Back in the mid 1970s I was still a mere slip of a lad, living at home in England with my parents and six siblings. With only one TV in the house, there were often disputes about what to watch – even though in those days there were only three channels to choose from.
As you might imagine, the Christmas viewing schedule caused more arguments than most. However, there were some things we all wanted to watch. On top of that list each year was The Morecambe & Wise Christmas show.
I don’t think they’re well known over here in the USA, but back in the UK Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were household names, and rightly so. Every Christmas, a procession of famous actors, actresses and celebrities of the time took part in their hilarious sketches or appeared in one of the truly awful ten-minute plays ‘what’ Ernie wrote.
Decades later, through the magic of YouTube, I found some of my favorites. A few haven’t stand the test of time, but many are just as funny as when I first saw them, over thirty years ago. As proof that it’s not just nostalgia talking, my teenage son often quotes from them.
Here are my three favorites:
Although they were firm friends with singer, Des O'Connor, offstage, Eric & Ernie constantly joked about him in their TV shows and live performances, which made his 'surprise' appearance below even more funny. I loved the way they improvised when someone fluffed a line or went off-track a little.
If you're feeling flat over the next few days, I guarantee any one of these three clips will put a smile back on your face.
How about you?
What TV shows do you remember from your youth?