The Chaser sucks.
For every good sketch there are 100 unfunny, unoriginal, annoying or boring ones. Half of their material is ripped off from the Late Show, which would be fine if the Chaser guys possessed a modicum of the charm of the D Gen crew. The Late show struggled to fill it’s timeslot each week and many of it’s sketches flopped, but you couldn’t help but laugh along with Rob, Santo, Jane et al when things went wrong.
The Chaser guys come across as pompous pricks, being outrageous in order to gain attention, like a kid who swears to appear cool. From what I’ve heard, they’re jerks in everyday life as well.
Last night’s show contained two prime examples of Late Show ripping. In one sketch, Craig Reucassel used Groucho Marx glasses and then a horse costume in an attempt to disguise himself. Tony Martin and Mick Molloy did that gag over ten years ago.
The now infamous Realistic Wish Foundation sketch was followed by footage of Andrew Hansen dressed as a senior citizen writing a complaint letter to the ABC. This sort of thing was a staple of the Late show (notably in the Grey Mafia sketch: “Reg Lindsay just said bottom!” and the ‘What’s all that about’ song).
In my opinion the Chaser guys should go back to the CNNN format (which was ripping off the Onion).
On a side note, here are some favourite Late Show clips: