The English Explained In A Single Clip

The Arts

One of the fun things about YouTube is sorting through your childhood media influences, and for me (and I suspect many writers who use comedy to leaven darkness) Monty Python was a formative experience. But before that, of course, there was At Last The 1948 Show with virtually the same cast and mindset, and before that was Do Not Adjust Your Set, which was aimed at children but played like a whacked out two-in-the-morning drug trip. I do wonder if the result of seeing so much anarchic humour is to encourage the kind of mocking rebelliousness that has plagued English history. I hope so!

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3 comments on “The English Explained In A Single Clip”

  1. Andy says:

    Don’t for get the Goons, including the “Case of the Mukkinese Battlehorn” and Spike’s subsequent “Q” series. The crossover between all the comics working in this era is quite staggering, The Frost Report, It’s That Man Again, I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again, Hancock, the Carry On films, leading up to Python and the Goodies. The whole Cambridge Footlights, Ealing, Pinewood and early BBC Radio/TV comedy world is a web of cross connections.

  2. I.A.M. says:

    A book in the mid-80s called From Fringe to Flying Circus covers all those interconnections, Andy. Seek out a copy for more back-room tales than you can shake a stick at.

    Watching the clip above is… mind-blowing. Considering it was created “for the kiddies” puts the experience in the outer reaches of the atmosphere. Thanks for putting that here, Christopher.

  3. Helen Martin says:

    …shake a shtick at”, perhaps?

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