Ben Elton 2019 Tour

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Sitcomfan64

  • Thursday 6th December 2018, 11:55am [Edited]
  • England
  • 373 posts

Here we are then. His first tour in fifteen years, fifty three dates. I'll be going, despite his somewhat uneven (to put it mildly) sitcom output in recent times, he is one of the pioneers of the alternative comedy boom and if nothing else should be interesting to see what he has to say about wherever the hell we are by November! https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/12/06/41859/ben_elton_announces_his_first_tour_in_15_years

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Rood Eye

  • Thursday 6th December 2018, 1:33pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 823 posts

That sketch was very funny indeed when first broadcast in 1994.

It's still funny today but its funniness is overshadowed by the realisation that it was, in fact, a chillingly accurate portrayal of Britain in the 21st-century.

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Kenneth

  • Thursday 6th December 2018, 3:48pm
  • Australia
  • 5,107 posts

That little half-goosestep, half-silly walk swivel he does as passing Rachel Garley on the park bench is the highlight. Along with his muttering voiceover. "No thanks to the Tories!"

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Thursday 6th December 2018, 7:48pm
  • Aldershot, England
  • 5,542 posts

A very funny self parody laden with a dollop of contrition just a few years after he ended Hill's career by claiming his material was dangerously sexist to women. About ten years later he made a TV show praising the artistry of Benny Hill and I couldn't work out which of the following it most was - sincerely apologetic/ridden with guilt/hypocritical in the extreme.

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Rood Eye

  • Thursday 6th December 2018, 8:26pm
  • England
  • 823 posts
Quote: Alfred J Kipper @ 6th December 2018, 7:48 PM

I couldn't work out which of the following it most was - sincerely apologetic/ridden with guilt/hypocritical in the extreme.

I'm going for "hypocritical in the extreme".

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Sitcomfan64

  • Thursday 6th December 2018, 8:44pm
  • England
  • 373 posts
Quote: Rood Eye @ 6th December 2018, 8:26 PM

I'm going for "hypocritical in the extreme".

I agree with a lot of the sentiments. Stewart Lee put it best https://youtu.be/58ZIdyd3rjg

But despite that, I still want to see him. The man was responsible for co writing The Young Ones and Blackadder.

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beaky

  • Thursday 6th December 2018, 8:52pm
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,360 posts

I still love him. our best sitcom writer.

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Friday 7th December 2018, 12:22pm
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 3,791 posts

I know I've written this before, but for me, the beginning of the end was The Man From Auntie - tellingly, just AFTER the 80s. Fine by most people's standards, but it lacked the energy and bite that made his early stand-up so thrilling. Compare the 'Motormouth' audio to s1 ep2 and you'll get it immediately.
The Young Ones remains my favourite show ever, and Happy Families is another must-see, but I ain't buying every McCartney solo LP on the basis of 'The White Album'.

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Michael Monkhouse

  • Saturday 8th December 2018, 1:58pm [Edited]
  • Eternal City, Italy
  • 3,791 posts

Elton was once described as one of our 'most popular and controversial' comics (contradiction or paradox?). Unfortunately, this is only half-true, like saying, 'One Direction are shit-hot.' There was nothing edgy about his act: knob gags, 'Fartie's Guides' to the banality of existence, and on the rare occasion he did tackle a bigge, it was so twee and nice-little me: Sexisms is BAD! Unemployfulness is BAD TOO! The environment is IMPORTANTING! He never had the insight of Sayle, the awareness of Hicks, or even the abrasiveness of Dice Clay. And this is an observation, not a criticism.
'Good evening ladies and gennelmen, my name's Ben Elton and tonight I'm gonna go for some seriously controversial and provocative and dangerous comedy so if you're easily offended leave the room 'cos I'm not afraid to be daring and cutting-edge and contentious so here goes... KNOB! WILLY! FART!.... Well I understand some people may be offended by that routine. But gotta respect women and look after the environment and unwedge my tongue from Andrew Lloyd Webber's anus. My name's Ben Elton, good night!'