Performers who don't write their shows

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Matt79

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:11pm
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When I first saw Armstong and Miller I was surprised to see that they don't write their sketches. This seems quite rare nowadays. I wonder if this is becuase Armstrong and Miller are actors/performers rather than comedians, in a similar way to the cast of Not The Nine O'Clock News and Naked Video?

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Matthew Stott

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:17pm
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I think Armstrong And Miller did write for the sketch show they had on Channel 4 many years ago. Might be wrong though.

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AngieBaby

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:19pm
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I thought A&M wrote a lot of their sketches?

Anyhow, I often wonder what Peep Show would be like if they cast comic actors. A lot of people think M&W wrote it so it really elevates their comedy credits. Then again I can't think of a worthy replacement.

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Badge

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:20pm
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A&M do write stuff for their show. I can't think offhand of anyone writing ALL the material for their own show, except maybe Victoria Wood.

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Matthew Stott

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:26pm [Edited]
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Quote: Badge @ February 24 2011, 10:20 PM GMT

A&M do write stuff for their show. I can't think offhand of anyone writing ALL the material for their own show, except maybe Victoria Wood.

Fry and Laurie, Vic and Bob.

Quote: AngieBaby @ February 24 2011, 10:19 PM GMT

Then again I can't think of a worthy replacement.

Ant and Dec??

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Badge

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:29pm
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Quote: Matthew Stott @ February 24 2011, 10:26 PM GMT

Fry and Laurie, Vic and Bob.

Fair enough. Probably the rarity rather than the norm, though.

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Matthew Stott

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:30pm
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Quote: Badge @ February 24 2011, 10:29 PM GMT

Fair enough. Probably the rarity rather than the norm, though.

Yeah, I think most will have at least a few additional writers.

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AngieBaby

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:31pm
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Quote: Matthew Stott @ February 24 2011, 10:26 PM GMT

Ant and Dec??

In Peep Show? Are you high?

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Matthew Stott

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:31pm
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Quote: AngieBaby @ February 24 2011, 10:31 PM GMT

In Peep Show? Are you high?

(Was joking!)

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AngieBaby

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:40pm
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Sorry, missed the double question marks, although my post had two too.

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Steve Sunshine

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 10:59pm
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Python wrote all their stuff.
Milligan probably did, and there must be loads more
But I'm guessing that most sketch type shows rely on other writers.

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Tursiops

  • Thursday 24th February 2011, 11:44pm
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Quote: Steve Sunshine @ February 24 2011, 10:59 PM GMT


Milligan probably did

Think Neil Shand co-wrote the Q series.

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Steve Sunshine

  • Friday 25th February 2011, 12:07am
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Quote: Timbo @ February 24 2011, 11:44 PM GMT

Think Neil Shand co-wrote the Q series.

Glad I put the probably in
:D

At least he wrote a lot of it.
That's why I have a lot of respect for the likes of Armstrong & Miller or Mitchell & Webb as they do at least write some of the stuff even if it is stuff like Hennimore (which I actually quite liked)

It's like appreciating Singer songwriters a bit more than those who just sing other peoples songs.
Elvis apart (sorry King)
As for that Elton John! How hard is it to write a few lyrics you lazy tosser.

I've digressed slightly.

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Lee

  • Friday 25th February 2011, 2:51am [Edited]
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Quote: Matthew Stott @ February 24 2011, 10:26 PM GMT


Ant and Dec??

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Nogget

  • Friday 25th February 2011, 6:22am
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Quote: Steve Sunshine @ February 25 2011, 12:07 AM GMT

It's like appreciating Singer songwriters a bit more than those who just sing other peoples songs.

Yet do we care that Larry didn't write Hamlet?

Personally, I don't find singer-songwriters any more appealing. A really great cover version can have a lot more originality than the sort of derivative stuff I hear too often.