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    Talking The British are coming the British are coming!
    A few of us have been going back in forth with fun british banter from british tv and comedies such as AB Fab, Little England, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Keeping up appearances, Montey Python of course and more.

    I thought it would be fun to open it into a new thread in the abw family forum because what better way to bond a family then with a benny hill prank or taking a trip to the moon yelling CHEESE!!!

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    The British are already here ... be afraid ... be very afraid ...

    Blackadder is still my favourite As is anything written by PTerry


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    I have always thought that the guy who plays Blackadder is also the guy that does Bean. Is he?

    My all time favorite British comedy has to be Faulty Towers. Of course, that is assuming "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" counts as books, movies, radio, etc, but not as a series.
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    Rowan Atkinson is both Blackadder and Mr. Bean ... I don't like Mr. Bean though



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    Rowan atkinson is brilliant. He also does standup. If anyone can find the clip of him playing a janitor pushing an invisible mop who finds an imaginary drumstick and then the whole imaginary drum kit which he then proceeds to play I would love you for it and be eternally grateful.
    I've been talking about it for years and no one here has seen it so they all think I am nuts.



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    Great-Grandma was from Liverpool, so my family has always had a strange appreciation for British humor.

    Here are my favs:

    Black Adder: "I have a cunning plan." Brilliant, funny series and the ending to BA Goes Forth blows me away every time I watch it. All you House fans need to check this out. Hugh Laurie is one of the co-stars.

    Ab Fab: My wife still can't watch more than five minutes of this show (she can't understand a word they say!), but I always thought it was hilarious.

    Monty Python's Flying Circus: I used to watch this with my older brothers on PBS back in the mid 70's. I think I was around 9 or 10 at the time. Probably explains why I have such a strange sense of humor.

    Fawlty Towers: 12 episodes was definitely not enough.

    Wallace & Gromit: We got the VHS Tape box set when my daughter was just a baby and she's been watching them constantly ever since. Finally had to buy the DVD version last year, when the tapes wore out.

    The Vicar of Dibley: I don't think it's ever been on in the states (maybe BBC America?), but a friend of mine turned me on to VofD a couple years ago. I bought the first series DVD, watched it and then bought the rest. Great cast, intelligent writing, lowbrow humor, it's got it all. It was written by Richard Curtis, who wrote Four Weddings a Funeral, so if you like that movie, you'll love this show.

    A Touch of Frost: Okay it's not a comedy, but this is one of my favorite BBC shows. I wonder if you'll ever see an American TV show kill off the main character to end the series. Maybe 24?

    There's probably a few more that I'm brain farting on, but those are the top 7.

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    Well PopDawg as you might imagine there are a whole bunch of videos on You Tube of him.

    I found this one that I think has one small clip of the drum scene you are talking about.

    Even if it isn't just google his name and look at the videos tab, there's a bunch of great stuff.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHY6nhxlvO8

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    PS - I am a Monty Python fan, but only of the movies. I didn't like the TV show that much.

    As for favorite lines:

    It's only wafer thin

    What are gonna do, bleed on me?

    Oh knights who say....knights until most recently said. NEE!

    I fart in your general direction.



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    Yep, a few seconds of it there. The whole thing is brilliant. Thanks Sheri

    I liked On the Buses growing up as well.
    Monty python (The only coffee table book I ever leave out is a Monty Python anniversary scrapbook)
    Red Dwarf which We have all but the last season I believe.
    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I still have the BBC audio tapes my dad had brought over at a cost that sent my mom through the roof.
    Fawlty Towers is soooo funny I have the box set of that as well.
    Bean is funny but a little annoying at times....more funny though
    MaDawg is all over AbFab. I bought her the box set a few years ago and I still have only seen about 15 minutes combined. Not for me.
    Don't forget A Bit Of Fry And Laurie for those House fans Todd mentioned.
    And of course Black Adder. We have most of those now too.
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    Ooh, LOVE Red Dwarf! And "Thin Blue Line" and "Are You Being Served"!!

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    Love all the stuff mentioned plus,

    "the dance" from The Office
    anything from Father Ted
    The League of Gentlemen - creepy and funny
    Shooting Stars game show or any Vic & Bob stuff
    Little Britain
    AliG & Borat - loved that movie, I amost fell right out of my chair at the Pam Anderson bit.

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    BTW what all started this is on the long treck home from Aff. Summit, Delta airlines has earned a whole new level of respect from brit com fans everywhere because on some of their flights; I think from the EU to South America, they have begun playing Ab Fab as their featured programming.

    I was like how lovely, teaching youth that you don't have to be sad when your dad dies, you just have to make sure he has proper back lighting in his coffin, or that you should fire a hired cab driver because he is athsmatic and will not let you smoke in the car. Even better though, you can survive a kitchen fire as long as you start it with a ciggarette and pass out and sleep through it with the ciggarette still in your mouth. hehehe =0)

    I love those two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolyn - ShareASale
    Are You Being Served"!!
    I completely forgot about that. Isnt that the one in the department store. The old woman with the pink hair rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liquidate
    The old woman with the pink hair rules.
    Mrs. Slocomb

    Father Ted is fantastic and (I think) relatively undiscovered in the US.
    http://www.friendsofted.org/fotevents.html (ok it's Irish, but the same difference).

    Not mentioned is Peter Kay - stand-up is best, but also Phoenix Nights.

    Billy Connolly is one of my favourites, though I think maybe he did some US sit-coms that have never shown here in the UK - again stand-up is best.

    Goodness Gracious Me - and spinoff - The Kumars at no.42 are one of my favouites too.

    Going back in time, the Goons are surprisingly hilarious if you've never come across them, likewise Tony Hancock.

    I agree with the Monty Python films being better, tv series, too much miss and not enough hit.

    Alan Partridge and Only Fools and Horses are classics from a little while ago, also The Office - which I think you have in the US, though I don't really like this much.

    This is one of the reasons I love being British and living in Britain, everyone's a comedian, it's a matter of national pride to be funny and make people laugh
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    I'm a British comedy fan myself. Even had a stint of watch the soap "Eastenders". Guess I thought I was cool at an early age that I could understand them when my folks couldn't. That sure seems nerdy; but wtvr. Monty Python got me started as a kid in the 70's too.

    AbFab was the latest great. (Winery eisode was my favorite)

    Are You Being Served?

    Good Neighbors

    To the Manor Born.

    Hey! didn't the BBC make everything publicly available? I've been wondering if there was some great spot to watch them.
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    Oh man, I forgot one of the best...and most mainstream show's. As a kid this was HOT Stuff!!!

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    Benny Hill

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    yeah Pheonix Nights, I forgot that one.
    plus "Brass Eye" - spoof news/documentary or "The Day Today" by the same people
    and "I'm Alan Partidge" or "knowing me know you with Alan Partidge"- spoof chat show host
    "Black Books" and "GreenWing" too while I'm here, and maybe The Fast Show. I quite like "Coupling" too a sort of British "Friends" I think one of the guys from Pirates of the Caribbean was in it.

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    This should have been a poll

    My votes are as follows (not rated in any specific order)

    • Fawlty Towers
    • Thermo Man
    • Red Dwarf
    • Are You Being Served


    Also good, but not the top 4: "As time goes by", The Office and Coupling
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    The British has always been around! Lets give way....lets say to the Nepals or the Tongas or the Fijis....
    Well honestly...good you've been around especially Mr. Bean - he never fails to make my day!

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    It's "Little Britain" not "Little England." :THWACK!:

    I loves me Little Britain. I want more episodes. :sniffle:

    And I love Red Dwarf. Nothing makes me laugh harder than Red Dwarf.

    Hubby likes Fawlty Towers. Me not so much.

    No AbFab. It's like I Love Lucy on drugs, with better clothes. :Waaaah!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ward
    This is one of the reasons I love being British and living in Britain, everyone's a comedian, it's a matter of national pride to be funny and make people laugh
    How cool. :-)
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    Cool Paul! You'll have to keep us in line (hegh gov.?)

    Hey, has anybody seen a newer one called "My Hero"?

    It's on now in MN.. I've seen it before and it's pretty funny. It's about a woman dating "inferno man", a super hero. Goofy for sure. Good stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny K
    Hey, has anybody seen a newer one called "My Hero"?

    It's on now in MN.. I've seen it before and it's pretty funny. It's about a woman dating "inferno man", a super hero. Goofy for sure. Good stuff.
    oops, yes, My Hero = Thermo Man
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    "Thermo Man" played by Ardal O'hanlon who also played Father Dougal Maguire in Father Ted.

    But in the latest series of My Hero Thermo Man is played by the guy from Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie and Thin Blue Line

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