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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Gigglebiz is a lively British children’s sketch comedy series that features lots of fun characters and slapstick-type skits, as well as kids themselves telling jokes. It stars Shaun The Sheep’s Justin Fletcher playing a variety of characters from Captain Adorable, who tries (often unsuccessfully) to help the people of Wiggyville, to folks like crazy scientist Professor Muddles, clumsy weather presenter Gail Force, and Keith Fitt, a fitness instructor with no skills. Some stateside viewers may have a difficult time understanding some of the accents, but most of what is featured can be easily understood and enjoyed by preschoolers.
What's the story?
The live action show GIGGLEBIZ stars Shaun The Sheep’s Justin Fletcher as he performs a range of characters in a series of comedy sketches. From Captain Adorable, who tries (often unsuccessfully) to help the people of Wiggyville, to folks like crazy scientist Professor Muddles, clumsy weather presenter Gail Force, Keith Fitt, a fitness instructor with no skills, and Enrique Pasadoble, who just happens to be a terrible dancer, Fletcher offers lots of impersonations and slapstick humor designed to get kids to laugh. There’s music and dancing skits, too. On occasion he’s joined by sidekicks and special friends, including Bobo, Professor Muddles teddy bear. Featured in-between segments is Giggle Box, consisting of video clips of children telling what they call "Justin Jokes."
Is it any good?
This energetic variety series offers up some very British fun by combining a range of local accents, regional personalities, and slapstick humor. While featured skits do not contain fully-developed educational lessons, the show offers some teachable moments within the parodies. But while stateside adults will appreciate Justin Fletcher’s talent while playing no fewer than 35 characters throughout the series, younger children unfamiliar with British accents may have a hard time understanding some of what is being said. Nonetheless, most of what Gigglebiz offers can be universally understood, and will certainly elicit some giggles from young viewers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sketch comedy. What exactly is it? What makes it different from other sorts of comedy shows?
Different cultures and communities have different ideas about what is funny (and what isn’t). If that’s the case, how do people produce shows that can appeal to audiences around the world?
How many different characters can you count in one episode of Gigglebiz. What makes them unique?
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