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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”.

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: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)

British Culture Comedy: Freddie Starr.

The Great Freddie Starr

Freddie Starr funny interview on The Alan Titchmarsh Show – 2nd March 2009

Alan Titchmarsh started as a TV Gardener and people loved his charm.  Alan Titchmarsh’s Summer Garden | How to Feed Your Plants | Waitrose

Starr was born in Huyton, Liverpool, England.[2] Under his birth name, he appeared as a teenager in the film Violent Playground in 1958. In the early 1960s, Starr was the lead singer of the Merseybeat pop group The Midniters. The group was promoted by the manager of the Beatles, Brian Epstein, and was recorded on the Decca label by Joe Meek, the record producer of the single “Telstar”. During this period Starr performed in nightclubs in Hamburg and was an acquaintance of the Beatles.

Freddie Starr.

Freddie is a great singer but in his act he preferred to make us laugh but this time he let us hear him sing.
Starr gave an interview to the Herald Express, the local newspaper for Torbay in Devon which was published on 20 July 2007. In it he says that his father was violent and broke both his legs, a claim which does not appear in his 2001 autobiography Unwrapped. He says that he was taken away from home for two years at the age of six after his father beat him up. In Unwrapped, Starr gives speech problems as the reason he spent two years away from home as a child.
Published on Apr 17, 2016

The healing power of laughter

For people living with cancer, it may seem strange to find humor when facing such serious issues. Yet, laughter can be helpful in ways you might not have realized or imagined.

Laughter can help you feel better about yourself and the world around you. Laughter can be a natural diversion. When you laugh, no other thought comes to mind. Laughing can also induce physical changes in the body. After laughing for only a few minutes, you may feel better for hours.

When used in addition to conventional cancer treatments, laughter therapy may help in the overall healing process.

According to some studies, laughter therapy may provide physical benefits, such as helping to:

Boost the immune system and circulatory system
Enhance oxygen intake
Stimulate the heart and lungs
Relax muscles throughout the body
Trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s natural painkillers)
Ease digestion/soothes stomach aches
Relieve pain
Balance blood pressure
Improve mental functions (i.e., alertness, memory, creativity)
Laughter therapy may also help to:

Improve overall attitude
Reduce stress/tension
Promote relaxation
Improve sleep
Enhance quality of life
Strengthen social bonds and relationships
Produce a general sense of well-being.

“I Posted This Video To Thank You Freddie”
Your Videos Have Helped So Many, To Feel So Good!
Thanks Again! Tony.

British Culture: Dame Edna Ever Everage.

In 1959 Humphries moved to London, where he lived and worked throughout the 1960s. He became a friend of leading members of the British comedy scene including Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, Spike Milligan, Willie Rushton and fellow Australian expatriate comedian-actors John Bluthal and Dick Bentley. Humphries performed at Cook’s comedy venue The Establishment, where he became a friend of and was photographed by leading photographer Lewis Morley, whose studio was located above the club. Humphries has been married four times. His first marriage, to Brenda Wright, took place when he was 21 and lasted less than two years. He has two daughters, Tessa and Emily, and two sons, Oscar and Rupert, from his second and third marriages, to Rosalind Tong and Diane Millstead respectively. His elder son Oscar is editor of the art magazine Apollo and a contributing editor at The Spectator.[29] His fourth wife (from 1990), Lizzie Spender, is the daughter of British poet Sir Stephen Spender. They live in a terraced town house in West Hampstead, his home for forty years.

Edna’s Neighborhood Watch.

Sir Les Patterson is a boozy Australian cultural attache; dishevelled, uncouth, lecherous and coarse. He alternates with Edna and Sandy Stone in Humphries’ stage shows and typically features in pre-recorded segments in Dame Edna’s TV shows. He is the polar opposite of Dame Edna, as a Roman Catholic from Sydney not a Protestant from Melbourne.

Sir Les Patterson

Sandy Stone is an elderly Australian man, either single or married with a daughter who died as a child. Humphries is still writing monologues for him, and said in 2016 that slowly the character has deepened, so I begin to understand and appreciate him, and finally feel myself turning into him. He no longer requires makeup for the part, and plays Sandy in his own dressing gown.

Sandy Stone

 

British Culture Comedy: Morecambe and Wise comedy duo.

In the UK we do have a few comedy duo’s since moving over the pond it seems they are not as many although I do know of Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello.

A lot of the comedy was done there and then first hand.

Morecambe and Wise – Banana Boat Song Sketches

FULL VERSION! Elton on The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Special 1977

The Beatles at the Morecambe & Wise Show – 02/12/63