Friday, May 09, 2008

Heroes Of Comedy No4 - Tommy Cooper

Standard issue Tommy Cooper. Better than 99% of what passes for comedy, both old and new. Tommy died in action many moons ago and by all accounts, liked a drink or two, possibly helping to edge him towards the trap-door a little before his time. The sad thing is that the mediocre hacks are nearly always teetotal non-smokers who go to the gym every day, thus living for fucking ever. Ben Elton, Graham Norton, Lenny Henry, Dawn French**, all about as funny as the plague, all still alive and all within reach of a TV studio and a fat cheque from Channel 4 and the BB fucking C, from which to torture us all with their vapid, insipid, miserably unimaginitive horseshit. Where's the justice in that?

**Yes, I know Dawn likes her Mars Bars, but her sheer lack of worth as an entertainer will keep her alive and bloated well into her eighties.

5 comments:

dearieme said...

"Ben Elton, Graham Norton, Lenny Henry, Dawn French": a fine list of duds. If you watch The Secret Policeman's Ball series, you see the dreadful fall in standards after Cook, Pythons, Connelly and the like are replaced by no-hopers.

PS Alas, wonderful tho' Francis was as a stand-up comedian, I have no appetite for Up Pompeii. Titter me not.

iLL Man said...

Yeah, lots of over-rated crap came our way in the 80's, though as ever, there wre some gems amongst the 'alternative' crowd.

Could I find any Frankie Howerd standup? Could I bunnies!

I rather like Up Pompeii, but I appreciate it's not everyones cup of Tetley.

dearieme said...

Dawn French - it occurs to me that the Vicar of Dibley is the only comedy show I've ever seen where everyone else in the cast is funnier than the lead. I enjoyed mad Alice and the committee of grotesques enormously.

The Birdwatcher said...

Thanks for the clip. Brilliant, a fine comedian up there with Hancock who also died before his time.

iLL Man said...

DM - You are absolutely correct. The ensemble cast is worthy of note, but it's all undone by the whooping and gurning of Dawn French.

BW - No problem. Hancock is on my list...........