Putous, meaning a fall or a drop, is a very popular Finnish sketch comedy TV show. It’s format is simple: the same actors do different kind of sketches for an hour and a half, including improvisations, and the show has a Sketch Character of the Year contest where the actors come up with a sketch character that they play in different kind of situations. Every week the viewers get to vote for their favorite and the one to get the least votes “falls out” (the name of the show comes from it).
It has been going on since January 2010 and has about eight episodes per season. Like I said, it’s very popular among Finnish viewers, and it’s one of the most viewed shows on MTV3 (a Finnish television channel which I will post about later). It gets a little under million viewers which is a lot since Finland’s population is about five million. Also, many teenagers and school children pick up on the catch-phrases these sketch characters use on the show (one not-so-young who used them was one of our presidential candidate during an interview), and sometimes the winner sketch character gets more publicity after the show ends, like one character got a TV show and some have released albums.
The show sometimes gets special guests, more than before during the third season which is going on at the moment. They have had three presidential candidates and many musical guests that show up in the middle of an improvisation.
The people in the picture are some of the current sketch characters. Only four are still left. I can’t say which one is my favourite because they are all so good and funny and I would like for them all to win.
Now, this show’s humour is mainly for Finnish people and some of the sketches would be difficult to explain to a foreigner. They use a lot of puns and other word plays, especially suggestive language that would be even more difficult to explain or translate.
One last thing about this show is that it has a bigger female presence than one would guess for a comedy show. The show has noted on this few times in the past and used it in their jokes. Currently it’s divided equally, 4-4, and I hope it stays that way.