You know, I go to the theatre to be entertained. I don’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
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. 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.”
I’ve always been after the trappings of great luxury. But all I’ve got hold of are the trappings of great poverty. 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 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
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 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