TV Burp: "Sunny, watch out for that cliff!"

Ed Kavalee has seen it all. Every trick in Australian television he now knows like the back of his hand. As the host of Seven's new TV Burp he has to watch hours of the stuff every waking moment he can.

He's especially got his eye on our favourite soapies and reality television. So he's now very up to speed on the tricks they are using and is about to have some fun with some zany, mostly unintentional, moments on the show.

"For instance Sunny in Neighbours, the Korean exchange student, got lost in the bush the other week which is a wonderfully Neighbours thing to do. And I'm sure it's the same piece of bush they've used before. But then she does take a little tumble down a cliff. So when I see Sunny headed towards that cliff I think 'hello, this might be some fun for us.'"

And in the show, filmed before a studio audience, Kavalee affectionately points up the cracks in the productions, with his own loving laughter.

The good news is, despite being on Channel Seven, the show will include jokes on programmes from across the networks, including Seven's.

In the opening episode, Kavalee couldn't help but mention the MasterChef finale, and there's a knowing glance to how one finalist (no names of course!) looked somewhat grumpy at Julie's win. Yikes.

The show is based on the UK series Harry Hill's TV Burp (Kavalee even dons a Harry Hill badge for the occasion), and is also a gentle sibling to Joel McHale's The Soup, which airs on E!

The opening episode takes a closer look at Josh Quong Tart's reactions in Home and Away, the training techniques on Recruits, angry passengers on Airways, awkward greetings on Ready Steady Cook, awkward goodbyes on Hot Seat, and how All Saints' Yvonne 'Von' Ryan may have been voting for contestants on Dancing with the Stars.

In its gently wry style, there are however, some aspects of television that are off limits.

"We don't deal with acting. It's not about the mechanics of how TV is made. It's more about the storylines and the things that we see on the screen as finished TV. So it's not 'Gee the scripts in Neighbours are shit.'

"What we have fun with relies on what everyone else puts to air."

TV Burp premieres 9pm Thursday on Seven.

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Jul 24, 2009
The show seems funny so i'll see what it's like. I'm a Neighbours fan but I do think Neighbours jokes are funny. Hopefully he keeps the Neighbours jokes to a minimum. Bold & The Beautiful is much more laughable.
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Jul 24, 2009
It wasnt a bad show however he does look like a bobble head!!
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Jul 22, 2009
The ads look good.
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Jul 22, 2009
The ads look good.
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