Comedy Classics: Mitchell & Webb’s Timeless Sky Sports Parody Advert – ‘Watch The Football’ (Video)

Chris Wright

10th, August 2017


As prescient now as it ever was, the following sketch succinctly crystallises what televised football has become – an endless, mindless assault of HUGE gladiatorial matches abutted by HUGE honking opinions, regardless of the fact that you’re actually sat watching Tony Cascarino stumble his way through Norwich City’s goalless draw with Preston.

It’s tough to spoof something that is already beyond parody, but Mitchell & Webb just about managed to pull it off when they went to town on Sky Sports’ particular brand of idiotic bombast…

Mitchell & Webb’s take (filmed at Loftus Road, for the record) is over seven years old and it hasn’t dated a day, demonstrating just how stale and one-note Sky Sports’ coverage has been in the prevailing years.

No matter how much money you chuck at it and to what lengths you dress it up, football is not guaranteed big-budget entertainment.

It is a competitive sport played amongst human beings and is therefore liable to be a bit naff most of the time.

Sometimes, the excess elevated decibels are wholly uncalled for.

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  1. EDub says:

    LOL … first I’ve seen it, but that’s hilarious … “watch the football, it’s going to move!”

  2. Beano says:

    I’m also a big fan of any Alan Partridge football segment
    Especially the Day Today World Cup preview, and his score roundups
    “Plymouth Argyle”, “Chunky Norwich” and “Portsmouth Bubblejet” are all amazing parody names

  3. Archer says:

    Absolutely spot on! The games invariably never live up to the hype. The trouble is, all of the sports channels and meeja have to keep up the pretence as it’s their livelihoods – when the fans get fed up (which could be sooner than we think) it won’t be pretty (anyone remember On Digital and then Setanta?).

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