one of the investigators said that he had often been on the verge of tears about its contents] and I bawled [with laughter] myself when they announced the measures the government was taking in anticipation of the report’s release [sending a package including straitjackets, oxygen masks etc. into every home along with the report].
Seriously, sometimes I don’t know where we’d be if we couldn’t have a good, long laugh about it all.
If you’re interested, you can watch it here [some parts are even in English].