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British Comedy: A Guide (Part V: One Hour Comedy)

Guidance We’ve had SitComs, Sketch Shows, and Panel Shows.  But wait, there’s more to comedy than that.  There’s also the One Hour Comedies.  These are relatively rare commodities and all the ones that I’ve come in contact with are pretty … Continue reading

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Down Terrace

Everyone was into making money, except for me. If Ladykillers (1955) was darkly comic, then I think we ran out of spectrum too soon.  At some point, you’ve left the area of comedy and turned into a drama (probably a … Continue reading

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British Comedy: A Guide (Part IV: The Panel Show)

You see that I’ve done away with the Tier system for this.  That’s because there are relatively few shows here and I, somehow, have come up with rather elaborate things to say about some of them. Have I Got News … Continue reading

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British Comedy: A Guide (Part IV: The Panel Show Introduction)

Introduction The Americans and the British love a good game. Unlike the barbarians that surround us–that is, everyone else–games are only meant for winning. There’s passion in both nations, no doubt, and the losses are felt very deeply, but winning … Continue reading

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British Comedy: A Guide (Part III: The Sketch Show)

Tier One – Buy It, Buy It, You Fool, Buy It Big Train (1998-2o02) This show featured Kevin Eldon, Julia Davis, Amelia Bullmore,  Mark Heap and Simon Pegg. While it lasts only two series, it is full of great material. These guys like … Continue reading

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British Comedy: A Guide (Part III: The Sketch Show Introduction)

While the United States can hold its own in the SitCom battle–though, of course, it ultimately loses–it puts up only meager resistance in the area of discussion today (and after): The Sketch Show. Introduction A Sketch is a very brief … Continue reading

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British Comedy: A Guide (Part II: The SitCom Complete Guide)

Looking over Comedy.co.uk and its list of comedies can be a little daunting–perhaps more daunting for me, as someone who takes themselves to be pretty knowledgeable of the genre.  Well, I’ll see if I can’t cut through some of that for you. … Continue reading

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British Comedy: A Guide (Part II: The SitCom Tier 5)

This is it, bottom marks in comedy.  For the bulk of these, I’ve seen very few episodes.  You may think that’s unfair to the show, but with these, it’s got one trick in its bag and if you’re not with … Continue reading

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British Comedy: A Guide (Part II: The SitCom Tier 4)

Here’s Tier 4.  Things are getting into the wasting time arena.  And, thus, for these shows I would just skip it.  Like drugs, know that they’re out there, but when your friends suggest trying them out, just say no.  I … Continue reading

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British Comedy: A Guide (Part II: The SitCom Tier 3)

This is Tier 3.  Now, I’ve started to realize that as these go down in quality, the desire for a novice to read about them probably loses some of its urgency.  Really, you’d just be reading to see how I … Continue reading

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