Katy Brand's Big Ass Show
By Melissa Camacho,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Female-centered Brit comedy has strong vocab, sex talk.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series uses parody to poke fun at people and situations, but from a female point of view. The show highlights and relies on stereotypes for laughs.
Positive Role Models
Brand's comedy is smart and offers a strong female point of view. It is also loud, brazen, and unapologetic. Little to no racial diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional comic violence like shoving, pushing, and throwing liquids into people's faces. One skit involves lots of teen bullying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bawdy references to marital affairs, genitals, body fluids, sexual acts, and homosexuality.
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Lots of salty vocab like "ass," "bastard" and "bitch." Words that are considered curses in England are also used. The word "s--t" is sometimes heard, but "f--k" is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Parodies poke fun at celebs like Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, and Jennifer Aniston.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol (beer, wine) consumption and cigarette smoking is visible. Some characters engage in drunken behavior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British comedy series features parodies and comedy skits that include lots of bawdy sex talk and strong language ("bitch," "bastard," "s--t"; "f--k" "bleeped"). Skits also include drinking and drunkenness and cigarette smoking. The show frequently pokes fun at celebrities, and there's lots of stereotyping for comedy's sake.
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What's the Story?
KATY BRAND'S BIG ASS SHOW is a British comedy series featuring actress/comedienne Katy Brand in a variety of parodies and spoofs designed to poke fun at popular culture from a strong female point of view. Brand offers over-the-top performances of a wide-array of characters, ranging from celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Kate Winslet, to fictional women like Jesus' smart-talking girlfriend and Captain Rosie Fielding, a female soldier who is out of touch with society's expectations of women. Adding to the fray are comedians Katherine Parkinson, Greg Davies, and David Armand.
Is It Any Good?
The series showcases Brand's intelligent comedy writing, as well as her ability to create strong female characters within a comedic setting. While some of the issues she pokes fun may be more prominently discussed in the United Kingdom, most of the themes are universal enough for audiences on both sides of the ocean to appreciate.
Some may find Brand's loud and bawdy personality too over-the-top to be funny. Others may not find some of the parodies appropriate or some of the slapstick-like humor appealing. But those who like this sort of British humor will definitely enjoy it.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what is considered funny in different cultures. What are some of the differences between British comedy and American comedy? Are there things that Americans may consider hilarious, but that aren't considered appropriate in other countries?
Talk about the use of stereotypes in comedy. When, if ever, are they appropriate?
- Premiere date: October 19, 2007
- Cast: Greg Davies, Katherine Parkinson, Katy Brand
- Network: BBC America
- Genre: Comedy
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: November 9, 2022
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