A different Brand of comedy

Anything is good if it’s made of chocolate.

Not so much a quip, more of a quote with comic aspirations, and very much a real observation attributable to many people, I suspect.

Jo Brand

Jo Brand is a BAFTA winning British comedienne, writer, and actress, majoring on observational comedy.  Like several others, her style is dead pan and down beat, but this still has large appeal to the public.  Much of her humour is self-deprecating, which may be a reason for her success.  She won the 2011 Best TV Comedy Actress BAFTA award for her BBC Four sitcom Getting On.

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Three lions on a shirt

That’s the thing about your destiny how are you supposed to know when it arrives? How are you supposed to recognise it from random life?

Something a bit more contemporary this time, from a popular stand-up comedian,famed for his satirical and observational comedy

David Baddiel

David Baddiel became a stand-up comedian after leaving university in teh late 80’s.  Since then he has played significant contributions to “The Mary Whitehouse Experience” (which first started on radio), “Newman and Baddiel in Pieces”, “Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned” and “Baddiel’s Syndrome”

The title of this post relates to the hit single he had with Frank Skinner for the Euro 96 football tournament

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Get that, would you Barb?

Are you going to make a brew or what Barbara?  I’ve got a throat here like Gandhi’s bloody flip-flop.

Just one more for the road before we return to normality – another Royle Family quote, of which there are so many (and some I probably should not print, given the language content, but they are all so funny)

The Royle Family

Another Jim Royle special (I must get some other quotes from the rest of the family), but so much of it revolves around him, just sitting in the same old chair, in the same old dilapidated room, saying the same old things.  It is really a wonder why The Royle family became such a huge hit with audiences … but it did!  My Arse!

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A Royle party

I’m off for a chat with the Arabs … Mustafa Crap

With a hint of vulgarity the Royal Family arrives at last into this blog.  A personal family favourite this Liverpudlian family depicts life as seen around the living room TV, couch potatoes in other words.

Jim Royle

How can such a simple, almost boring set give rise to such great comedy?  Great writing and an excellent cast is the answer!  Jim Royle, played by Ricky Tomlinson, belches, farts, picks his nose and his backside, but life revolves around him and woe betide you if you cross him!  My Arse!!!

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A sensitive Glaswegian

If the Good Lord had wanted us to know about cuisine, he would never have given us crispy pancakes.

This dirty, rude, lazy, foul-mouthed, sexist, violent, alcoholic appeared on our screens in the 80’s and is still going strong.  Tackling many taboo subjects, Rab C Nesbitt reeks of dark, Glaswegian humour, when you can understand the heavy dialect (which actually makes it even funnier).

Rab C Nesbitt

It has been voted one of the 50 Best British sitcoms of all time in a wide-ranging poll of the viewing public.  Opinion can be divided though;  love it or hate it the performance if Gregor Fisher is fantastic.

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Get ready for this sweetie

Eddie: In this body there is a thin person dying to get out.
Gran: Just the one dear?

Eddy and Patsy were a pair of career women on the London fashion scene – both trying to appear younger than they actually were – a life revolving around alcohol, recreational drugs, and chasing the latest fads.

Absolutely Fabulous

The award-winning Absolutely Fabulous (BAFTA’s and Emmy’s), or just Ab Fab, has graced our screens since the 90’s and rumour has it there may be another series on the way, at least a 2012 Christmas Special perhaps.  Lovely sweetie-darling!

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Gung-ho about cod liver oil

That was Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell, a song in which Joni complains they ‘Paved paradise to put up a parking lot’, a measure which actually would have alleviated traffic congestion on the outskirts of paradise, something which Joni singularly fails to point out, perhaps because it doesn’t quite fit in with her blinkered view of the world. Nevertheless, nice song.

Another classic quote from this larger than life character – Alan Partridge is characterised as a superficial and insecure pratt, concerned largely with his status and what people think of him

Alan Partridge

Steve Coogan is a British comedian, actor and writer who began his career as a standup comedian and impressionist, working as a voice artist throughout the 1980’s on  shows such as Spitting Image

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All hail to the ale!

We shouldn’t insult the French of course, because they’re not here to defend themselves. And we know how good they are at that!

Oooo!  A touch of controversy perhaps with this slightly over the top riskee comedian.  Very popular, the comedian was voted in 2007 the 16th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups.

Al Murray

Al Murray is probably best know for his Pub Landlord persona, who is a stereotyped right-wing disliker of foreigners.  So believable is the character that people forget that they are not one and the same; Al Murray has a very much different public school background to that of the Pub Landlord character.

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A big fat quiz

I saw a charity appeal in the Guardian the other day, and it read “Little Zuki has to walk 13 miles a day just to fetch water”. And I couldn’t help thinking, she should move.

Something slightly different now, with a current comedian specialising in a more sombre humour with a deadpan delivery.

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr seems to appear everywhere at the moment; both TV and radio.  His style of comedy, of which there are many examples (some we will see more of in this blog no doubt), are similar to the quote above – a pretty ordinary observation or comment with a sharp witty comment appended that takes just a second to hit home.  Very clever and quite an endearing comedy style.

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A six month around the World cruise for around £700 please

Computer says no …  (cough)

It would not be possible to make reference to Little Britain without mentioning the other half of the famous double-act, similarly acting out sketches for a number of memorable characters

Carol Beer

Carol Beer, played by David Walliams, created a catchphrase that took the World by storm.  Since that date, and probably even now, several years later, many a person could be heard in many offices saying “computer says no”, and not just IT people.  When asked by customers if they can take a loan or open up an account, Carol would punch in data into the computer and always have the same reply, although, on her very last appearance in episode 3, with a very difficult request, she is dismayed that the computer actually said “yes”… to the request which is the title of this post.

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