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OI Nominated for Comedy Award

Reuben van Tankeren (OI 2014-21) was recently nominated for the National Student Television Awards best comedy award.
31 May 2023
Alumni News
Reuben van Tankeren and Hal Waghorn two of the co-creators of the film
Reuben van Tankeren and Hal Waghorn two of the co-creators of the film

This was for an episode of a series he co-created for the University of Bristol YouTube page: UBTV.

Reuben, said, "It was one of the best moments of my life, finding out the show was nominated and it's something I will never forget. The show is called BSTV, and it is the second episode titled 'Disillusionment' that was nominated."

"It's a really bizarre feeling seeing your show, that was originally made in three days as a joke, being nominated for a well respected award for university students."

BSTV is an absurdist, verging on surrealist, satirical comedy series that moulds written sketch comedy with real life interviews into a  quasi-reality heightened university news programme. The episode that was nominated 'Episode Two: Disillusionment' focused on university strikes and the reasons as to why strikes happen. Reuben commented, "We were able to interview an actual politics lecturer who specialises in Marxism who had no idea that BSTV was a comedy programme. Chris Morris and Sacha Baron Cohen are quite clearly influences for the show."

"I teared up when I heard the presenter announce 'BSTV' had been nominated. I'm very grateful to Hal and Math, the other co-creators of the show.", 

Reuben has been fascinated by comedy since he was very young, being shown a plethora of different comedy shows by his Mum when he was still quite young.  Whilst he is very comfortable writing comedy, Reuben has also directed and co-written short film dramas inside and outside university. Recently he with four friends helped create the Bristol Collaborative Arts Society, which has now been nominated for best new society, best media society and society of the year at this year's Bristol Student Union Awards, which will be held on the 8th of June.  

To watch the Episode Two: Disillusionment' click on the on the Youtube link below. Please be aware the show does contain strong language and leans into adult themes.

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