Top 5 sketches 'of all time'?

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Nogget

  • Sunday 6th October 2013, 7:04am
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Which are your favourite 5 sketches?

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Ben

  • Sunday 6th October 2013, 1:12pm
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These are five of my favourite sketches:

The Fast Show - Johnny Nice Painter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wj84tfS7ag4

Jam - Mr Lizard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrANdklh5vw

Hale and Pace - Man Who Can't Take Anything Seriously http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJZ8NEEw5Jo

Monty Python - Upperclass Twit of the Year http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSqkdcT25ss

Fry and Laurie - A Word, Timothy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U7GKdbiA2c

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Sunday 6th October 2013, 1:56pm
  • Aldershot, England
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Good question, Nogget. Can't do the clever linkage stuff, :O I'm afraid!!! But, hmm, always liked the little throwaway sketch in Python where Palin happily cycles along like a 70s cycling nerd then his brakes go, speeding him down a hill through a hedge. His face! Laughing out loud

Have to bung the Mel Smith delivered 'No, it's for my armpits.' NTNON one in.

Pete n Dud's 'bleedin' Greta Garbo' one with Dud p*ssing himself laughing.

Two Ronnies doing their song and dance routine as...Status Quo!

And any of a hundred or so Benny Hill classics but I'll chose him as Nana Miskouri signing her entry in the Eurovision song contest hosted by him as Moira Anderson who trips over the microphone lead and loses her teeth. Laughing out loud Pure comedy genius. Laughing out loud all day long.

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lofthouse

  • Sunday 6th October 2013, 9:05pm
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Quote: Ben @ October 6 2013, 1:12 PM BST

Fry and Laurie - A Word, Timothy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U7GKdbiA2c


A truly brilliant 'bit' of Fry & Laurie

I can't really think of my top 5 but I wouldn't be surprised if all five came from ABOFAL

I think the Major Donaldson sketch is my favourite sketch of all time

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fustidious

  • Monday 7th October 2013, 4:22am [Edited]
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Possibly

Morecambe and Wise - Breakfast
Fast Show - Jesse's Diets Bourbon Biscuits
Two Ronnies - Four Candles
Hale and Pace - Northern Calypso
Catherine Tate - Shitake Mushrooms

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A Horseradish

  • Monday 7th October 2013, 8:56pm [Edited]
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It's easier to pick out programmes/acts rather than specific sketches.

Yes, Morecambe and Wise. Not sure if their moments with Shirley Bassey or Glenda Jackson count as sketches? If not, agree on Breakfast above. Les Dawson - the piano playing ones first but they are not sketches. So maybe Cissie and Ada with Roy Barraclough - probably something like The Art Gallery.

Marty Feldman - Book Shop, Monster/Vets, Bishop - all brilliant but I'd just go for Train Passenger with John Cleese. Harry Worth is another contender but am not sure what to choose. Ditto the great Dave Allen.

So instead Harry and Paul. I love most of theirs - the Polish Shop Girls etc - but choose Football Manager. And 2012 - The Coach Journey is good but for a succinct example The Olympics Clock. It's very well done.

Final List

Feldman and Cleese - Train Passenger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CIACqpidRM

Morecambe and Wise - Breakfast
Cissie and Ada - The Art Gallery
Harry and Paul - Football Manager
2012 - The Olympics Clock

(Don't know the actual titles given so have guessed them)

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Ben

  • Monday 7th October 2013, 9:55pm [Edited]
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I liked Harry and Paul's Football Manager too. A man in my office at the time described it as "very clever". He knew about these things too as he once threatened a gypsy.

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A Horseradish

  • Monday 7th October 2013, 10:06pm [Edited]
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Quote: Ben @ October 7 2013, 9:55 PM BST

I liked Harry and Paul's Football Manager too. A man in my office at the time described it as "very clever". He knew about these things too as he once threatened a gypsy.

:)

I knew people who used to close down gypsy encampments. Government at a regional level. Each one came back shaking from the dog and flint experience and immediately passed the task on to the next grade down.

Ultimately they sent a middle aged junior in a wheelchair on the grounds that the gypsies would be kinder to him and succumb. It worked but the irony revealed a considerable amount about comparative attitudes.

I like gypsies. On one occasion, I chose to attend a talk by gypsy broadcaster Jake Bowers about their language and culture. He was great - a real natural - but his popular radio programme was axed - obviously.

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Tuesday 8th October 2013, 8:12am [Edited]
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Quote: Horseradish @ October 7 2013, 8:56 PM BST

Morecambe and Wise - Breakfast


Quote: fustidious @ October 7 2013, 4:22 AM BST

Morecambe and Wise - Breakfast


Yes, their famous remake of the sketch was excellent, very polished. (Not actually theirs, but great version nonetheless.)

Quote: Horseradish @ October 7 2013, 8:56 PM BST

Ditto the great Dave Allen.

Harry and Paul. I love most of theirs - the Polish Shop Girls etc -


The Dave Allen chair that does everything one would be in my top 10, the Polish Shop Girls too is my favourite H&P one.

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A Horseradish

  • Tuesday 8th October 2013, 9:08am [Edited]
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Thanks Alfred. Interesting comments.

I've just realised that the Twenty Twelve one is not a sketch exactly.

So I will replace it with Dave Allen - The Funeral.

Again, as you'll know, not quite the usual format although closer to it. It's effectively silent film - with silent film music - preceded by dialogue that is effectively standup - albeit with him characteristically seated!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt7h3CghJEg

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steve by any other name

  • Tuesday 8th October 2013, 4:07pm
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Gerald the Gorilla from Not The Nine O'Clock News has always been one of my top 5.

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Magnus D

  • Wednesday 9th October 2013, 9:48pm
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Here's my Top 5 (in no particular order)-

Mr Show- The Story of Everest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyrM7GxyzGg

Fry and Laurie- Soup http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5hALDdieTE

Monty Python- Job Interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP0sqRMzkwo

Reeves and Mortimer- Stars in Your Eyes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xcXuZvvfRE

Benny Hill- Fun in the Kitchen http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8z94e_benny-hill-fun-in-the-kitchen-hq-or_shortfilms

In all honesty I could list hundreds, these are just off the top of my head.

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Steve Sunshine

  • Thursday 10th October 2013, 11:54am
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Quote: steve by any other name @ October 8 2013, 4:07 PM BST

Gerald the Gorilla from Not The Nine O'Clock News has always been one of my top 5.


Yeah that one.

Nudge Nudge - Monty Python.

Lengths Pete n' Dud.

And two others I'll edit in later if I think of any