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Discussion in 'Humour' started by hardsciencefanagain, Sep 14, 2015.

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    hardsciencefanagain

    hardsciencefanagain Well-Known Member

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    I thought it about time a thread was started on British humour .
    As one who instantly breaks into a smile at the very mention of the words "Norwegian Blue ",
    I thought,"why not me?"

    Anglosaxon ("British",for want of a better term) humour has perhaps launched some important careers: Cleese,Sellers,Coogan,Connelly,Pegg(I'm probably forgetting some).

    I'll start off by putting the following to you:"Clockwise" is always slightly underrated

    Ben Partridge,illegal son of
     
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    hardsciencefanagain

    hardsciencefanagain Well-Known Member

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    I put it to you all that Monty Python were a major cultural influence.

    i think "Clockwise" is underrated
     
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    farntfar

    farntfar I'm looking forward to looking back on 2016

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    Personally I found Cleese to be far more in Fawlty mode that Python in Clockwise.
     
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    hardsciencefanagain

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    I found that the phrase "And now for something completely different" has become a staple phrase.
     
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    Droflet

    Droflet I don't teach chickens how to dance.

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    And now for ...

    Ministry_of_Silly_Walks.jpg
     
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    Vladd67

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    Try listening to I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again. This radio series, starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, and Bill Oddie, had a Monty Python feel to some of the sketches as John Cleese, Graham Chapman, and Eric Idle contributed to the writing, and I think an early version of the Yorkshire Men Sketch, from At Last The 1948 Show, appeared here first. This of course also lead to the Goodies.
     
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    Droflet

    Droflet I don't teach chickens how to dance.

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    Well then, let go way back to the Goones. Harry Secombe. "Yes, Secombes the name and I'm for Wales. I'm too big to be from tadpoles."
     
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    Vertigo

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    The Goons, Fawlty Towers and Black Adder (particularly the final Trenches season) have to be among some of the best examples of classic British farce/comedy.
     
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    Vladd67

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    Where else would you find two characters such as Julian and Sandy than in the UK
     
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    Is there anybody who disagrees with me if i say that in FT Andrew Sachs's contribution is immense?I mean, speaking for myself,the phrase "spanish waiter" by itself makes me laugh.His "wide-eyed astonishment " glance/look should be patented.
    Que?
     
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    I originally thought that the answer to this would be beyond our ken, but then I realised that it might be somewhere round the Horn...? :rolleyes:
     
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    Vertigo

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    He is simply brilliant (as are all the cast I think). It's interesting to note that in some of the many foreign dubbed versions his nationality is changed: in Spain he is Italian, in Catalonia and France he is Mexican.
     
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    Jo Zebedee

    Jo Zebedee Come away, oh human child - Waters and the Wild

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    Since Irish is also in the thread title may I mention Father Ted. Love it. And, on a semi-related note, Black Books. I'm also a huge fan of Blackadder 4, and of Morecambe and Wise. More will come to me....
     
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    Vladd67

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    They were never beyond our Ken, but found round the horn with Dr Chu N Ginsberg MA (failed) and a packet of Dobbiroids the magic horse rejuvenator.
     
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    Let's not forget Pete and Dud, who can forget Dudley Moore chocking on his sandwich whilst Pete looks on with an evil glint in his eye?
     
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    JunkMonkey

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    It's amazing how the Goons have stood the test of time. Much of what was popular comedy back in the fifties is dreadful - really painful to listen to or watch. Jimmy Clithero anyone?

    As Alexi Sayle so wisely said: "They laughed at Arthur Askey but history has proved them wrong!"

    My 13 year old daughter loves the Goon shows.
     
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    Droflet

    Droflet I don't teach chickens how to dance.

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    Yeah, me too. And I'm not British.
     
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    Yeah,but,no but ,
    computer says no
    I love you more than....
     
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    That reminds me of the Bob Monkhouse one-liner:
     
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    Vaz

    Vaz We're in the pipe, five by five.

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    My favourite Tv shows, Father Ted, Blackadder, Porridge, Open all hours and On the buses! Oh can't forget to mention Rising Damp :D:D
     
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