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Heroes of Comedy: Barry Humphries (Uncut Version)

John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934) is an Australian comedian, actor, satirist, artist, and author. He is best known for writing and playing his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. He is also a film producer and script writer, a star of London’s West End musical theatre, an award-winning writer, and an accomplished landscape painter. For his delivery of dadaist and absurdist humour to millions, biographer Anne Pender described Humphries in 2010 as not only “the most significant theatrical figure of our time … [but] the most significant comedian to emerge since Charlie Chaplin”.

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British Culture: My Hero Of Comedy – Colin Crompton – The Comedians

MANCHESTER COMEDIANS.

George Colin Crompton (22 June 1931 – 24 August 1985) was an English stand-up comedian.

Crompton was born in Manchester, Lancashire, and found fame on the Granada Television programme The Comedians in the early 1970s. In later life Crompton bought and ran a pub called the Birch and Bottle in Whitley, Cheshire. He died of lung cancer at the age of 54. He was survived by his three children, Cheryl, Erica and John.

British Culture: Comedian Ken Goodwin.

Laughter a way to feel better.

Ken Goodwin – Another Good Time

Ken Goodwin (7 April 1933 – 18 February 2012) was an English comedian, singer and musician best known for his performances on the ITV Televisions show The Comedians.

He was born William Kenneth Unwin in Manchester, Lancashire. His father was a stoker. While he was still a child, his mother walked out on the family – an experience he blamed for his insecurity and shyness. His father died from cancer when Unwin was 15.

Ken married his first wife, Pat Earith in 1956 she fell ill in 1974 Ken abandoned his career to care for her until her death in 1977 they were married for 21 years. His second marriage was to singer and dancer Vicki Lane until his death in 2012.

He died on 18 February 2012 of Alzheimer’s disease in a home in Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales having lived in nearby Llandudno since his retirement

There are comedians who lift our spirits and make us feel good inside they are called comedians then there are those who make a living calling themselves comedians who like to shock us and make fun of people who cannot defend themselves; some people must find it funny as Louie C.K., Sarah Silverman and even Rick Gervais his enjoyment is making fun of fat people now he has lost all his weight and keeps his good side open for the love of animals the furry kind.

Louis CK Dead Bodies & Perversion

 

I just do not get it the holocaust dead babies and poor people are the pinnacle of their comedy. It takes a good education a good insight and the realization that making people happy is a good quest in life as for those who did not have those advantages they get laughs anyway they can by shocking and their thrill comes from the bully mentality that hits the audience.

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Sarah Silverman and her racist jokes

Nothing will change of course that is the way of the world but that does not mean I can’t talk about it.

British Culture:Fry And Laurie Reunited

Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months in prison for credit card fraud, Fry secured a place at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he studied English literature. While at university, he became involved with the Cambridge Footlights, where he met his long-time collaborator Hugh Laurie. As half of the comic double act Fry and Laurie, he co-wrote and co-starred in A Bit of Fry & Laurie and also took the role of Jeeves (with Laurie playing Wooster) in Jeeves and Wooster.Fry married comedian Elliott Spencer in January 2015. Fry is on cordial terms with Prince Charles, through his work with the Prince’s Trust. He attended the Prince’s wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005. Fry is a friend of comedian and actor (and Blackadder co-star) Rowan Atkinson and was best man at Atkinson’s wedding to Sunetra Sastry at the Russian Tea Room in New York City. Fry was a friend of British actor John Mills. His best friend is Hugh Laurie, whom he met while both were at Cambridge and with whom he has collaborated many times over the years. He was best man at Laurie’s wedding and is godfather to all three of his children

James Hugh Calum Laurie OBE ; born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, writer, director, musician, singer and comedian. He first became known as one-half of the Fry and Laurie double act with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Blackadder, and Jeeves and Wooster in the 1980s and 1990s.

From 2004 to 2012, he played Dr. Gregory House, the title character of House, for which he received two Golden Globe Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Laurie was listed in the 2011 Guinness World Records as the most watched leading man on television and was one of the highest-paid actors in a television drama, earning £250,000 ($409,000) per episode in House. Laurie has portrayed Senator Tom James in the HBO political satire Veep since 2015. In 2016 Laurie appeared in the BBC / AMC miniseries The Night Manager, and received the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, his third overall.Laurie married theater administrator Jo Green on 16 June 1989, in Camden, London. They lived in , North London,with sons Charles (b. 1988) and William (b. 1991), and daughter Rebecca (b. 1992). In July 2008, Laurie bought a mansion in Hollywood, as they had planned to move the whole family to Los Angeles, because of the strain of being mostly separated for nine months each year, but ultimately decided against it. When he bought the mansion, he claimed he was in “virtual isolation” from his family.

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British Culture:University Challenge Bamber Gasgoine

Arthur Bamber Gascoigne FRSL (born 24 January 1935) is a British television presenter and author, best known for being the original quiz master on University Challenge.

University Challenge – Pro-Celebrity Edition 1992 with graduate on it Stephen Fry from Cambridge University.

Bamber Gascoigne came to national fame as the original presenter (from 1962) of the popular television quiz show University Challenge, based on the US series College Bowl. He held the position for 25 years, until the end of the initial run in 1987. Although he has written several books, mostly works of history, and presented other television programs, his name is permanently connected with University Challenge for many viewers. His questioning manner was firm yet polite. Phrases he often used which became catchphrases include: “Your starter for ten”, “fingers on the buzzers”, and “I’ll have to hurry you”.

When we watched the TV  as a family and were able to answer just one question it was fun as most of the questions went over our heads. Universities throughout the country were chosen and each week the University that won moved on to the next show.

 University Challenge The Professionals Ministry of Justice – Comedians

British Culture:Variety Shows and laughs.

We like people just the way they are when it comes to entertainment. The faces are unchanged and so are their bodies, there is rarely Ken or Barbie we loved the Roly Poly’s dancers on the Les Dawson Show they were so much fun and because they danced a lot they began to lose weight so that became a problem. Being eccentric is just a part of life in Britain. Even New’s Casters on TV have their own character. Once they all spoke in a real posh voice that soon changed and all the accents from around Britain began to be heard.

People are allowed to be themselves the culture is so different to the USA I really missed the difference like the Good Old Days Show Les Dawson – The Good Old Days (1983)  here are a few fun comedians Larry Grayson in The Good old Days 1976.

The Good Old Days is a BBC television light entertainment program produced by Barney Colehan which ran from 1953 to 1983.It was performed at the Leeds City Varieties and recreated an authentic atmosphere of the Victorian–Edwardian music hall with songs and sketches of the era performed by present-day performers in the style of the original artistes.  Hilda Baker in “The Good Old Days”18/3/1976   Good Old Days Show   Hinge & Bracket on “The Good Old Days” (First Appearance)

The audience dressed in period costume and joined in the singing, especially “Down at the Old Bull and Bush” which closed the show. The show was compered by Leonard Sachs, who introduced the acts with great hyperbolic aplomb from a desk situated at the side of the stage. In the course of its run it featured about 2,000 performers.

Eartha Kitt The Good Old Days 16th April 1972  Each show was up to an hour long. All acts were in the style of late Victorian/Edwardian stage acts.

The Wurzels are a Scrumpy and Western band from North Somerset, England, best known for their number one hit The Combine Harvester and number three hit I Am A Cider Drinker in 1976.

The Wurzels ORIGINAL PROMO FILM “Combine Harvester” No1 June 12th 1976

The Chase – Uncontrollable Laughter Bradley Walsh laughs so how about you try not to laugh? Remember him in Coronation Street and Law and Order UK.

Bob Dylan / Palladium / Londres avril 2017

Tonight at the London Palladium is a British television variety show that is hosted from the London Palladium theatre in London’s West End. Originally produced by ATV for the ITV network from 1955 to 1969, it went by its original name Sunday Night at the London Palladium from 25 September 1955 to 1965 until the name was changed to The London Palladium Show from 1966 to 2 February 1969.

It underwent three revivals, first from 28 October 1973 to 28 October 1974 where it retained its Sunday Night at the London Palladium title, second in 2000 under the title Tonight at the London Palladium, and third from 2014 until 2015 under the title Sunday Night at the Palladium, dropping London.

From 2016, the show is called Tonight at the London Palladium and is presented by Bradley Walsh.

Laughs From The Palladium – 1987 Tonight at the London Palladium  Sunday Night At The London Palladium (April 1960)