I’m really saddened and shocked at this announcement. From past correspondence about Jeremy, I suspect there are a couple of people here who will be raising a glass and saying good riddance (or maybe they have left, I don’t know). He wore his heart and politics on his sleeve but was nonetheless genuinely funny. He’d probably say the putting RIP after his name was inappropriate, but I’m not sure what else to put. Many people won’t know much about him as he wasn’t really a national figure. He was notorious for his lack of singing ability, nay his bray, on I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’s rounds that called for vocalising – namely Pick Up Song and One Song To The Tune of Another. He was also notoriously blacklisted from Just A Minute for bad language. On The News Quiz the best team ever was Jeremy and the late Linda Smith. I was fortunate enough to be in the audience at The Drill Hall in Bloomsbury for a recording when those two were paired. It was fabulous. Jeremy and Linda riffing off each other. The recording took almost two hours but the nation never got to hear most of what » Continue Reading.
I’ve recently read Ronnie Corbett’s ‘Autobiography of the Two Ronnies’, published in 2006. I recommend it – an affectionate but substantial look at the pair’s pre-show history, how the show worked, and their post-show activities related to the (by then) family entertainment institution they had created.
One aspect puzzled me, though, and it’s something I’ve heard Ronnie C state in TV documentaries and the like. The two Rons were annoyed about the early 80s ‘Not The Nine O’Clock News’ sketch ‘The Two Ninnies’ for a couple of reasons, that it was BBC comedians criticising other BBC comedians (with seemed not the done thing in those days) but mainly because – as the Rons interpreted it – they were being criticised for “using bad language”.
Ronnie C defends this at length in his book by saying the Two Ronnies only used the word ‘bloody’ three times in however many series, etc. But it seems to me that the pair were – weirdly, as it seems so obvious – missing the whole point of the ‘The Two Ninnies’ sketch: which was effectively putting IN the ‘bad language’ where the Rons had left it OUT, but with a nod and a wink.
I missed most of the first series and thus had to catch up on the iPlayer after I discovered I was hooked. It’s got better and better over series 2 & 3. A fair bit of darkness in there, which appeals to me. I like Andy’s songs, even though they’re pretty crap. I suppose they’re meant to be.
@bargepole’s post had me thinking not of that unmissable opportunity to review post-progressive sounds. But instead the triumphant return of Friday Night Dinner. This is a slow-burn comedy that has crept up to its fourth series without say the fanfare of Peepshow but is becoming every bit as reliable in delivering 30 mins of top-quality laughs.
The first episode of the new series sees all the FND elements present and correct: a catastrophic cock-up by Dad (‘shit on it’), Grandma behaving badly, withering looks by Mum every 30 seconds, the boys winding each other up continually and a dinner guest who gets the wrong end of every stick. And a pineapple.
Absolutely loved round our house.
I can’t find that brilliant picture of spike milligan and a member of his cast dressed as super heros smiling at the camera, one of them being a spitting image of Tom watson. What WAS the name of that actor?
Watching a Q compilation on YouTube yesterday, I couldn’t decide if it was the most unfunny thing ever, or a fascinating insight into Spike Milligan’s broken mind. But his cast in it were brilliant, which makes me think we should see it as Pinter/ Beckett rather than “are you being served”.
So what smartarse will refer to the rocktastic 80s/90s read which was once not so bad?
This just had me in hysterics at about 2am today. Series tucked away on one of the Murdoch channels – top cast, hit n miss like any sketch show but more misses than hits (no pun intended)
That is all
As an article on the Guardian site today points out there seems to be a lack of satirical comedy aimed at ISIS. A shame when it so richly deserves to have the piss taken out of it.
This isn’t a bad start:
Fans of Bob Dylan and music in general might like this show from earlier today on Radio 4, where musician/satirist Mitch Benn spends half an hour discussing Bob’s effect on songwriting, singing and being a Rock Star. It’s very funny, entertaining, and edumakational – what more do you want? Next week he does a similar thing for Bowie called Mitch Benn and the Fat Pink Duke.
As mentioned in the ‘Lovely’ thread I adore that Bob Mortimer fellas humour so grandly pissed off that the odd and hilarious ‘House Of Fools’ has been axed by the Beeb. OK maybe it did get rubbish viewing figures and was wilfully odd but I liked it. No more Beef. Bastards
I am putting forward ‘The Contest’ in Seinfeld – in which Jerry and Co. attempt to stay “masters of their domain’ Beautifully written and acted – a tour de force for all the cast and a unique subject for a comedy.
Photos of politicians enhanced by GoT quotes. Inspired, especially number 7.
Time for an election topical comedy round up as the real thing is as boring as a focus group watching paint drying in a light industrial unit in the W Mids.
The moles are loving Ballot Monkeys – entirely set on the Labour, Tory, Lib and UKIP battle buses – the Labour one with her, and her, from Episodes is particularly good, as is the barminess of the UKIP one. A couple of zingers per episode def. and Ben Miller reeks authentic desparation on the void that is the Lib Dem bus. The Jack Dee election panel show however is completely inessential, just about passing muster as an 11pm R4 show but not prime time telly in any way. Not even a snappy chairs intro for Jack this time around. Newzoids – spitting image for the iphone 6 generation – is hit and miss, but they have a great handle on Ed as he looks like a Sesame Street puppet.
I need a laugh.
When I was a teenager, I loved Monty Python, The Producers and The Pink Panther. None of them seem so funny now. My favourites remain Duck Soup and Groundhog Day but I’ve seen them many times.
Please inspire me!
In the meantime, enjoy the mirror scene from Duck Soup.
For those who didn’t catch it, this was a six-part comedy just finished on Channel 4, co-written by and starring the brilliant Sharon Horgan [“Pulling”] and Rob Delaney [no, me neither]. Sharp script, great acting, fast-moving but simple story arc, with a great line in awkward moments. Recommended, still available on 4OD.
It’s generally agreed in places where comedy nerds meet that the last great golden blast of classic sketch comedy came from Mr Stephen Fry & Mr Hugh Laurie. No I will not brook any Little Britain (early promise wasted by laziness)
Here’s one of my many favourites – what is yours?
Oh and if you don’t like it then you can sick it in your pimhole, you cloffing pempslider