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Started by RankBajin on Oct 29, 2011 2:57:01 PM
Sir Jimmy Savile dies aged 84


  • Kiddly fiddler?
  • Corpse toucher?
  • Other? (please specify)
  • All of the above?

moto748 - 27 Oct 2021 22:58:10 (#17096 of 17198)

I never liked Bo Selecta, Little Britain, League of Gentlemen etc - not a fan of the grotesque

Likewise. And that comes with the obvious caveat that I haven't seen a great deal of any of them. But enough, I think, to decide they weren't for me. I'm not going to campaign to have them thrown off the air, though. Is anyone?

Ebadlun - 28 Oct 2021 00:38:06 (#17097 of 17198)

The first series of LoG was brilliant, when they had actual jokes, but after that they seemed to be going for the grotesque over the funny.

Bo Selecta was literally aimed at pissed students.

Harry and Paul was a rather curious mishmash of brilliant (especially when parodying earlier eras with impressive attention to detail) and embarrassing - and their Benefits sketch was really punching down, a charmless reworking of Wayne and Waynetta Slob.

thePiMan - 28 Oct 2021 08:54:39 (#17098 of 17198)

Paul Whitehouse was the talent in that pairing, Harry Enfield is just a charmless twat.

AdonisBlue - 28 Oct 2021 09:17:08 (#17099 of 17198)

I'm not sure I'd lump in League of Gentlemen's early stuff with Little Britain. As said above layer it became crap though.

Leigh Frances I've never been a fan of and it's great to see him relugated to TV bettings adverts.

Sabacious - 28 Oct 2021 08:24:58 (#17100 of 17198)

Little Britain had its moments, mostly the more grotesque the better, but it has to be done carefully. League of Gentlemen did it very well. I’m not sure the format is ideal though, it’s not a touch on the unsettling mad grotesque spectacle of a Tiger Lillies performance.

whitbreadtrophy - 28 Oct 2021 11:20:57 (#17101 of 17198)

This tendency amongst the new left to censor is not only deeply disturbing it is a major reason they aren't in power in many countries anymore.

Little Britain was cancelled by its own creators. This is the same kind of nonsense that saw Ben Elton getting blamed for cancelling Benny Hill.

whitbreadtrophy - 28 Oct 2021 11:23:18 (#17102 of 17198)

Paul Whitehouse was the talent in that pairing, Harry Enfield is just a charmless twat.

They are both hugely talented. The only thing I would really take them to task for is having Farage as a guest in one of their sketches.

FrankieTeardrop - 28 Oct 2021 10:24:54 (#17103 of 17198)

Bo Selecta was the first thing I saw where I couldn't work out in what way it was supposed to be funny

popstar7 - 28 Oct 2021 11:43:00 (#17104 of 17198)

Last of the Summer Wine for me.

FrankieTeardrop - 28 Oct 2021 10:56:59 (#17105 of 17198)

Never watched it

pmcblonde - 28 Oct 2021 12:01:58 (#17106 of 17198)

Also never liked Steve Coogan - he’s to up his own area. His working class Manc public persona is total bullshit.

FrankieTeardrop - 28 Oct 2021 11:03:05 (#17107 of 17198)

he’s to up his own area


levelgaze - 28 Oct 2021 11:05:22 (#17108 of 17198)

Too up his own arse, I assumed.

FrankieTeardrop - 28 Oct 2021 11:07:37 (#17109 of 17198)

Ah of course

darkhorse - 28 Oct 2021 12:08:03 (#17110 of 17198)

I feel well disposed to Coogan, and always consider watching something he’s in (frequently failing to get around to it, but that’s just my limited telly time).

FrankieTeardrop - 28 Oct 2021 11:11:24 (#17111 of 17198)

He's made me laugh like a drain so often. Trouble is, when he is doing something serious - like being a talking head on a documentary about Peter Sellars - I still think he's hilarious.

I wonder how he ever gets people to take him seriously.

popstar7 - 28 Oct 2021 12:21:26 (#17112 of 17198)

I've never noticed a working class Manc persona with Coogan. He's mining his Irish roots for humour a lot more than he used to lately though.

FrankieTeardrop - 28 Oct 2021 11:45:23 (#17113 of 17198)

There was a Limmy sketch about what it would be like for Limmy to have to go to work in an office, should his income from being a comedian dry up.

I imagine it's ten times worse for Coogan.

I've never noticed a working class Manc persona with Coogan.

Yes, he likes to portray himself as rather sophisticated

pmcblonde - 28 Oct 2021 12:54:31 (#17114 of 17198)

He puts it on when it suits him. Less so these days. Personal knowledge and none of it good

whitbreadtrophy - 28 Oct 2021 13:01:24 (#17115 of 17198)

Is it wrong to portray a working-class persona in comedy unless you're a horny-handed son/daughter of toil?

Surely it's OK to make it up as long as it's funny.

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