Time For A Laugh

Another one from the #NaBloPoMo vaults. This was originally posted on a Saturday and, as was my habit for those days, weekend posts were mostly me sharing some favourite video clips. We could always use a laugh, and Morecambe and Wise provided me with plenty of them in their heydays. If you need to smile today, here’s my antidote to last week’s November Rain post. Put your feet up, make your favourite beverage, and enjoy comedic genius at work 😊

Take It Easy

It’s Saturday, the start of the weekend. I just thought I’d mention that, in case you hadn’t noticed – it’s all part of the service. After all of the news horrors of the past week or so, I think we all deserve a little light relief, so I’m going to share some video clips with you that I hope will bring a smile to your face and brighten your weekend.

Comedy styles have changed over the years. What constitutes humour is a topic which has been much discussed, so I have no intention of attempting to add my analysis: anyway, the more you dissect a piece of comedy, the less funny it becomes, and what is the point of that? I am going to share with you some clips of a duo who I still believe were masters of their craft and, as their style of comedy has largely gone…

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Time For A Laugh

It’s Saturday, the start of the weekend. I just thought I’d mention that, in case you hadn’t noticed – it’s all part of the service. After all of the news horrors of the past week or so, I think we all deserve a little light relief, so I’m going to share some video clips with you that I hope will bring a smile to your face and brighten your weekend.

Comedy styles have changed over the years. What constitutes humour is a topic which has been much discussed, so I have no intention of attempting to add my analysis: anyway, the more you dissect a piece of comedy, the less funny it becomes, and what is the point of that? I am going to share with you some clips of a duo who I still believe were masters of their craft and, as their style of comedy has largely gone out of fashion now, I think it safe to say that they will never be bettered. You are, of course, free to disagree! Back in the 1970s, when they were in their heyday, there were only three television channels available in the UK, so audiences for the top shows were massive, often 20m plus. These figures are rarely replicated now – the top shows usually come in at around 10m viewers. I tell you this as context for what I’m about to show you: the power of TV to entertain around half the population should never be underestimated! These are a selection of some of the best sketches by Morecambe and Wise, and there are many to choose from! Their name may be a distant memory for some, or a piece of history for others, and some of these incude references that are now outdated and/or may only have meant something to British audiences, but just watch and marvel at the art of comedy at its best!

First off, a shorter clip which shows everything about their comic timing. Believe it or not, this was recorded in just one take:

Absolute genius! I’m now going to a very early clip, taken from 1962 when they were still with ITV – in my eyes they really came into their own some years later, after they moved to the BBC, but this is an early taste of the characters they developed. Sid and Dick, by the way, are co-writers of their shows getting a moment in front of camera, hence the teasing:

As well as their musical skills, they also had many lower key sketches just around wordplay. For reasons which were never clear, and which might seem odd if the audience hadn’t just accepted them as great comedians, they often set these chats in the bedroom, as they were retiring for the night. Don’t ask me why, just enjoy the skill of this:

Going back to a musical theme, do you remember the famous Fred Astaire scene for Singing In The Rain? Well, try this:

This could get self-indulgent, as I’m enjoying myself so much looking back at all of these. I’ll leave you with one which reflects them at their peak. In the 1970s the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Show, which was broadcast on the evening of Christmas Day, was hugely popular, and in effect became part of the Christmas tradition. One of the themes for this was to invite absolutely massive star guests onto the show, and then humiliate them in the nicest way possible. I could choose many, but this remains my favourite. It is quite long, but is so worth it! So sit back and enjoy the first guest appearance of Mr Andrew Preview:

See you tomorrow 🙂

Happy Hour

Time really is flying by, it’s the weekend again already and it doesn’t seem more than a moment since I shared some music videos with you. As it’s the day when hopefully you can relax and enjoy yourself, I thought I’d do that again for your entertainment, only this time I’m hoping to make you laugh. Over the years there have been many very funny comedy programmes on TV, so here’s a selection of my favourites. I’m just choosing UK and Irish programmes so, sadly, there’s no room for Two And A Half Men. Then again, there wouldn’t have been anyway. And to be included these have to be programmes that make me laugh, which cuts out Miranda Hart and Ricky Gervais.

Although it has been seen countless times I make no excuses for my first choice. I was 16 when this series first aired, and it was a revelation in comedy programming. The unforgettable Monty Python:

I could have filled this with sketches by Morecambe and Wise. Much missed, never bettered. I’ve managed to restrict myself to two of their all time classics. You’ll have probably seen both many times already, but I hope they still make you laugh, as they do me. Firstly, breakfast as you had never seen it before:

 Care to dance?:

If you watched that to the end you would have seen one of their classic show endings too. And boobs!

To some, the Two Ronnies were a poor relation to Morecambe and Wise, but not to me. Yes, their shows had many similarities in format, but they introduced a number of ideas – such as the newsreader announcements – to create their own identity. I’m also sharing two of their sketches. Firstly, THAT one:

 And Mastermind as you’ve never seen it before:

Final one for today is from a wonderful sitcom that was cut tragically short by the early death of its lead actor. Thank heavens for box sets! From a Father Ted Christmas special, the priests need to escape the lingerie department:

I hope you’ve enjoyed these. If you have, do let me know as there are plenty more programmes I haven’t covered!