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Jan 02, 2006 04:18 # 41247

MelMel *** tells about...

British Comedy

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I admit it. I'm hooked like crack on British comedy. I have a problem. What I want to know is who else shares this deadly affliction?

You see, my problem began at the tender age of 14 when i was introduced to the hilarity of Yes Minister and the subsequent Yes, Prime Minister. I was in love. All rational thought left my head, and i began to have unhealthy cravings for Sir Humphries dry wit and the PMs attempts to hold onto to control, and Bernard's delightful stating of the obvious. The moment i saw the episode "The key" with humphry's failed attemptss at getting back into the building, and thus the PMs influence, climaxing with his attempt to get in through the window, i was hooked.

But it wasn't enough. I found myself needing a stronger fix. something new for my system. A friend of mine had Little Britain and offered me a free taster. After 1/2 an hour of "I want that one", "But yeah, but no, but yeah, but no, but yeah, shut uhp, its not my fault, i dint do nuffink", "it's not easy being the gay in village", "dust!" and "we're laaaaadiess" i had my next addiction. i couldn't go more than a few days without a fix. I spoke about it all the time, and it occupied my thoughts for every waking minute. I would great my friends with "Just call me Bubbles. We dont need that, do we darling?".

But if i thought that i had gone far enough down this endless path, i was wrong. i was yet to encounter the supreme high given by Black Books. Watching Black Books gave me the greatest feeling yet. Bernard Black is a chain smoking drunkard who owns a book store and generally hates. I'm in love. Well, not so much with Bernard as the actor Dylan Moran. Bernard is a bit of an asshole, but an hilarious asshole, which is all that matters.

The basic story for those of you who are yet to encounter this gem is based on three characters. Bernard who owns the book store Black Books, his oldest friend Fran who initially owns a store full of random crap next store in season one and continues to be job hunting in the subseqquent seasons, and Bernard's assitant Manny (Bill Bailey) whom Fran forced Bernard into hiring. We watch as Bernard abuses Manny and everyone else, Fran tries to interact with the outside world who is clearly not ready for her, and Manny struggles to normalise Bernard.

Bernard's insults have me cackling and rolling around in the floor in mirth. And if that wasn't enough, for some reason I find Dylan Moran to be incredibly attractive. He's my sexy, disheveled, chain smoking, Irish, drunkard. everyone needs to have one! By all rights and standards, he really shouldn't be attractive, but he is. I'm blaming the years of abusing British Comedy, which have clearly changed and permanently damaged my brain.

But seriously, if you haven't yet watched one or all of these shows, you're living an empty life. Go on, have a go, it's not dangerous, you know you want to. Everyone else is doing it...

-Mel :P

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Jan 02, 2006 16:02 # 41251

Deimos ** replies...

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I suppose I see this from the flip side of the coin, being a UK native; I dont find much from other countries to be worth writing home about, so to speak. They seem to be packed with as many one-liners as possible, and generally seem to be too formulaic. However, the series you state arent, in this mans opinion at least, the best that UK comedy has to offer.

You completely fail to mention Porridge, Spaced, The Thin Blue Line, Green Wing, The League of Gentlemen, My Family, Morecambe and Wise, anything with the character of Alan Partridge, The Good Life, Father Ted, Red Dwarf, Dead Ringers (although frankly it lost a lot when moving from radio to tv), Coupling, Chef!, Blackadder and Allo' Allo'!.

My particular favourites are marked in bold.

In keeping with your apparent preferences, I would recommend you watch Spaced, much in the same line as Black Books (and originally aired on the same channel, so these things are pretty much of a muchness), Father Ted for events involving irishmen, particularly perpetually drunken ones. The League of Gentlemen does have an influence on Little Britain, but its a very niche comedy, even for the UK. Too surreal for many, while others like myself fucking love it to bits.

Coupling has since been made into a US version, I think, but the remainder are untouched. Green Wing, as one of the more current series, is most highly recommended, as would be any of mine in bold.

Sir Deimos, Beater of Ass.

Jan 05, 2006 12:15 # 41288

MelMel *** feels excited about...

Re: British Comedy

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*gasps* you mean it gets even better!? Your list just got transferred onto my birthday wishlist. I've heard very good things about Green Wing and have been meaning to locate a copy for a while now.

How could i forget to mention Blackadder. that time travel special is truly fantastic.

and this *whacks shakespeare* is for every english student...

and as for not seeing how the shows i mentioned are the best the UK has to offer, sadly i come from a land who's greatest television acievement is the soap opera Neighbours... so you see why i consider these programs to be works of art produced by sheer genius'.

-Mel :P

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Jan 05, 2006 14:20 # 41289

null replies...

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a land who's greatest television acievement is the soap opera Neighbours

*gasps* How could you forget about Kath & Kim! You philistine you!

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Jan 05, 2006 14:45 # 41290

MelMel *** replies...

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*gasps* How could you forget about Kath & Kim! You philistine you!

Oh no! How could i forget!! *blushes*

Although, i didnt think i'd managed to convert you to their glory... I'm trying desperatly to think of some other australian television series to recommend and i'm failing miserably. The two music quiz shows (RocKwiz and Spicks & Specks) are good, but largely based on local music. Similarly The Glass House is fabulous, but often based on australian politics.

Nope, Kath and Kim seems to be all that's good. It's noice, different, uneweshooal.

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Jan 06, 2006 04:43 # 41300

Aynjell *** replies...

Re: British Comedy

Smile if you want to sleep with me ^_^

Dirty. :)

I should be ashamed of myself.

This post was edited by Aynjell on Jan 06, 2006.

Jan 06, 2006 05:17 # 41306

MelMel *** replies...

Re: British Comedy

Dirty. :)

Moi?? ;)

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Jan 06, 2006 06:22 # 41315

Aynjell *** replies...

Re: British Comedy

Haha... :)

But yeah, I haven't seen too much british comedy. It's really a shame, from what I hear, it's really a good thing. :D

I should be ashamed of myself.

Mar 14, 2008 15:51 # 45564

Turings_child *** replies...

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Being a slightly older brit I cannot help but recommend anything by any member of the 'Monty Python team' including 'Ripping yarns', 'Fawlty towers', Terry gilliam films, 'Erik the viking' and the Monty Python shows themselves.

Thinking about that one person offered above is actually American but he can be an honorary Brit.

To me Python was the template for many later shows though they did take the format further. They include 'Not the nine o'clock news' and 'Spitting Image'

Hope this gives you a few more ideas.

I thinks therefore I is

Mar 15, 2008 07:51 # 45571

null agrees...

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Ripping yarns

Ahahah. Seconded. This is a must-see for any half-decent Monty Python fan!

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Mar 15, 2008 13:25 # 45573

Turings_child *** replies...

Re: British Comedy

Eeeee black puddings black today mother......even the white bits are black.

That and the Raf bod who escaped from everything, including his grave. Golden days.

DVD available for the complete series. I have it (Manaical laugh.)

I thinks therefore I is

This post was edited by Turings_child on Mar 15, 2008.


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