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pacharan
3rd March 2011, 08:06
Recently I've been starting my day having breakfast whilst watching the excellent comedies Everyone Loves Raymond and Frasier on Channel 4.

What a difference it makes to my day having this injection of joy instead of the doom and gloom and irrelevancies that pass as news these days.

Also these shows completely outclass the infantilised pap that passes for contemporary British humour. If I hear the expression "a little bit of wee came out" one more time....:mad

amcdonald
3rd March 2011, 08:10
America, **** Yeah

Churchill
3rd March 2011, 08:15
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh_9QhRzJEs

Poor you.

pacharan
3rd March 2011, 09:21
There's another one that comes on just after Frasier called According to Jim. I only get to see about 5 minutes of that before I have to leave. Looks good though. Then of course back to back Friends on Saturday mornings.

My point is that there has been great British humour and there still is but a lot of it is just pathetic and infantilised (the incontinent old lady on Little Britain is a case in point); the fact that grown men and women like it is quite beyond me but, then again, when I look at people in their 30s sat around me here with their Dr Who screensavers, I can see where they get their audience from.

OwlHoot
3rd March 2011, 09:21
Recently I've been starting my day having breakfast whilst watching the excellent comedies Everyone Loves Raymond and Frasier on Channel 4.

What a difference it makes to my day having this injection of joy instead of the doom and gloom and irrelevancies that pass as news these days.

Also these shows completely outclass the infantilised pap that passes for contemporary British humour. If I hear the expression "a little bit of wee came out" one more time....:mad

Some American comedy is really good, if a bit slushy and sentimental in places. But that rapid fire wise cracking comedy style leaves me cold.

VectraMan
3rd March 2011, 09:25
I don't think there's been a decent British comedy since Father Ted (and that was kind of Irish). I can't agree with Everybody Loves Raymond, that's deadly dull, but certainly The Big Bang Theory is the funniest show in years.

Pondlife
3rd March 2011, 09:26
I don't think there's been a decent British comedy since Father Ted (and that was kind of Irish). I can't agree with Everybody Loves Raymond, that's deadly dull, but certainly The Big Bang Theory is the funniest show in years.

Agreed, especially about ELR, possibly the worst 'comedy' ever.

Big Bang and Modern Family are top viewing IMHO.

Old Greg
3rd March 2011, 09:28
I don't think there's been a decent British comedy since Father Ted (and that was kind of Irish). I can't agree with Everybody Loves Raymond, that's deadly dull, but certainly The Big Bang Theory is the funniest show in years.

Spaced? Mighty Boosh? IT Crowd?

Pondlife
3rd March 2011, 09:30
Spaced? Mighty Boosh? IT Crowd?

I thought they were quite old now.

Peep show was also quality.

Infact ignore my previous post agreeing about no good Brit comedy. I was wrong.

Spacecadet
3rd March 2011, 09:34
I thought they were quite old now.

Peep show was also quality.

Infact ignore my previous post agreeing about no good Brit comedy. I was wrong.

Rev was quite funny if a little obvious

Old Greg
3rd March 2011, 09:35
I thought they were quite old now.

Peep show was also quality.

Infact ignore my previous post agreeing about no good Brit comedy. I was wrong.

They are old (last series of IT Crowd was recent), but more recent than Father Ted. I like Peep Show as well but can't often bring myself to watch it as it's rather painful, like Shameless and Inbetweeners.

pacharan
3rd March 2011, 09:45
Spaced

Never heard of it


Mighty Boosh?

Never liked Noel Redding. He was on that Buzzcocks "show" going on about a website called rate my poo. How pathetic. Wouldn't even laugh at that if I were still in the schoolyard.


IT Crowd?

Not funny. Exactly the type of prog. I was referring to. Also, the last thing I need in my leisure time is any reminder of computer geeks. I'm get enough of them at work!

PAH
3rd March 2011, 09:50
Misfits is another good and sometimes great british comedy (on E4).

I think the problem with the UK is that the population are getting dumber. Life's too easy for them so they are just vegetating. You only have to see the desire for news that isn't (who with an average IQ gives a toss what Jordan is doing, yet she's regularly front page news in the red tops), kids TV on at primetime (Dr Who, Merlin, ...), and the general level of braindead scum wandering the streets from kids right up to OAPs.

Most of my favourite TV shows are now from the USA. Shame they cancel so many promising shows after a season if they don't become instant hits.

Old Greg
3rd March 2011, 09:56
Never heard of it



Never liked Noel Redding. He was on that Buzzcocks "show" going on about a website called rate my poo. How pathetic. Wouldn't even laugh at that if I were still in the schoolyard.



Not funny. Exactly the type of prog. I was referring to. Also, the last thing I need in my leisure time is any reminder of computer geeks. I'm get enough of them at work!

Spaced is at Spaced - 4oD - Channel 4 (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/spaced/4od) , but perhaps won't be to your tastes. Never watched 'that Buzzcocks"show"' so can't help with that. Might Boosh is very enjoyable, but perhaps again, not to your tastes.

amcdonald
3rd March 2011, 10:00
I don't think there's been a decent British comedy since Father Ted (and that was kind of Irish). I can't agree with Everybody Loves Raymond, that's deadly dull, but certainly The Big Bang Theory is the funniest show in years.

League of Gentlemen
Black Books
Green Wing
Alan Partridge
The Fast Show
The IT Crowd

British Comedy can be good

Old Greg
3rd March 2011, 10:07
League of Gentlemen
Black Books
Green Wing
Alan Partridge
The Fast Show
The IT Crowd

British Comedy can be good

Of course, I'd forgotten Black Books.

pacharan
3rd March 2011, 10:09
Spaced is at Spaced - 4oD - Channel 4 (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/spaced/4od) , but perhaps won't be to your tastes. Never watched 'that Buzzcocks"show"' so can't help with that. Might Boosh is very enjoyable, but perhaps again, not to your tastes.

I'll have a look. I do like some British stuff. Just turned off by childish references to bodily functions. I guess some of it is also down to taste too. Never got Reeves and Mortimer. Really like that Alexander Armstrong double act show though. And HIGNFY is and has been the best thing on TV for years.

My tastes would be summed up by the shows in my OP, Seinfeld, Woody Allen, Lemmon/Matthau and the big constant in my life the great Lucille Ball.

Cliphead
3rd March 2011, 10:15
Of course, I'd forgotten Black Books.

+1 for Black Books.

lilelvis2000
3rd March 2011, 10:17
I really like the IT Crowd - probably the funniest sitcom on TV at present. Everything else is topical "what's my line" kinda ripoffs.

Where I get annoyed is that a series is only 6 episodes! Coming from Canada I'm used to having about 25.

darmstadt
3rd March 2011, 10:19
The American comedy I watch is in German so its not funny. The problem with all American comedy is that is has to have a 'feelgood' ending, a moral if you like. Why can't it just end funny (personally I think most of its bollocks, you only have to watch Friends to work that one out.)

Old Greg
3rd March 2011, 10:19
I'll have a look. I do like some British stuff. Just turned off by childish references to bodily functions. I guess some of it is also down to taste too. Never got Reeves and Mortimer. Really like that Alexander Armstrong double act show though. And HIGNFY is and has been the best thing on TV for years.

My tastes would be summed up by the shows in my OP, Seinfeld, Woody Allen, Lemmon/Matthau and the big constant in my life the great Lucille Ball.

Sounds to me like you like American comedy! Nothing wrong with that. How do you feel about Black Books? Black Books - 4oD - Channel 4 (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/black-books/4od)

If you haven't seen it, it may be more to your taste than Spaced.

Old Greg
3rd March 2011, 10:21
The American comedy I watch is in German so its not funny. The problem with all American comedy is that is has to have a 'feelgood' ending, a moral if you like. Why can't it just end funny (personally I think most of its bollocks, you only have to watch Friends to work that one out.)

I did hear (I like to think it's true) that there was a plan to remake Fawlty Towers in America, but deep down Basil and Sybil had to love each other.

OwlHoot
3rd March 2011, 10:21
The problem with all American comedy is that is has to have a 'feelgood' ending, a moral if you like.

WHS - That's what I meant by slushy and sentimental

2BIT
3rd March 2011, 10:23
I'll have a look. I do like some British stuff. Just turned off by childish references to bodily functions. I guess some of it is also down to taste too. Never got Reeves and Mortimer. Really like that Alexander Armstrong double act show though. And HIGNFY is and has been the best thing on TV for years.

My tastes would be summed up by the shows in my OP, Seinfeld, Woody Allen, Lemmon/Matthau and the big constant in my life the great Lucille Ball.

partridge, office, extras, blackadder, red dwarf, monty python films, green wing, the thick of it, peep show, brass eye, big train, marion and geoff are all quality, little britain/catherine tate/my family are just utter shash

us office, curb your enthusiasm, arrested development are the only decent us comedies - used to like stuff like friends but once you notice the formula its gets less funny

the yanks do piss all over us when it comes to TV drama though

pacharan
3rd March 2011, 10:35
Sounds to me like you like American comedy! Nothing wrong with that. How do you feel about Black Books? Black Books - 4oD - Channel 4 (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/black-books/4od)

If you haven't seen it, it may be more to your taste than Spaced.

Thank-you. I will have a look.

Anyone remember a bizarre comedy sketch show from the 90s that used to air really late on BBC2 called Comedy Nation? That was weird but very funny. They had a character with an oversized head who would always be trying to ingratiate himself to people in awkward social situations but he would always just get spat out by them. Quite painful viewing actually!

Jog On
3rd March 2011, 11:07
Inbetweeners and Peep show are some of my fav programs. Green Wing we bought the box sets for and have watched them twice. The Thick of It is very good as well. There was a new one that started recently called "Friday Night Dinner (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/friday-night-dinner)" that we thought could have some potential..

One program Mrs Jog has taken to which I absolutely cannot stand is 'Miranda' - I think they've reused the set from Black Books as their shop as well - :ladybags:

I like some of the cartoon stuff from the US - in particular American Dad and Cleveland. Can't be doing with Family Guy though. And of course South Park still never fails to deliver.

Ignis Fatuus
3rd March 2011, 11:57
Never liked Noel Redding. He was on that Buzzcocks "show" .All Along the Watchtower was better, where Hendrix played bass himself.

Noel Fielding can be quite funny.

pacharan
3rd March 2011, 12:39
All Along the Watchtower was better, where Hendrix played bass himself.

Noel Fielding can be quite funny.

Lol. My mistake.

I was watching a clip of Hendrix on the Lulu Show the other night and there's Noel in his Plastercasters Tee Shirt. I'm sure the shows producers had absolutely no idea of the meaning of this. Not exactly subject matter for a family show!

wobbegong
3rd March 2011, 12:48
League of Gentlemen
Black Books
Green Wing
Alan Partridge
The Fast Show
The IT Crowd

British Comedy can be good

Agreed. Don't forget "Nighty Night".

stek
3rd March 2011, 12:49
The American comedy I watch is in German so its not funny. The problem with all American comedy is that is has to have a 'feelgood' ending, a moral if you like. Why can't it just end funny (personally I think most of its bollocks, you only have to watch Friends to work that one out.)

Have you even seen Das iTeam - die Jungs mit der Maus - the German remake of the IT Crowd? I say remake - more exact copy....


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