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Friday Funny…don’t mention the war…or is it Macbeth?

Just for you, Mantis, sunning it up over yonder seas…I fear it may be too early for a beer or many, although it is never too early.

So as you internalise a really complicated situation inside your head, enjoy…


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Classic Comedy…Does God Exist?

As questions go, this one probably rates well within the Top 10 (alongside “The Meaning Of Life”, “The Loch Ness Monster”, and “Where Do My Socks Really Go When I Put Them In The Dryer?”.

As an atheist it probably is not my place to answer this, as truthfully I have no bloody idea, and on that basis alone my beliefs in God are as they are, but I found this little gem for the team at “Not The Nine-O’Clock News” where we have Rowan, Mel, and Pamela tackle it.

I think Rowan sums it up quite well…don’t you?

To appease the sensitive and precious amongst you, please take my posts with a grain of salt. You’re entitled to your own opinions, of course, but damned if I am going to sit here and listen to you whine on about a theological excuse to exonerate you from a life of eternal damnation…and as proven (see my tweet earlier today), masturbation is good for you so let’s hope the main religious bodies (and by main, I mean those who beat and brainwash the children into a life of submissive anonymity and excludes obvious frauds such as the crackpots of Scientology, Destiny Church, and NZ’s Earthquake Commission.

Classic Comedy…Darts, the way we always thought it was…

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I love watching darts, as a spectator sport there is not many better. And there are times when I look at myself in the mirror and think “Yep, I could be a World Champion”. And this takes me back to a clip I saw when I was very young, and the imagery of it has stuck with me since.

Not The Nine O’Clock News (NTNON) was a series coming from the new generation of comics out of England in the late 70s and early 80s, and from it we have seen some of the all time greats of the small screen – Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones and Pamela “The Takapuna Tart” Stephenson. Chris Langham, who made his start writing for Spike Milligan and The Muppet Show starred in the first series.

Over the remaining course of my life I will come back to this show with classic clips, but this one takes the spot this time round…now we know the truth behind those Adonis-like figures…


Comedy Classics – Blackadder Goes Forth

In what was the scheduled final series of the Blackadder chronicles, …Goes Forth follows our favourite anti-hero and his bumbling sidekicks into the trench-warfare of WWI in France, advancing Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig’s tea cabinet six inches closer to Berlin.

This series was probably the most cleverest in its writing and acting, always spinning a humourous side on the terrible life of war, always maintaining those sarcastic and cynical view that Curtis, Elton, and Atkinson himself had about bureaucrats and authority. As always, trying to limit favourite clips to three is nigh on impossible except for the re-introduction of Flasheart, but I hope that these tickled your funny bone too as aficionados, and introduces this great show to new watchers.

Chapter 1 – Captain Cook: this scene depicts Captain Blackadder, Lieutenant George (Hugh Laurie) and Private S. Baldrick (Tony Robinson) in the trench presenting their paintings to General Melchett (the brilliant Stephen Fry) and Captain Darling (Tim McInnerny) for the new King & Country publication.

Chapter 2 – Corporal Punishment: in this episode Blackadder eats one of the messenger pigeons which tragically turns out to be Melchett’s prized racing bird. The ensuing court-martial is a hilarious parody of legal justice, on a par from the scene is series 1 with the Witchsmeller Pursuivant. And please, search for the scene when Blackadder is in front of the firing squad…top notch.

Chapter 4 – Private Plane: this episode brings back to screen Lord Flasheart (the comic genius of Rik Mayall), the daring ace of the British Air Corp, and one hell of a great guy. Also note that Kate/Bob from series 2 (again with Flasheart) makes an appearance again as his bit of rumpy-pumpy. And search for the scene where a captured Blackadder is saved by aforementioned ace only to run into the famed Red Baron, played by none other than Adrian Edmondson.

To close it all off, I couldn’t let four series of Blackadder go by without the closing scene from the final episode of the final series – Goodbyeee – where the boys finally “go over the top”. A sad, but poignant way to end.

Classic Comedy – Blackadder The Third

The third instalment from Curtis and Elton, and for me, the best season. We find Blackadder as the butler to Prince (Regent) George played by a younger Hugh Laurie (for those who only know him from “House”). The previous incarnation obviously worked as Atkinson comes back as cynical and sarcastic (and caustic) as ever, and poor old Baldrick, and George, bear the full brunt of it. As I always say, it is difficult to pin down specific favourites from this, but these are a start. Hope you like them.

1. Dish and Dishonesty – one of the best of this series, the pre-and post election interviews are classic. I think NZ politics could learn a thing or two here…

2. Ink and Incapability – Robbie Coltrane plays Dr Johnson, author of that fantastic new book, The Dictionary…but has it got every word?

4. Sense and Senility – after an assasination attempt, George employs two actors to help his public standing…ROOOOOOOOAAAAR!!!! Unfortunately I couldn’t find a decent enough clip of this part…but George, legs asunder, nipples standing out, and roaring like a maniac is wet your pants fantastic!

6. Duel and Duality – the final episode, and enter stage left, Stephen Fry as The Duke of Wellington – the final standoff is classic spoof with the cigarette case, but I have chosen my favourite scene where Blackadder and George have changed roles.

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