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Important public service announcement

We’ve just started watching Season Four of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse’s cleverly titled sketch comedy program Harry and Paul, which is very good. And, ummm…you probably can’t get it. So by way of apology, please accept this YouTube of my all-time favorite Enfield short (from a previous series): Women, Know Your Limits!

I laughed until kittens came out of my nose.

You can watch other videos from that series (Harry Enfield and Chums from the Nineties) on its own YouTube channel (and if you click around from there, you can spend a whole evening sampling the Beeb). Oh, and check out Armstrong and Miller — another good sketch comedy program coming out of the UK.

Anybody doing sketch comedy in the States any more?


Comment from Mal
Time: November 27, 2012, 12:20 am

I’ve been enjoying Key and Peele. They used to be on MadTV, but are now in a second season of sketch material:
Inner-City Wizard School –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BLkBS9dq_o0

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 27, 2012, 12:31 am

Removed by the user!

Comment from Mitchell
Time: November 27, 2012, 12:46 am

Sketch comedy had it’s heyday in the 90’s and seemed to really drop off the tv screen since then. Seems to have moved to the innernets though. Barats & Bereta are usually pretty good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF3P9E8Nst0

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 27, 2012, 1:10 am

ZOMG! The gin factory’s on fire!

Comment from Redd
Time: November 27, 2012, 1:25 am

It seems that half the actors on our more popular shows are Brits playing Americans.

Comment from Redd
Time: November 27, 2012, 1:27 am

I use to watch Russell Howard before he went full on leftard.

Comment from Deborah
Time: November 27, 2012, 4:43 am

Off topic, Stoaty, but I thought you’d like to know: today in San Antonio, the local Hostess Company donated two and one-half semi-trailer loads of Hostess snack cakes to the San Antonio food bank. In an terrific stroke of irony, those striking Hostess workers who drove the company into bankruptcy and closure will probably get my beloved Raspberry Zingers (and your Dad’s Suzy Q’s) in their grocery boxes from the food bank.

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: November 27, 2012, 4:49 am

I too adore soft fluffy kittens. How they launch themselves vertically once expertly perforated by an arrow. The quick sideways dash! the biting of the shaft! the frantic screech that attracts jays, shrikes and magpies! The lugubrious choreography of twitching, trembling transition from stalking the bird feeder to limp, milky eyed rag-like resignation.

Wimmens, on the other hand. One can’t live with them. And then again, one can’t live with them. They usually fixate on the details that no sane man pays any attention to (handbags, shoes, ear rings, chocolate, mother issues) and utterly neglect the few vital skills the wretched scullery maids can master (ability to

It would be futile to pretend I did not dip into the protective slime coat of the holiest of holies. It was just a stage, though. The most gratifying part of a fimmel to dip into is the few sparse whorls of gray matter the whole coven can put together.

On their best day. And yet, great though the differences ‘twixt the fimmels and humans may be, on one thing the fimmels and humans agree: They Both Mistrust The Fimmels.

Comment from dissent555
Time: November 27, 2012, 6:11 am

“Anybody doing sketch comedy in the States any more?”

Yeah, the Barry and Joe Show just got the word that they are up for another four year gig on Teh World Stage out of DC, albeit by greatly reduced popular demand.

Maybe if we had just legalized weed sooner . . . . .

Comment from scottthebadger
Time: November 27, 2012, 8:09 am

Found the link to this at Theo Spark. It explains a lot:

Comment from mojo
Time: November 27, 2012, 5:09 pm

“Women – can’t live with ’em, can’t part ’em out.”

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: November 27, 2012, 5:16 pm

I understand there’s a norovirus outbreak in England. Be careful and wash your hands alot.

That nasty little bug put me in hospital some years ago. I cannot recommend it.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: November 27, 2012, 5:54 pm

The sad fact is that sketch comedy has always been less funny (& stupider) than it was ten years ago.

You know why life expectancies were so low back in the 1640s? That shit was so funny it literally killed hundreds of thousands of people.

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: November 27, 2012, 5:56 pm

A couple of geologist friends did not find that as humorous as I did. I haven’t inquired if it touched a nerve or if they actually thought it was real. I’m not even certain how to ask.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 27, 2012, 6:10 pm

I figured you’d get a kick out of the Women Know Your Limits bit. You have a sense of humor, unlike most women who identify themselves as feminists these days.

But yeah, sketch comedy is trash these days, just awful. The biggest problem is that hyper political tilt has taken over entertainment and that destroys your sense of humor entirely.

Comment from mossomo
Time: November 27, 2012, 6:49 pm

Upright Citizens Brigade are still around. They have a comedy troupe in both LA and NYC. Funny as hell.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 27, 2012, 10:54 pm

I figure you have to be a little insecure to be stung by mockery.

Me, I have such an absurdly swollen ego and outsized sense of self, it really is hard to offend me. Or teach me anything. Or stop me putting sharp objects in my mouth.

Comment from Redd
Time: December 2, 2012, 1:48 pm

Portlandia. If you hate hipsters, you’ll love it:


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