The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy

The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy

Julian Hall

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1843536188

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Rough Guide to British Cult Comedy is the ultimate guide to live and television comedy in Britain from the 1980s to the present day. From Ben Elton to Alan Carr, this book profiles fifty of the most influential cult comedy icons and discovers how they became household names. Throughout the book, there are tips from comedians and industry insiders, with a mix of amusing anecdotes and practical suggestions for writing and performing your own live show and sitcom. The guide reviews the top cult comedy on TV and in the movies, with a detailed focus on what inspired them and what they in turn inspired. "Comedy Stories" looks at the highs and lows of performing live comedy with tales of the rowdiest hecklers and strangest audiences. The book comes complete with a round up of the best dvds, books and comic websites available.

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comics on the bill. Among the more memorable examples of his keen-eyed material is his take on women sharing frontline duties in the army. Likening conflict to a scrap outside the pub, he has the female army members chorusing: “Leave it sergeant major, he’s not worth it!” A perfect Friday or Saturday night-out joke that also suggests the futility of conflict as much as any gender stereotyping. Now in his forties, Hurst has experienced some eventful gigs in his career. In 2000, at a convention of

does borrow from them and, at times, from the Carry On and Doctor movies. The nostalgic flavour of No Angels is enhanced by the show’s Motown soundtrack. The truly chilling aspect of this show is that many of the incidents are drawn from real life. ≥ Series one and two (of three) are available on DVD. The Office 2000–03 One quality that defines a great sitcom is the creation of a character who is adopted by the entire nation. And in David Brent, the smug, leering, the canon: 50 essential

dialogue was usually downbeat but punctuated by raucous punchlines, usually delivered by the irascible Jim (“I paid a quid for these underpants, I’ve got 50p’s worth stuck up me arse”, he complained once). Jim’s vitriol would often be directed at the television: “Anne Robinson, my arse! Watchdog? I am watching a bloody dog!” The show had pathos aplenty but in later series Jim’s ire towards Nana, Denise’s impending motherhood and the introduction of Anthony’s useless friend Darren subtly varied

many writers.” That said, teamwriting didn’t make the only series of According To Bex (BBC1, 2005), starring Jessica Stevenson from Spaced, sparkle. The import of US shows onto British TV hasn’t helped the UK sitcom. In the 1970s, the only major imported US sitcoms were M*A*S*H and Soap. In the 1990s, American programming became an essential part of Friday night viewing for many Britons, with Channel 4 scooping up Friends, Frasier and Will And Grace, and recently enjoying cult success with My

there began Bruce’s legal trials and tribulations, when he was arrested, in October 1961, for repeated use of the word “cocksucker”. Bruce was often tried, seldom convicted, once invoking the First Amendment, but was sentenced in 1964 for obscenity after an act at Café Au Go 186 Lenny Bruce’s comic heir George Carlin (1937–) was regarded as carrying on Lenny Bruce’s comic legacy. If Bruce was a rebel with attitude, Carlin was a rebel with jokes. Like Bruce, Carlin did military service (as an Air

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