I spend a lot of time watching TV these days. I justify this by saying that it’s something I can do while breastfeeding or cuddling a sleepy Popple, but the truth is that I don’t usually have enough brain power to do other things that I used to enjoy, like read, write and have conversations with other adults.
Most of the shows that I’ve been watching are pretty terrible (if you’ve never watched Breaking Amish: Los Angeles, you’re a better person than I am), but the past few weeks have given me the opportunity to revisit one of my favourite programmes – Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends.
On the show, journalist Louis Theroux following marginalised, mostly American subcultures with a loveable British awkwardness. He’s just so bloody NICE, even when he’s talking to people with extreme, often offensive views. His niceness encourages people to open up and really let the crazy out. It’s a beautiful thing to watch.
These clips from the series show Louis is at his gawky best:
Season 3, Episode 6: Gangsta Rap
Louis travels to the American South to have a look at the “Dirty South” gangsta rap scene and performs his own gangsta rap.
Best line: “My money doesn’t jiggle jiggle, it folds. I want to see you wiggle wiggle, for sure. It makes me want to dribble dribble, you know.”
Season 2, Episode 6: Wrestling
Louis gets training from the WCW, including how to smack talk like a wrestler.
Best line: “Pistol Pez Whatley, the legend, with the utmost respect, I’m afraid to tell you that I think you’re going down.”
Season 2, Episode 5: Off-Off Broadway
Louis meets struggling actors in New York and goes on an audition for a musical on a Norwegian cruise liner.
Best line: “Gonna die with a little help from my friends.”