Not Only… But Also

You know, I go to the theatre to be entertained.ย  I donโ€™t want to see plays about rape, sodomy and drug addiction…I can get all that at home.

Not satirical, just a good old fashion gag, from the godfather of British Satire – Peter Cook

Peter Cook

I’d rather not quote other people, but I find it hard not to with Peter; so many people have great things to say about him.ย  So, from Stephen Fry we have this testament to Peter’s greatness:

“There was the famous occasion when Peter addressed a group of revellers at a lunch celebrating 25 years of Private Eye. Almost everyone who was there, myself included, will tell you it was the funniest, most brilliant speech they had ever heard. But ask us to recall the jokes and there will be a complete blank. Peter’s funniest performances were generally of this impromptu, unscripted variety.”

’nuff said

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The funniest man

I’ve always been after the trappings of great luxury.ย  But all I’ve got hold of are the trappings of great poverty.ย  I’ve got hold of the wrong load of trappings, and a rotten load they are too, ones I could have very well done without.

Something a bit older now from an extremely influential figure in modern British comedy; someone who was regarded as the leading light of the British satire boom of the 1960’s

Peter Cook

Peter Cook has been described by Stephen Fry, no less, as “the funniest man who ever drew breath” – a tremendous accolade by someone I consider as incredibly influential in the modern era of comedy – so great heed should be taken of this

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Ooh Betty!

Betty Spencer: Our marriage was a great shock to her, she wanted me to marry someone else.

Frank Spencer: Who?

Betty Spencer: No-one in particular, just someone else.

Now I’m beginning to show my age – some really cringeworthy slapstick comedy by a true acting genious – someone who was also noted for doing his own stunts – Frank Spencer (aka Michale Crawford)

Frank Spencer

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em was a TV classic that followed the accident-prone Frank Spencer and his tolerant, if long-suffering, wife, Betty, through Frank’s various attempts to hold down a job, which frequently end in disaster.ย  Frank’s catchphase “Ooh Betty” will forever be part of the British psyche.

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Knight a-round a table

Knights of Camelot: [singing]

We’re knights of the Round Table, we dance whene’er we’re able. We do routines and chorus scenes with footwork impec-cable. We dine well here in Camelot, we eat ham and jam and Spam a lot.

We’re knights of the Round Table, our shows are for-mi-dable. But many times we’re given rhymes that are quite un-sing-able, We’re opera mad in Camelot, we sing from the diaphragm a lot.

In war we’re tough and able, Quite in-de-fa-ti-gable. Between our quests we sequin vests and impersonate Clark Gable

It’s a busy life in Camelot

How difficult is it to portray the comic genius that is monty Python without the aid of images – still it is rip roaringly funny even still.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The last in the current batch of Python quotes where the legend of King Arthur is given a vicious mauling.ย  Killer rabbits, Trojan rabbits, French military officers – all comic fodder to the genius of Python

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Of rodent parentage

French Soldier: I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.

The third in the series of quotes from the comedy partnership called Monty Python and The Knights that say NI !

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

“King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles. ”ย  – so says the IMDB.ย  Well that does it no justice from the team that probably pushed the boundaries of silly and brought it to the public; the same team that conjured up the ministry of silly walks!

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If God could complain…

God: Every time I try to talk to someone it’s “sorry this” and “forgive me that” and “I’m not worthy”…

The second of a short series of quotes from the Monty Python heritage

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

To truly understand the impact that Mony Python made to comedy, in 2005, 35 years after Monty Python appeared on our screens, a UK poll to find The Comedian’s Comedian, three of the six Pythons members were voted by fellow comedians and comedy insiders to be among the top 50 greats.

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The Holy Grail of comedy

French Soldier:ย  You don’t frighten us, English pig dogs.ย  Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person.ย  I blow my nose at you, so-called “Arthur King,” you and all your silly English K-nig-hts.

Yes, at long, long last, we shall offer up some of the greatest British comedy, comedy that legends were made of and that was the bedrock of so much comedy that followed it.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python – need I say more, and this quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. ย Monty Python and the Holy Grail loosely follows the legend of King Arthur – loose and historically very tenuously accurate.ย  In many different surveys, this film has consistently been voted in the top 10 of the best or funniest films of all time.

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Upper-class versus Nouveau Riche

My Grandfather used to have his eggs timed by the passing trains.ย ย  If they were hard-boiled he had the driver sacked.

Here is a past classic sitcom – a riches-to-rags-to-riches romantic tale of Audrey fforbes-Hamilton, and the new owner of the stately home she had to sell, Richard DeVere.

Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles played the two leading characters and was extremely popular, even though it only lasted 22 shows over 3 series.ย  To the Manor Born came 21st in Britain’s Best Sitcom, a public poll to find Britain’s favourite situation comedy

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Feline frolics

If my pussy isn’t attended to by eight, she needs a right stroking all night!

One final quote from Are you Being Served.ย  Mrs Slocombe was famous for one thing and that was her … cat (a.k.a. pussy).ย  So many innuendos were in Are You Being Served from many of the characters, it is Mrs Slocombe’s regular referral to her…cat, that is most fondly remembered (or should it be fondling…)

Mrs Slocombe

Mrs Slocombe was head of the ladies’ department and was as well-known for her changing hair colour as well as conversations about her… cat

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As a comedian, I’ve died many deaths

I’m not saying my wife’s a bad cook, but she uses a smoke alarm as a timer.

Ha ha – yes, another quip from a true master of the ad-lib

Bob Monkhouse

On 12 June 2007, Monkhouse posthumously appeared on a British TV advertisement promoting awareness of prostate cancer for Male Cancer Awareness Week.ย  He talking about the disease seriously, interspersed with humorous asides such as “What killed me kills one man per hour in Britain. That’s even more than my wife’s cooking” – a true master of comedy if ever there was one.

The title of this post came from the prostate cancer advert

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