Pabs and Buggs Show Review

Review: The Pabs & Buggs Show.
Zoe Schwarz.
My first impression of tuning into community radio station SynFM was to encounter hysterical laughter for about 15mins following a prank call gone wrong… The inadvertent mistype of a phone number resulted in bypassing the intended pharmacy and stumbling on a hapless man who was alarmingly happy to give medical advice over the phone.  
Some might say that prank calls is an area best left for the radio professionals who have support staff behind them and editing options available to them, but not for Pabs & Buggs who are happy to step up and put themselves out there.  Radio host Pablo Newton Farley says that community radio offers a great opportunity for students to get their foot in the door and experience running a radio program.  “SynFM is a good outlet for getting in touch with our generation” he says. 
Launched in January 2003, SYN is proudly Melbourne’s only independent youth media organisation and is one of the largest youth projects in Australia, with over 1,000 volunteers.  SYN broadcasts on one of the largest community radio licences in Victoria and can be heard throughout Melbourne, Geelong and in parts of regional Victoria on 90.7 FM.
The Pabs and Buggs Show consists of Pablo Newton Farley and Emma Buglisi, two former La Trobe University Students and budding media creators.  The two former housemates’ obvious familiarity with each other makes for interesting dynamics with no topic seemingly off limits.  With segments such as ‘Asking friends for cash’ and ‘Weird News Headlines’ it is easy to get a sense of their personalities shining through.  While Pabs admits “he was quite surprised by the humility of our friends” when donating money to his bogus causes; perhaps the money would have been better spent on a dictionary? 
While comparisons can be drawn between the Pabs & Buggs Show and The Ricky Gervais Show, the influence of such comedy greats Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, and Karl Pilkington is a positive one and offers big shoes to fill.  I believe the off the cuff and slightly unconventional style that the Pabs & Buggs Show takes works well to create a colourful program that like all good comedy makes you cringe just a little bit.  In reflection I think it can be summed up with a Karl Pilkington gem: “I find that if you just talk, your mouth comes up with stuff…”
The Pabs ad Buggs show can be heard every Saturday morning from 8am on Syn 90.7 FM. 

February 12th 2010
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