"Meet the Magoons is the story of a group of mates (Hardeep Singh Kohli, Sanjeev Kohli, Nitin Ganatra and Paul Sharma) for whom ketchup, chaos, country slices, tandooris, turbans and transvestites are all in a day's work.
The action is set around The Spice, a Punjabi curry house in Glasgo,where the day-to-day running of the business comes second to the cock-ups and cover-ups of the Magoons. If they're not encountering drug-smuggling samosa suppliers, they're being busted by an all-female police hit squad! squad!"
You can catch up on Meet the Magoons tonite on Channel 4 at prime time.
: The Scotsman interviews Hardeep Singh Kohli, the writer of the sitcom
Kohli grew up in Bishopbriggs and served time as a waiter in Glasgow restaurants owned by his cousins. It appears to have been the catering equivalent of boot camp and an experience he is now richly mining for comedy material. He bluntly summarises his restaurant work as "a 360 degree experience - from the shite outside to the banter and the crack inside the kitchen. It's two different worlds."
Channel 4 is giving Meet the Magoons a peaktime 9.30pm slot on Fridays and trailing it relentlessly during ad breaks. Kohli has thanked the network for "not hiding behind ghetto scheduling" in allocating a prime broadcast time, but bridles at any suggestion he is attempting an ethnic sitcom. He has been invited to sit on a panel about diversity at this year's Edinburgh television festival, but insists his sitcom has no agenda other than simply being funny.
"It's curious people ask me questions like that but they would never ask John Cleese: 'did you write a white comedy?' They would never ask David Walliams and Matt Lucas [creators of Little Britain] 'do you write quintessentially white comedy?' It's just assumed they write the comedy from their experience.
"Everything in my show, one way or another, is something that I've experienced. It just so happens I've experienced it with predominantly brown people in the frame. It's difficult enough writing comedy that's funny, let alone writing to fulfil other criteria. You've just got to write from the heart, and from the soul, whatever comes out, comes out."