For a comedy show, The Last Leg does get its fair share of high profile political guests.
This week, Ed Miliband was one of the guests, along with Aisling Bea. Now, it should be pointed out that he wasn’t the only Labour Party leader to be interviewed on a comedy show this week as Dave’s satirical comedy Unspun interviewed Tony Blair – but as Blair is my least favourite politician there is no way a review of that was going to be unbiased, so The Last Leg and Miliband it is.
Much of Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker’s comedy was going to be obvious, such as there being a special “Edstone” in the studio, and there was a lot of talk about the bacon sandwich incident that many people think cost Miliband the election. This is something the show tried to readdress by creating a cool photo of Miliband with a bacon sandwich, which at the end of the show got over 17,000 retweets with the hashtag #milibacon – as well as seemingly resulting in a lot of Twitter traffic going in the direction of a woman named Milly Bacon.
While a fair amount of stuff on the show tonight came across as a bit naff (I didn’t care for the end which featured clips of Miliband playing “Take on Me”), when it came to answering questions that had been sent in by members of the public to me he seemed to answer with dignity and consideration, on subjects including Syria, Trump, Corbyn, and the relationship with his brother David.
With the show having also interviewed Corbyn, Boris Johnson and Nick Clegg in the past, you wonder what big political name they next interview. You hope that someone in the current cabinet will have the guts to be grilled in the same way, in front of a live audience.
The Last Leg is on Channel 4 at 22.00 on Fridays.