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PEE Poll: best british comedy
Blackadder   -16 (15.5%)
Father ted   -15 (14.6%)
Monty Pythons flying circus   -30 (29.1%)
Absolutley fabulous   -1 (1%)
Red dwarf   -21 (20.4%)
Mr bean   -6 (5.8%)
Fawlty towers   -3 (2.9%)
Dinner ladies   -0 (0%)
how can you make me choose?   -9 (8.7%)
I dont like/ know any of these   -2 (1.9%)
Total Voters: 101

Stuart B

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« Reply #80 on: 07-09-2003 16:01 »

I have to say, that my fave comedy of recent years has been Spaced...  Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson rule.

Also, Black Books.. Dylan Moran is great as Neurotic introvert Bernard Black...

"What's this?"
"Pizza.. I was going to warm it and eat it later, everybody does that!"
"And what are these?"
"...Wasps..."
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #81 on: 07-09-2003 16:23 »

Bill Bailey is good too!!
Hulkbuster

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« Reply #82 on: 07-09-2003 16:26 »

*Sees Father Ted on list and explodes.*
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #83 on: 07-09-2003 16:30 »

In fairness, there were british writers involved.

Doesn't stop me from just ordering the whole series on DVD though!!
BAM!!  big grin
Hulkbuster

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« Reply #84 on: 07-09-2003 16:43 »

And Dylan Moran was born in ipswitch....
M Jackson
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« Reply #85 on: 07-09-2003 17:29 »

Why the hell is crap like Father Ted and Dinnerladies on the poll, and Only Fools and Horses, and The League of Gentlemen not?!
Although with what you've got on the poll I couldn't choose between Mr Bean, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, or Blackadder. Ab Fab's great too, but that's the only one I could rule out slightly.
Futurama_Hil

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« Reply #86 on: 07-09-2003 17:34 »

I've only seen a few when my parents or whoever watch BBC, but I have to say Monty Python was funny for its time, occasionally makes me laugh and Mr. Bean was pretty good as well.  I'll go with Monty Python cause it changed comedies, I think.  That's what people say.
M Jackson
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« Reply #87 on: 07-09-2003 17:38 »

The opening credits are genius. The shot of John Clease (I think it was Clease) swimming ashore, crawling up the beach, standing up totally out of breath, only to say "It's"
Cut to another scene "Monty Pythons Flying Circus".
Hulkbuster

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« Reply #88 on: 07-09-2003 17:58 »

It was Michael Palin...
alexvilagosh

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« Reply #89 on: 07-09-2003 18:50 »

Monty Python rules, and the Holy Grail 2 DVD set comes out here in August. Another must get DVD.

I've seen a set with every Monty Python episode, but it was a bit pricey...
ShineFusion

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« Reply #90 on: 07-09-2003 18:59 »

How can you make me chose?
PCC Fred

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« Reply #91 on: 07-11-2003 06:59 »

There's been loads of great British comedies, like Only Fools and Horses, the Young Ones, Dad's Army, and Men Behaving Badly.

But they pale in comparison to the legendary slice of British history that is Dinnerladies...  roll eyes
BarneyBurnham

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« Reply #92 on: 07-11-2003 07:08 »

I think it's spelt dinnerladies actually.  And what about some more classics like Hancock's Half Hour, The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin, Porridge, Steptoe And Son, Citizen Smith, Rising Damp, and Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?

British comedy does go beyond the last twenty years plus anything with John Cleese.
duckarse

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« Reply #93 on: 07-11-2003 08:16 »

mmmmm true....and if we are including sketch shows then 'The Fast Show' is the best by miles....Paul Whitehouse is far far funnier than Harry Enfield(not that that was only the list either...but i found it a bit unfunny after a while)

Also....has anyone seen 15 stores high??? its got sean lock in it....seen the second half opf 2 episode and is was really good.
boingo2000

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« Reply #94 on: 07-11-2003 10:05 »

Monty Pyton.  The yardstick against which all ohter British comedies must, invariably, be judged against in the American media.  Plus, it has more gaurenteed laughs per episode then most people do all morning.
BarneyBurnham

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« Reply #95 on: 07-11-2003 17:52 »

Depends what you like, as always.  If you like irreverent sketches and cartoons then you'll laugh.  If not... you won't
aussie dude

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« Reply #96 on: 07-13-2003 07:19 »

i was just watching ripping yarns with michael palin, there are only six episodes and they arent all funny but tere are a couple of hilarious ones.
Ka-Boom

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« Reply #97 on: 10-19-2003 14:50 »

I voted for how can you make me choose? But my favourites are probaly Blackadder, Red Dwarf and Monty Python.
Bobby King

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« Reply #98 on: 10-19-2003 15:13 »

i voted for Blackadder
Archie2K

Space Pope
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« Reply #99 on: 10-19-2003 15:29 »

WOAH! This is one OLD thread! I just wanted to be the one to say it!

I choose Fawlty Towers because I love John Cleese insane over-acting.
CTV

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« Reply #100 on: 10-19-2003 16:08 »

So many good shows on that list. Blackadder, Mr Bean, Fawlty Towers and Dinnerladies are all brilliant, as is Only Fools and Horses (which is being repeated regularly here in the UK). It's pretty difficult to choose and there hasn't been much in recent years that could match them. Goodness Gracious Me was great as well, before the same cast began The Kumars at No42, which simply isn't as good.

'Superman? Of course he's Indian! In what other country can you run faster than a speeding train?'
aslate

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« Reply #101 on: 10-19-2003 17:54 »

Dinnerladies was a great one, i'm glad i caught a few repeats when they aired it a few weeks ago.
payndz

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« Reply #102 on: 10-19-2003 19:00 »

'Always leave 'em wanting more' should be the motto of all British sitcoms. As soon as one becomes popular, it should be cancelled. Because bitter experience has shown me that the more popular a Britcom gets, the less funny it becomes...

Anything more than three seasons/18 episodes is asking for trouble! Look at Last Of The Summer Wine if you want proof!
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #103 on: 10-19-2003 22:32 »

The fact that as I write this Ab Fab has zero votes fills me incomprehensible joy.

Monty Python all the way.
Lt. Kroker

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« Reply #104 on: 10-20-2003 09:42 »

Yeah, I hate Ab Fab too. It's not. Funny. Tough choice, but I vote Father Ted, although my favourite ever is probably Black Books, which makes me laugh more than anything I've ever seen. Also, how does Mr. Bean have 6 votes? Yarg.
rach_the_tall

Space Pope
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« Reply #105 on: 10-20-2003 10:09 »

1. Ab Fab is hilarious. Fools.
2. Also, is this your unsubtle way of waking me from the dead? I have email reply to this topic- I can't believe people are still writing in it! I have worth! Hurray, I'm helping!
Jamesbondcja

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« Reply #106 on: 10-20-2003 11:42 »

Dinner ladies is a comedy you say? Well that is news to me.

Well from the rest on the list.....oh I cant pick to much goodness!
Lurrr

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« Reply #107 on: 10-20-2003 14:39 »

There's so much stuff left off that list, and so much great stuff on it that I just can't choose. While Monty Python was great, there are so many other great comedies it's unfair to give it top place because it was 'the first'. If there's anything on there I'm not so fond of its Dinnerladies, and maybe Mr Bean and Ab Fab (Ab Fab started good, but the joke's wearing thin now).

Notable exceptions from the list:
The Young Ones
Bottom
The League of Gentlemen
The Vicar of Dibley
The Fast Show
The Detectives...  etc.

And Father Ted rocks. 'Nuff said.
Javier Lopez

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« Reply #108 on: 11-09-2003 14:31 »

Well.. i got season 1 and 2 of Red Dwarf and i was all week laughting without stop and still i have 6 seasons to discover..

cant wait the movie.

Ozor Mox

Starship Captain
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« Reply #109 on: 11-09-2003 14:36 »

Red Dwarf (White Hole is my all time favourite episode).
Closely followed by Blackadder.
Followed by Fawlty Towers.
TheLastGreatDon

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« Reply #110 on: 11-10-2003 22:23 »
« Last Edit on: 11-10-2003 22:23 »

Monty Python.. to say any other is a sacralige to the great comic gods.... Mel Brooks,Larry,Curly,Moe,Shemp and the great one, Charlie Chaplin (peace be upon him)
Sweetmelly

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« Reply #111 on: 11-14-2003 21:18 »

Monty Phyton is still a classic but I have also liked the shows of Benny Hill and Marty Feldman
zoidberg74

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« Reply #112 on: 11-14-2003 21:53 »

benny hill was my favorite back in the day....now it's coupling
David A

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« Reply #113 on: 11-15-2003 00:14 »

Am I the only one who remembers Alexei Sayle's Stuff?

Maybe I'm just the only one who liked it.   frown
Sweet Clyde

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« Reply #114 on: 12-02-2003 22:05 »
« Last Edit on: 12-02-2003 22:05 »

I'm a big Alexei Sayle fan. or I was back when he was a comedian. Sean Lock's recent show 15 Storeys was great great stuff. I'd also like voice my support for Spaced, League of Gents, I'm Alan Partridge and Black Books.

Ab Fab, dinnerladies, Mr Bean and Red Dwarf all blow mightily and for whoever mentioned Coupling I'm sorry to have to say that it's one of the worst sit-coms I've ever seen, even next to the appalling 2 Pints...
passerby

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« Reply #115 on: 05-20-2004 13:14 »

 
Quote
Originally posted by David A:
Am I the only one who remembers Alexei Sayle's Stuff?

Maybe I'm just the only one who liked it.    frown

<singing>

Who's the leader of the gang that's great for you and me?

A-L-E-X-E-I,
S-A-Y-L-E,

Who's an ugly bastard, and as fat as he can be?

A-L-E-X-E-I,
S-A-Y-L-E,

Alexei Sayleee, Alexei Say-leee, we love to hear him swear on the TV-E-E-E,

Ev'rybody give three cheers,
except the BBC,

A-L-E-X-E-I,
S-A-Y-L-E,

Alexei Sayleee, Alexei Say-leee. <Alexei prances on stage>

<little girl in chorus> "Who's that fat bastard?"

</singing>

Gone but not forgotten.  big grin
Coilette

Liquid Emperor
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« Reply #116 on: 05-20-2004 13:34 »

From the list it is difficult to choose from Blackadder, Father Ted, Monty Python and Red Dwarf....

I'd go for Blackadder in the end though (with Monty Python a close second).

I have a cunning plan......
Sweetmelly

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« Reply #117 on: 05-20-2004 15:31 »

My favorite British comedy is "Dinner for One". Its interesting that this one was never a success in the UK but it is a cult classic at the New Years Eve in Germany.
nerdlingus

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« Reply #118 on: 05-20-2004 15:55 »

A very hard poll.

I chose Blackadder because it generates the loudest laughs.
Klumsy Kitty

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« Reply #119 on: 05-22-2004 00:57 »

So glad I'm not the one dredging up this thread! Still, even though I have not seen a lot of these I will vote for the one I liked among the ones I have. Which would be Absolutely Fabulous. First time my mother and I actually liked the same program no less. Was just a trip.  smile
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