The Comic Strip Presents...

The Comic Strip Presents.... Copyright: Comic Strip Productions.

The Comic Strip Presents...

Periodic series of satires and spoofs that helped bring alternative comedy to the mainstream and forge a comedy reputation for then-new Channel 4

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george roper

  • Monday 5th August 2013, 1:05am [Edited]
  • in the back on stan butlers bus ., England
  • 4,037 posts

The Comic Strip is a group of British comedians, who came to prominence in the 1980s. They are known for their television series The Comic Strip Presents... which was labelled as an example of alternative comedy. The core members are Adrian Edmondson, Dawn French, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Peter Richardson, Jennifer Saunders and Alexei Sayle with frequent appearances by Keith Allen, Robbie Coltrane and others.


I loved these films. It's great to see Ade, Rik, Nigel in these. My favourite would be Four Men In A Plane and A Fistful Of Travellers' Cheques and Mr Jolly Lives Next Door.

Anyone else like this?

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AndyGilder

  • Monday 5th August 2013, 1:48am
  • Leeds, England
  • 579 posts

Really scattergun stuff. Some good, "The Strike", "The Bullshitters" (although technically not under the Comic Strip name) and "GLC" for example, but some absolute self indulgent balls along the way too.

Of the more recent stuff, liked "The Hunt For Tony Blair", but thought "Five Go To Rehab" reeked big time of desperation.

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BenS

  • Tuesday 27th August 2013, 5:26am
  • Canada
  • 122 posts

The only one I've seen is 'The Hunt for Tony Blair' not half bad, but the premise was promising to begin with.

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David Smith

  • Tuesday 27th August 2013, 3:11pm
  • Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 2,527 posts

Yep. I've seen all of them. Great stuff to watch.

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pio231

  • Monday 16th June 2014, 2:36pm
  • Scotland
  • 63 posts

I just watched Mr Jolly Lives Next Door, really funny. I like the scene where they at The Dorchester. Laughing out loud

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Mark Gibson

  • Saturday 21st June 2014, 1:27pm [Edited]
  • newc astle, England
  • 30 posts

Some of them were great, real cutting edge stuff and some were not even funny. For a comedy that's not good.

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DougWonnacott

  • Saturday 21st June 2014, 11:12pm [Edited]
  • Norwich, England
  • 1,059 posts

Love The Comic Strip. Off the top of my head, my favourites:
Mr Jolly
Dirty Movie
The Strike
GLC
Eddie Monsoon
Supergrass
Five go mad
South Atlantic Raiders
Four Men in a car/plane
Bullshitters
Detectives on the verge of a nervous breakdown
Gino
Gregory: Diary of a nutcase
and of course, Bad News

Sure there were a lot of duds, but every episode was an experiment. Some missed and some hit. All worth it for the brilliance in the episodes above.

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Tursiops

  • Sunday 22nd June 2014, 12:24am
  • Welwyn Garden City, England
  • 9,788 posts

Les Dogs was always was a particular favourite of mine, but Richardson and Richens were never less than interesting and often funny.

The French and Saunders contribution Slags sticks in my mind as possibly the least funny thing I have seen outside of famine footage.

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Chappers

  • Friday 22nd January 2016, 5:52pm
  • Surreyish., England
  • 30,782 posts

I just thought that overall they were smug and not really funny. Just exaggerating the things they were supposedly "spoofing".

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Woozie

  • Friday 22nd January 2016, 9:32pm
  • Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
  • 536 posts

It started off great. Excellent parody and satire and then it started to wane in the second half. I was pleased when it was over so I could go and do something else by the end.

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George Kaplan

  • Friday 22nd January 2016, 10:03pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 4,585 posts
Quote: Woozie @ 22nd January 2016, 9:32 PM GMT

I was pleased when it was over so I could go and do something else by the end.

Laughing out loud
Quote: Woozie @ 22nd January 2016, 9:32 PM GMT

It started off great. Excellent parody and satire and then it started to wane in the second half.

I didn't think it started all that well, but then it improved and settled down, without really taking off.

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Saturday 23rd January 2016, 11:20am [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,060 posts

:S I only thought there were about three made! If you count up all the above mentioned that must come to about 30! Films! That rivals the Carry On franchise - don't like that word.

How did they get funding if you say half of them were rubbish? Was it C4 who did them all the only ones I saw were. Certainly gave the writers and actors involved a living for a couple of decades. I shall have to Google to see if you're all pulling my plonker.

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Aaron

  • Saturday 23rd January 2016, 4:06pm
  • Royal Berkshire, England
  • 68,488 posts
Quote: Alfred J Kipper @ 23rd January 2016, 11:20 AM GMT :S

I only thought there were about three made! If you count up all the above mentioned that must come to about 30! Films! That rivals the Carry On franchise - don't like that word.

41. And a feature film. Channel 4, BBC Two and Gold.

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Definitely Tarby

  • Saturday 19th March 2016, 9:53pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 1,954 posts

I watched them all and remember seeing Supergrass in 85 when I was only 8. I had the biggest crush on Jennifer Saunders after that film :D

There were a lot of great episodes and other favourites are The Strike, Summerschool and the Bad News ones. The episode Red Nose Of Courage has some of the funniest scenes and storyline. Ade Edmonson is fantastic in that.

Some of the later episodes started to lose the Comic Strip vibe especially as the original guys started appearing less. Four Men In A Car was a perfect return for the series after a long break and I still laugh thinking about the music getting stuck on 'indestructable'. :D

The DVD boxset is a great buy and worth it for the extras alone becuase there is a few hours of interviews. Dawn French said it was the perfect life because they were being paid to do silly stuff with their mates all day. Getting funding is probably a lot more controlled these days even for broadcasters like Channel 4 but I bet back then they trusted the writers enough to give them a bag of cash and leave them to it.