22 January 2008

It's time for A Bit (only a very small Bit, mind you) of Fry and Laurie:

John and Peter (and Marjorie)

Masters of that particular four-letter word, those two are.

And while I'm at it, how about a particular three-letter word?

From Here to Just Over There

That one explores a particular phenomenon the British have observed about Americans. As John Cleese put it in Fawlty Towers, "everything's bottoms, isn't it?"

5 comments:

Percussivity said...

I finally finished watching the first season DVD you lent me. Quite enjoyable... I especially like the "Control and Tony" sketches. The little random "on the street" interviews interspersed throughout the sketches sometimes had me a bit perplexed... "Well I wouldn't suck it."

Percussivity said...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=UGMD8cL6IjE

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

I-am-not-a-Russian-spy-cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die!

Yes, the "vox pops" as they are called (short for vox populis, voice of the people) are I think a rather silly mockery of those typical "man in the street" interviews. What makes these ones funny is that they always leave out the question. Kind of a "where did that come from?!" thing.

And "I wouldn't suck it" is the running gag vox pop in the first season I think. If I remember correctly "oh christ I've left the iron on!" was the one in the second season.

The absolute biggest mental freakout (like for example, Python's numbingly weird "Find the Fish") they did was in the third season, the song You, You, You by Mr. Fry. Absolute absurdistry.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lb581YGhDY

Percussivity said...

Here is a nice bit of weirdness from a John Cleese sketch he did on one of the Python albums... of course it is better to hear Cleese actually reading this with his own inflection, pauses and whatnot:

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The Irascible Neufonzola said...

That is a great sketch...I've actually read the text more than I've actually heard it spoken, quite funny either way!