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How Quick is Your Sense of Humour?


fourm member

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When I went out this morning a new comedy started on Radio 4. After about a minute, I decided it wasn't my sort of comedy and changed station.

It made me wonder about how people evaluate new comedy (and then I realised that includes an assumption).

So, the first question is, are you receptive to new comedy programmes or do you look for comedians you know you enjoy and only try a new programme if one of them is involved?

And, second, if you are willing to give unknown comedy a try, how long does it take for you to decide if it suits? Are you willing to sit through a full programme to see if it comes right?

For example, at 9pm tonight, is it Dave Allan on BBC2 or the new sitcoms on ITV?

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mart7

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I find very little comedy nowadays is actually funny! i can still sit and laugh at only fools and horses,Mr bean,bottom,Tommy cooper etc probably 2 "recent shows i laughed at and watched all of the episodes were "2pints of lager" and "benidorm"

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Bing.alau

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If you can remember that trailers only show the best parts, then you can just watch them and don't bother tuning in for the rest.

"Round The Horne" jb.? I didn't think you were old enough to remember that program. They don't make 'em like that any more do they? "Right hand down a bit".... Takes me back to Stonehouse Barracks just before I went to join my first unit back in early 48.

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fourm member

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Batch has got to the core of what I was thinking. I tend to blame myself for not finding a new comedy funny because, as Batch said, enough people must have thought it was for it to be broadcast.

I see 'Radio Times' is calling 'Viscous' the 'Comedy of the Week' but, to me, it just sounds like 'Terry & June' for the 21st century.

The tradition of 'Round the Horne' is still to be found. Richard Herring's weekly column for the 'Metro' often contains smutty euphemisms far worse than some of the words that get edited out.

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Quickbeam

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"'Terry & June' for the 21st century."

In that case, I won't be giving it a try at all!

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john bunyan

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Bing.alau

"Round The Horne" jb.? I didn't think you were old enough to remember that program. They don't make 'em like that any more do they? "Right hand down a bit"..

Round the Horne was 1965 - 99. I think "Right hand down a bit".. Was the "Navy Lark" - 1959 - 1976!!! even remember ITMA.....

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Bing.alau

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jb. What's my memory like? I'm sure I can remember that program from the early fifties. It probably was "The Navy Lark" as you say. I know your memory is much better than mine, but could it have been repeated in the sixties (59-76)??? I will have to satisfy my curiosity now and look it up on Wickie.

Well just looked and obviously I am miles out of kilter. I couldn't even get the phrase right, it should have been "Left Hand Down a bit". First episode in 1959 as you said. Ah well! I can't be right all the time can I?

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Nontek

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Scroll down for Full List

How many do you remember?

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john bunyan

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Nontek

That's torn it. This thread could be a record if we go through all of those...

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Bing.alau

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I've just given up when I realised I was only half way through the "A's"...

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Aitchbee

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If Glesga' 'wide-boys' 'Francie & Josie' are not on Nontek's link, then ... 'the gemme-za-bogey'.

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