funniest of these

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks

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small, far away
3
14%
Biggus Dickus
11
50%
the dance
2
9%
Flashheart
3
14%
Murray
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14%
 
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Re: funniest of these

Postby Darkness_Fish » 13 Oct 2017, 10:14

The Father Ted sketch for me, the combination of Ted's paternal frustration and Dougal's extraordinarily blank/panicked face never gets dull.

The Monty Python sketch is annoying, because I love Life of Brian, but I always found the love for that bit baffling, it's just really not funny. I'm with Toby, "Romanes eunt domus" is far superior, it's one of the all-time great comedy sketches. The number of times I tell people to conjugate the verb to go, and they stare at me blankly...

Also, not really a sketch, but for a throwaway line, this bit always really appealed for some reason.
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Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Oct 2017, 10:24

Toby wrote:I love L of B but I think the "Romans go home" graffiti sketch is superior to Biggus Dickus.


So do I. It's maybe the cleverest comedy sketch ever. Brilliantly funny (and it's my present signature too).
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Postby BOLLY BEE » 13 Oct 2017, 10:52

Putting 'clever' into comedy is like putting 'craftsmanship' into music. Suffocating.
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Postby Goat Boy » 13 Oct 2017, 10:58

It can be a pain sometimes. Like when the point of the joke is to actually impress people rather than make them laugh.
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Postby Deebank » 13 Oct 2017, 11:04

ooooooohhhhh yeah wrote:Putting 'clever' into comedy is like putting 'craftsmanship' into music. Suffocating.


It's public school boy humour and if it wasn't John Cleese doing the irate latin master routine it wouldn't stand up at all.

Perhaps I heard it too many times on the LP to find it really funny now.
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Postby BOLLY BEE » 13 Oct 2017, 11:04

Goat Boy wrote:It can be a pain sometimes. Like when the point of the joke is to actually impress people rather than make them laugh.


Yeah.

There's a great tradition going back to Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, but I much prefer to see people smacking each other over the head. And the interesting thing is, the stupidest stuff is often made by the sharpest minds.
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Postby Diamond Dog » 13 Oct 2017, 12:21

ooooooohhhhh yeah wrote:Putting 'clever' into comedy is like putting 'craftsmanship' into music. Suffocating.


That's really some kind of utter bollocks, isn't it?

Comedy has to be dumb, is that it?
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Postby hippopotamus » 13 Oct 2017, 12:27

Diamond Dog wrote:
ooooooohhhhh yeah wrote:Putting 'clever' into comedy is like putting 'craftsmanship' into music. Suffocating.


That's really some kind of utter bollocks, isn't it?

Comedy has to be dumb, is that it?



I think comedy has to appeal to something basic, but there are lots of ways to be ridiculous.
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Postby The Modernist » 13 Oct 2017, 12:28

Not dumb necessarily, but I think it needs to be instinctive. Comedy that has been overly 'worked on' rarely tends to be funny, that's the main reason most sitcoms fail I think.

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ooooooohhhhh yeah wrote:but I much prefer to see people smacking each other over the head. And the interesting thing is, the stupidest stuff is often made by the sharpest minds.


Like the repeated slaps of Chapman's head by Cleese's character, you mean?
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Postby BOLLY BEE » 13 Oct 2017, 12:31

The Fish-Slapping Dance, you mean?

Or Basil smacking Manuel?
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The Modernist wrote:Not dumb necessarily, but I think it needs to be instinctive. Comedy that has been overly 'worked on' rarely tends to be funny, that's the main reason most sitcoms fail I think.


This is plain poppycock. There are no rules to this sort of thing.

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Postby Toby » 13 Oct 2017, 13:05

I mean, if it's instinctive comedy that we're talking about, then that sketch in Only Fools in Horses where Del falls through the gap in the bar would be heralded by all as the best thing ever. It's not, it's funny for about 5 seconds and that's it.

The Romans go home sketch is very public school in the way Cleese acts as the classic Latin teacher, but the central premise of the joke is universal.

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Postby BOLLY BEE » 13 Oct 2017, 13:12

Toby wrote:
The Modernist wrote:Not dumb necessarily, but I think it needs to be instinctive. Comedy that has been overly 'worked on' rarely tends to be funny, that's the main reason most sitcoms fail I think.


This is plain poppycock. There are no rules to this sort of thing.


No, I think G's right.

Of course there are exceptions, but as laughter is such a basic impulse, surely it makes sense that the best way to elicit it is through something spontaneous.
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Postby gash on ignore » 13 Oct 2017, 13:17

Or more accurately something that appears spontaneous because of the writing/performing.
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Postby Goat Boy » 13 Oct 2017, 13:25

neville from norwich wrote:Or more accurately something that appears spontaneous because of the writing/performing.



The AJA approach.
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Postby BOLLY BEE » 13 Oct 2017, 13:42

neville from norwich wrote:Or more accurately something that appears spontaneous because of the writing/performing.


Aye
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Postby Toby » 13 Oct 2017, 14:09

ooooooohhhhh yeah wrote:Of course there are exceptions, but as laughter is such a basic impulse, surely it makes sense that the best way to elicit it is through something spontaneous.


Much of the best TV/film comedy of the last 50 years has been through the creation of social archetypes that we observe in mostly realistic scenarios. Slapstick comedy has its moments, but it belongs to a different age I feel. I mean, I still love Hulot and Chaplin and sometimes they do seem like utter giants compared to others, but that's because they were in the cinema and as such attracted in the main, a universal audience. Everyone loved Chaplin.

But pure, scripted slapstick today just appears dated to me. We've evolved to a situation where genuine error appears funnier (that US show where people do stupid stuff for laughs but I can't remember what it's called) or countless youtube compilations where people or cats do stupid, unscripted stuff. That's not comedy in the strict sense but it makes me laugh, because yes, as you say, it's spontaneous.