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wut

« on: May 14, 2012, 15:27 »
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I'm a huge Top Gear fan, but since the new season is postponed because of X-factor or as Jeremy Clarkson put it:"Would love to be back in the Autumn but Sunday nights then will be full of fat people singing", I found a great new series to watch. And idiot abroad. Full of typical English humor, which I absolutely love, that's also the main reason I'm a fan of Top Gear. Sure the production is top drawer, the presenters as well, especially Jeremy, but that intelligent, poky humour is the main reason. And because they're a bit mad. And so is Karl Pilkington, the presenter of An idiot abroad. Melancholic, whiny bloke with great sense of humour. Take a look at this clip:

An Idiot Abroad - Karl Eats Cock and Bullocks


He was summing the day up after that, saying something like: I'd rather eat some more cock and bollocks than go back to that museum (he ran out on his tourist guide from a museum). He got me really laughing hard on many occasions. Just the best type of humour there is.

Are there any other shows of this sort out there? It doesn't really matter what they're about as long as their full of that kind of humour.
« Last Edit: May 14, 2012, 15:29 by wut »


« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2012, 18:19 »
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The Ricky Gervais Show includes all three characters of "An Idiot Abroad" but is done as a cartoon and just the voices.

I couldn't really get into it, initially but then took as shine to "An Idiot Abroad". So maybe I'm "ready" now...?

My favorites from over there are:

IDEAL
Fawlty Towers
Father Ted
IT Crowd
Little Britain
Black Books
Extras (Ricky Gervais again...)
Peep Show
The Mighty Boosh
Mitchell and Webb Look
Keeping up Appearances
Benidorm
Green Wing
Mrs. Browns Boys
Pete vs. Life
The Great Outdoors
etc...

« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2012, 18:30 »
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James is the man

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wut

« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2012, 18:31 »
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The Ricky Gervais Show includes all three characters of "An Idiot Abroad" but is done as a cartoon and just the voices.

I couldn't really get into it, initially but then took as shine to "An Idiot Abroad". So maybe I'm "ready" now...?

My favorites from over there are:

IDEAL
Fawlty Towers
Father Ted
IT Crowd
Little Britain
Black Books
Extras (Ricky Gervais again...)
Peep Show
The Mighty Boosh
Mitchell and Webb Look
Keeping up Appearances
Benidorm
Green Wing
Mrs. Browns Boys
Pete vs. Life
The Great Outdoors
etc...

I love Peep show and that Mitchell and Webb look, they're hilarious, I almost pissed my pants a few times ;D . Black books and IT crowd are also very good, especially the former. I liked Little Britain, but they really tend to repeat themselves to much. I didn't like Fawlty towers, since it's way too old, and I don't like Monty python type of humor, it's just stupid and not funny at all (It may not be that kind of humor, I might have mistaken it because of John Cleese) and Mighty Bush didn't really cut it for me either. I haven't watched the rest. Based on what I've told you, which ones would you recommend to me?

« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2012, 18:46 »
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Based on what I've told you, which ones would you recommend to me?
Tough to say, each show is different and it depends on what humor you can take.

The show "Ideal" (which got cancelled unfortunately) is really far out. Lots of dark, twisted humor.

Fawlty Towers, Father Ted, Keeping up Appearances, Mrs. Browns Boys are more old school, traditional family entertainment.

Just have a peak on youtube and see if it rubs you the right way.

Some shows require a couple of episodes to get comfortable.

wut

« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2012, 19:38 »
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Based on what I've told you, which ones would you recommend to me?
Tough to say, each show is different and it depends on what humor you can take.

The show "Ideal" (which got cancelled unfortunately) is really far out. Lots of dark, twisted humor.

Fawlty Towers, Father Ted, Keeping up Appearances, Mrs. Browns Boys are more old school, traditional family entertainment.

Just have a peak on youtube and see if it rubs you the right way.

Some shows require a couple of episodes to get comfortable.

I can take anything, really ;) . I've bolded out the part I like. I'll check it on yt, tnx for your recommendations

« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2012, 22:05 »
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All the Blackadder series, especially the second one. Jeeves and Wooster. My Hero (but not the last series).

« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2012, 02:45 »
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is really far out. Lots of dark, twisted humor.
Try "Bottom".  It's a bit hit and miss but some of the episodes are classic British dark demented humour.

wut

« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2012, 03:48 »
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I did try watching Bottom, but I've stopped after the first ep. I can't remember why, since I didn't keep on watching most British tv shows (which is normal, yet there's still more good shows coming from the UK than anywhere else, when it comes to comedy of course), it could have just been as you said, hit and miss, I guess the 1st ep was a miss, at least for me. I'll give it another try, when I run out of an idiot abroad.

rubyroo

« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2012, 04:16 »
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I'd have thought 'Bottom' would be right up your alley, Wut.   Not my cup of  tea, but given some of the things you like, I'd have thought that one would appeal to you. 

Before 'Bottom' Ade Edmonson and Rick Mayall were in 'The Young Ones', which was pretty funny.  You could look that up.  It's hard to say how well these things hold up to a new audience in these times.  As with Fawlty Towers, some shows may appeal more to those of us who saw them originally during the era they were created... who remember those times and still have a soft spot for them.

From click_click's list, I'm a fan of Father Ted, The IT Crowd and I heartily recommend Black Books.  Dylan Moran's just great.  One of those people I wish I knew in person. :)

« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2012, 04:45 »
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Try "Lead Balloon" and "Not Going Out"

« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2012, 04:59 »
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Don't forget Catherine Tate :)

« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2012, 10:20 »
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Thought of another good one, How Not to Live Your Life.

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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2012, 10:32 »
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From "Bottom" to the movie "Guesthouse Paradiso"  ;D

« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2012, 11:07 »
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I really liked the TV series of Bottom, but I got the live version, and it didn't do it for me at all. Different somehow. I'd agree about "Hotel Paradiso" Top notch silliness! :)
More stuff that is worth a look IMO is :

Being Human (Dark, comedy horror drama)
Him And Her
Early Doors
Garth Merenghi's Dark Place (I think I spelled that right)
Saxondale
The League Of Gentlemen

I'd watch any of them any time.
 

« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2012, 11:11 »
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'Green Wing' is just genious!  ;D
I also loved Little Britain, and nobody mentioned Absolutely Fabulous yet!

lisafx

« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2012, 11:33 »
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Two of my favorites are Dr. Who (my daughter got me into it, and now I'm addicted!), and Graham Norton.  In fact, I think Graham Norton is the cleverest talk show host on the planet.  Really knows how to disarm his guests and get them relaxed, plus he's very quick witted.

Also:
Life on Mars
MI-5
Sherlock Holmes (the modern one with Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch)

I also like all those mushy period drama mini-series.  Anything by Dickens or Austen. 

rubyroo

« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2012, 11:49 »
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Oh yes!  Life on Mars was a brilliant drama.  Excellent choice :)

« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2012, 11:56 »
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Silk is a very good legal drama, second series starts tonight in the UK.

velocicarpo

« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2012, 19:32 »
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Try "Misfits" ... one of my favorites :D

« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2012, 21:53 »
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Sherlock.

Need I say more?

« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2012, 06:55 »
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A couple that haven't already been mention. 'Allo 'Allo and Red Dwarf.  :D

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hfHyDSTX50[/youtube]

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« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2012, 10:45 »
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The classic Poldark! (And of course The Avengers, the Jeremy Brett Holmes, The Prisoner...)


 

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