One of the many, many reasons US TV comedy is so much better than ours is that episodes tend to be written from week to week, rather than the whole series being penned in advance.
This means they can parody news and online virals with astonishing speed. Last year John McCain’s speech conceding the US Presidency to Barack Obama was worked into an episode of ‘South Park’.
Now Christian Bale’s expletive-filled outburst, one of the biggest online virals of the year so far, has found its way into an episode of ‘Family Guy’, just two weeks after it first surfaced.
Here’s Bale’s rant directed at Peter Griffin rather than the luckless Shane Hurlbut: