The Holy Grail of comedy

French Soldier:  You don’t frighten us, English pig dogs.  Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person.  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.  Monty Python and the Holy Grail loosely follows the legend of King Arthur – loose and historically very tenuously accurate.  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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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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Upper-class versus Nouveau Riche

My Grandfather used to have his eggs timed by the passing trains.   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.  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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Metallurgy for beginners

Blackadder:  You have absolutely no idea what irony is, have you Baldrick?
Baldrick:  Yes I have. It’s just like steely and goldie, ‘cept it’s made of iron

Sorry, but I have reverted to some of my favourite comedy – Blackadder.  this kind of wit will make me laugh for the rest of my days (which should be many)

Blackadder and Baldrick

It is really amazing that something that was created over 20 years ago, a comedy to boot, is just as funny today as it was then.  Undoubtedly there are many reasons for its success; the script, the acting, the actors and so on, but a timeless period sitcom has no reason to age

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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.  Mrs Slocombe was famous for one thing and that was her … cat (a.k.a. pussy).  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.  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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A fresh serving of fruit

MRS. SLOCOMBE: Well, you are what you eat.
MR. LUCAS: How long have you been eating sour grapes and ugli fruit?

Very cutting.  Another quick-witted reply from the young Mr Lucas in Are You Being Served.

Are You Being Served

Such was the success of the program, one film was released using the same characters and cast; the fictional Costa Plonka was the resort; where else could it have been?

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More from the Full House

My wife said: “Can my mother come down for the weekend?” So I said “Why?” and she said “Well, she’s been up on the roof two weeks already”.

Back to some good old gags now from one of the best in the business, Bob Monkhouse

Bob Monkhouse was a respected stand-up comedian and especially known for his talent at ad-lib and TV shows.   He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement for Comedy honour in 1995 and was voted one of the top 50 comedy acts in 2005.

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And I am unanimous in this!

MRS. SLOCOMBE: That’s how I met my husband, during an air raid. The bombs were raining down and I saw his face lit by an incendiary. He threw me on my face and said, look out, here comes a big one!
MR. LUCAS: I suppose there wasn’t much time for chatting in those days.

Ha ha!  Another double entendre from this classic British comedy, first making its TV appearance in the 1970’s

Are You Being Served

Mr Lucas, who was regularly put down by the more senior members of staff, was young, penniless, womanising junior salesman.  He usually had some witty retort, as shown above.

And the title of this post… one of Mrs Slocombe’s many infamous quotes.

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