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Vintage British humor

 
     While my (much) older brother and his wife were over from the UK this month, we got to reminiscing about a couple of comedy shows we used to watch on the telly back in the 1970s - namely: The Two Ronnies and my all-time favorite, Morecambe & Wise.  Over the last couple of days, my son and I have been watching a few clips of them over on You Tube.  Much of it hasn't stood the test of time, but a few are as funny today as when I first saw them decades ago. 
                                                                                           
This sketch is by the Two Ronnies.  It's called "Fork Handles" 
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                        click on the picture to see it at You Tube


In the 1970s and early 80s, the BBC ran a popular general knowledge show called Mastermind.  Hosted by Magnus Magnusson, it was spoofed by both Two Ronnies and Morecambe & Wise (see links below).


                                                    


The Two Ronnies version (left) is more clever, but for the sheer pleasure in watching it, the Morecambe & Wise version wins hands down. 


So that my American friends don't feel left out, I've also linked to a hilarious sketch from (I think) the 1960s, featuring Foster Brooks and Dean Martin.  Still one of the funniest things I've ever seen.
                                                                              
 
If you have any links more amusing than these, I'd love to hear about them.



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jongibbs
Apr. 26th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Hehe. so sorry. I should have guessed from your accent and when you said 'Eric and Ernie' :)

I agree about 'Sorry', and I never got too excited about 'Open all Hours'. but I loved 'Porridge'. I've been looking out for it on DVD over here, but for some reason, it's not available.

Edited at 2009-04-26 03:04 pm (UTC)

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