Who Loves British Comedy?

bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)November 23, 2005

I am a huge Absolutely Fabulous fan. From my younger days I really enjoyed Monty Python and Benny Hill.

There was a show a while back called Eddie UK or something like that. I really liked that, but I haven't seen it in a while. It was American/British and a total riot.

My best Monty Python story: When I was working in radio in Oklahoma City (early 1990s), we had a system piped through city hall that everyone (off air competition) used and everyone (colleagues) listened to. I was one of the afternoon drive news anchors. We were getting tired of everyone trying to snarf our hard work and the reporter was getting POed at the other news organizations. (this was before small cell phones that worked).

One day he snapped. We had been chatting earlier about Monty Python and his favorite episode was "Penguin on the Telly." He went on the system and did the entire routine of penguin on the telly that I ran through the entire newsroom to everyone's delight. I don't know what the other stations thought of it (and of course it wasn't on the air at that time). I was just dying laughing. Imagine, you're expecting a report on city council and you get the penguin on the telly. Great stuff.

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romando(9b/10a , sunset 17)

I love Mr. Bean. I bought my husband a sweatshirt with Mr. Bean on it for Christmas the year we (me and Robert, lol)first started dating- 1996. Of course everybody outside of our dork circle of friends had no idea who he (Mr. Bean, lol)was...lol. And somehow, it's evading me, but every once in a while I'll watch that show with Hyacinth on PBS (love pbs!)
I have family in Australia who absolutely don't get "Everybody Loves Raymond"... which is funny to me 'cause, 'what's there to get?!?' But that's okay; I ask them why they pronounce the a in taco like they pronounce the a in apple...hehehehe
Amanda 'romando'

    Bookmark   November 23, 2005 at 1:40AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Keeping up Appearances with Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet) is my favorite. BF just doesn't get it though.

He 'has' come to enjoy the sillines of Red Green, my second favorite.

Also Raymond is a favorite American sitcom.

Sue

    Bookmark   November 23, 2005 at 9:42AM
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Nurmey(5 Omaha, NE)

Victor of Dibely is a riot! I don't watch sitcoms on regular TV but that show will get you rolling in the isles. We own the boxed set on DVD. Our other favorite is As Time Goes By and an oldy but a goody for me is a short run series from way back called Good Neighbors. Monty Python, of course, is in a class by itself!

    Bookmark   November 24, 2005 at 12:07PM
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nemophila(z5 OH)

Ditto all those above, and don't forget "Are You Being Served?" (my personal favorite)!

    Bookmark   November 25, 2005 at 3:49AM
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rainfaerie(SF Bay Area 9)

Another 'Are You Being Served' fan, here! I was disappointed when my PBS discontinued the old 'Lovejoy' episodes (not really comedy, but mystery with a touch of wry humour). Do you still get 'Lovejoy'?
Rain

    Bookmark   November 25, 2005 at 11:28AM
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gdionelli(z6 WV)

Waiting for God is another favorite. We used to enjoy 'Allo, 'Allo but haven't been able to get it in an age.

    Bookmark   November 26, 2005 at 1:29PM
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garden_witch(z6a MI)

DH, a couple friends and I were watching Monty's Holy Grail one night, back when we were still dating. The other couple actually got into a huge fight during the movie because she "didn't get it!" hehehe =)

Anyone remember "The Young Ones"?

GW

    Bookmark   November 29, 2005 at 8:59PM
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trowelgal(Kansas Zone 5)

Way back when my hubby and I used to watch "No, Honestly" with Shirley Valentine and really enjoyed it. Now the show and the hubby have both flown the coop. Did anyone out there like this British Comedy too?
Tina

    Bookmark   December 2, 2005 at 9:06PM
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october17(5chgo)

Oh, yes! Clara and C.D.!!! I miss that show too.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2005 at 7:40PM
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gabriell_gw

I love the British comedies.The Dallas PBS station startedwith them on Sunday night and added some on Saturday.I like the ones mentioned but my most favorite is Falty Towers.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2005 at 12:18AM
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bulbs(z6 PA)

Are You Being Served & Keeping Up Appearances are both great comedies - and Lovejoy also a myst. fav. Try to find Lovejoy often with few results. See both the others more often.

I have had books about all mentioned - neat!

    Bookmark   December 22, 2005 at 11:38AM
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singingcrk(z6 KY)

DH and I both love British comedy. Two years ago for Christmas, I got him the Monty Python box set, last year Fawlty Towers. There just aren't enough episodes! We sometimes sit up at night to watch MP after the kids have gone to bed, and just laugh until we cry.
One of our favorite Fawlty Towers scenes: John Cleese LEAPING and stomping on this fictitious bug in the corner of the room (trying to draw attention away from the body in the wardrobe), he was just going insane, trying to "kill" this bug. Guess it's just me, but it still makes me laugh just thinking about it. DH wants to try and film some skits of our own (we're nuts), but no one would get it... besides, you can't do it without a British accent! :o)

I haven't seen "Victor of Dibely", will have to look for it.

I used to watch Are You Being Served on PBS. In fact, it's thanks to KET (local PBS) that I like British television. Comedy, murder mysteries, All Creatures Great and Small...gosh, I'd forgotten... I was in jr high/high school, we lived in the sticks, no cable, little black and white TV in my room with bad reception. Hot tea (for ambiance!), Agatha Christie...cool memories! Thanks, bakemom!

    Bookmark   January 2, 2006 at 12:29AM
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webuser_5438468

Oh, yes! Found somebody else who even knows who Mr. Bean is! My husband and I loved him. We bought his videos and would laugh and laugh at him. He was so funny. Sorry to say that they were stolen when my house was robbed of everything a year and half ago. But now when my grandson gets to missing his papa we go to the video store and rent Mr. Bean and he watches with me (he's 9 1/2). We loved him and still do. He is hilarious! Thanks for the bittersweet memories of old days! Happy New year everyone! Melinda

    Bookmark   January 2, 2006 at 6:50AM
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mamimo(Sunset 16)

Yes! My whole family love Mr. Bean! DH and I enjoy "Are you being served", "As Time goes by", etc. Does anyone remember "Mind your language?" I loved it when I was a kid ...

    Bookmark   January 15, 2006 at 11:16PM
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lblack61(z5 NY)

AB Fabulous and Are You Being Served are my favorites. I've been ordering AB Fab on DVD so I can watch six shows at one sitting.
Never had much liking for Benny Hill, but my cousin-- who is a big prude-- loves him. I have never been able to figure that out.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 12:21PM
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tindee(6)

LOVE AbFab - we own them on DVD - hubby and I were on a kick over Christmas Vacation - they're still funny the 3rd time around!!

How about Black Adder?? Any body like that one & recognize a certain actor that now appears on American TV on Tuesday evenings??

    Bookmark   January 23, 2006 at 2:11AM
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traceym(UK)

I am a brit,so i,ll give my opinion on american shows,as a kid i thought the coolest guy on the planet really was The Fonz.
Some years later and i used to cry laughing at the Rosanne show.
Not a comedian as such,but i would never dare to read a Bill Bryson book in public,for fear of being taken away by the men in white coats.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2006 at 6:55AM
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lblack61(z5 NY)

Can you imagine Patsy and Edina wintersowing??? That crossed my mind yesterday. I cracked up laughing at the possibilities.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2006 at 7:22AM
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knottyceltic(S/W Ontario 5b)

I LOVE British Comedy. When I was a little girl of 8 or 9 years old my fave things to watch were "Are you Being Served" and to my mother's horror, "Benny Hill". I would also fake being sick so that I could stay home and watch the "Carry On..." movies. I also love "Are you Being Served", "Keeping Up Appearances" and "My Family". The eldest boy on "My Family" just cracks me up and I love Zoe Wanamaker in Harry Potter. Mr. Bean has been a favourite for years and I too bought my husband a Mr. Bean T-shirt. His had pictures on the front like bathroom signs to indicate "lady", "man", "Bean".

My fave UK movies are "Bend it like Beckham", "Waking Ned Devine"(you MUST see this one) and "Saving Grace". Anyone else enjoy these or other movies?

Barb
southern Ontario, CANADA

    Bookmark   February 4, 2006 at 4:05PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

Big BritCom fan here. I love Faulty Towers and Mulberry

Penny

    Bookmark   February 5, 2006 at 7:38AM
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