As even my detractors here will admit, I have a velcro brain
by Ziks511 - 6/12/06 2:51 AM
In Reply to: Additions to add by taboma
that once things pass in through the ears under the right circumstances (not, Honey will you take out the garbage) stuff just sticks. I think it was some species of trivia discussion near the end of the 60's which was the original trivia age that revealed the Mary Tyler Moore secret which she later confirmed on a talk show I saw.
How about this one "You got shoes, I got shoes, Everybody's got to have shoes, but the bestest shoes in the whole wide world are good old Buster Brown Shoes." I won a University wide trivia contest and a bit of stereo equipment by remembering the Buster Brown shoe jingle. I may have messed it up since.
My mum was English and it's true that they have a substantially different sense of humor. We were lucky in that both families on both sides of the Atlantic were early adopters of technology, in this case the tape recorder. We had this huge piece of living room furniture with huge sattelite Macintosh Speakers and a Macintosh receiver and a Garrard turntable and an Ampex? tape recorderbuilt into a piece of furniture that occupied one side of the living room. The family in Britain sent tapes including radio programs (which years later I found improperly stored and virtually useless). I used to listen to the Goons and Around the Horne, and a personal favorite "My Word" which was about word origins and derivations, sometimes about meanings and always had a quotation that had to be identified. There were two teams comprising Denis Norden and Nancy Spain and Frank Muir and Dilys Powell. The women always knew the real names and derivations and identified the quotations, but the men made jokes, really cerebral difficult off the cuff jokes including how the quotation of the day came to be said. Funniest thing I ever heard in my life was towards the end of high school when I was just getting faintly interested in Philosophy and the question was "Who was Kleist" Well Kleist was a mid 19th Century German philosopher and also a World War 2 General. But before I could open my mouth to talk back to the tape recorder Frank Muir said "He was the Chinese Messiah". Well that ended any listening for about 15 minutes, we were all falling around the living room, repeating it to ourselves each time it went off anew in our heads.
PBS has been running so many good Britcoms that it's hard to choose. If you can get BBC on cable there's some very good newer programs there. I used to like something alternately called The Good Life, and Good Neighbours on PBS with Penelope Keith and a fabulous cast who have slipped my mind for a moment except for the chap who played the Minister and Prime Minister in Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.
There was also a program I used to get up here in Canada on the public network called Not the Nine O'Clock News which was paralysingly funny. Rowan Atkinson newly out of Cambridge, Mel Smith, Gryf Rhys Jones and Pamela Stephenson, they did a satirical news program that was wonderful. No one was immune, their primary african target was Robert Mugabe, but they took on the Royal Family and any other issue they could make something out of.
When we lived in Britain between 10 and 5 years ago there was a music program called Never Mind the Buzzcocks (a punk band 20 years previously), and another identify the headline program about news and current events that was hilarious.
Before there was Monty Python, he said dusting off his medals, there were two programs one on BBC 2 Radio called I'm Sorry I'll Read that Again with John Cleese and the cast of another funny but not transcendent TV show called The Goodies Bill Oddie, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graham Garden and David Hatch and Jo Kendall who later appeared in Monty Python. The TV show ostensibly for kids was called Do Not Adjust Your Set and besides Terry Jones and Michael Palin, and I think Graham Chapman had as the house band the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, with Neil Innes who later did much of the music and songs for Monty Python. I had gotten hooked on the Bonzo's while working in a record shop in Baltimore that ordered British imports of things you usually couldn't get in the US. They were a glorious three album band who had to continue for 5, they later spawned the Rutles in conjunction with members of Monty Python if you've ever seen the Rutles (takeoff on the Beatles) TV special All You Need is Cash which was produced by the Saturday Night Live crowd.
If I don't stop now I'll never stop. All the best Kev.
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