Friday, February 3, 2012

I love The Bloody British Comedians –

This is my   Ode to my favorite British comedies.
   I love British humor and here is my list of must watch British comedies for fellow British comedy fans.
Here is my top 8  Favorite British comedies of watch I've watched and seen so far.  I'm sure I'll discover some more British gems sometime down the road.  My only complaint about this wonderful shows is that they don't have more episodes.
1.  Fawlty Towers ------12  Episodes of pure comedy brilliance.    As close to sitcom perfection as you can get.    From the comic genius of  John Cleese  as the hopeless manger of Fawlty Towers  (Basil Fawlty).   All twelve episodes are classic. 

2. Monty Python's  Flying Circus   42    episodes  .   Hand down the best sketch  comedy show of all-Time.  Michael Palin,  Graham ChapmanEric Idle , John CleeseTerry Jones  and cartoons by Terry Gilliam.

I could quote Python  Tv show and movie lines for days as many friends know –Especially Scott when he is in town  it is just a matter of time before the first quote comes out.    I could also go on and on about the brilliance of this edgy British gem and how it influenced  SCTV ---SNL and  Kids in the Hall just to name a few.  But all British comedy fans already know about this amazing show.

3.  Coupling       24  Episodes   I   just discovered this Friends  (one of my favorite American Sitcoms)  inspired   sitcoms this summer and it is hilarious.
  Like the wonderful Friends  --this sitcom centers around  six friends  as they hang out together at the local pub.   This British treasure is so well written that words can barely describe it .  Jack Davenport  (known to most US  fans as Captain Norrington in the Pirates flicks)  is great as Steve  and Richard Coyle  as the weird friend Jeff is one of the funniest sitcom characters around.   
4     The Office   BBC   13  Episodes        This  great show that spawned a just as wonderful  US version   is just Brilliant.    Ricky Gervais playing David Brent to near perfection.   His character is such an ass---but like Basil Fawlty this ass is a treasure to behold.   (I'm talking about his character being an ass—not his ass ---just in case that was confusing)  ((  No really I don't  want people thinking I was going on and on about  Ricky Gervais's  ass and it being a treasure to behold ----"Not that there's anything wrong with that" – Seinfeld   (I just don't swing that way baby—Yeah)   Sorry got a little sidetracked there.

The  next three all feature one of the most talented men in all of Britain   Rowan Atkinson.
5       Mr   Bean      13  Episodes
A throw back to silent comedy   --The Tv series is so much better then Bean the movie.
Rowan Atkinson does physical silent comedy as good as if not better than  Chaplin or Keaton.

  1. A Thin Blue Line     10   Great Episodes   Miles away from  his Mr Bean Character  Rowan  shows his comic brilliance as the head of a police department.   His sarcastic comments are gems as he deals with a bunch of wacked  out people.
Here is a little taste of A thin Blue Line

7      Blackadder      The first of the Rowan Atkinson's  gifts to comedy  Black Adder.
Rowan  is  an absolute treat as the sarcastic and scheming Black Adder  .  
A Bit of Fry and Laurie    Which brings me to A Bit of Fry and Laurie .  Yet another delightful witty unconventional edgy British treat that routinely breaks the fourth wall and starts talking about the sketch as a sketch in the middle of a sketch.  Who!    (Keanu Reeves   Moment there ---I was sketching bro)

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