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12 March 2010



>>Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a devotee of the Eurovision Song Contest

Between this, Glee, and your st.silas theatrical group you're not quite doing your best to defy the stereotype of a pisky priest!! ;-)


That's your stereotype, pal!

You up for joining our glee club, then?


Do you have to audition? I'm not sure that my physique is...best expressed...in leg warmers and leotards ;-)

Andrew T

Your mentioning of a glee club makes me chortle as it reminds me of a line uttered by the inimitable Fulton Mackay in the classic comedy "Porridge".

But as it's one of those you have to see it for yourself moments, I shall not attempt to re-create it here. Note to younger generation: have a look at real comedy such as that contained in "Porridge" that was subtle and clever and did not depend on swearing or toilet humour.

Sorry if I've gone a little off-topic here, GV.


Come now, Porridge , however funny it may be, is as broad as the Nile! Swearing hardly precludes 'clever' - just look at Stephen Fry. And Monty Python - to this day! - is as clever as it is anarchic. Comedy *dependent* on swearing might fall down, but some of our greatest comedians - such as Billy Connolly - are sweary, whereas the likes of "My Family" seem to have taken out the jokes with the curses. Not to mention that (the riotously funny) Ulysses is a bit sweary and is not generally accepted as the greatest novel of the 20th century (even by Simon Heffer) for too little. I was reading some Evelyn Waugh novels for class recently, and it was instructive to learn that the humour of novels like Decline and Fall - now synonymous with a particularly dark kind of upper class wit - were seen as shockingly immoral at the time. There's a lot of great classic british comedy, but there's an element of false nostalgia too. There was a lot of lead in the 'golden age'. A single episode of a sharp US show, like the peerless Seinfeld, often contained more jokes, invention and genuine ideas than an entire six-episode 'series' of a run-of-the-mill UK show. Aside from the fact that the likes of Are You Being Served? are pretty filthy, swearing or no! And that's without mentioning genuinely offensive shows like Love Thy Neighbour that serve solely to unintentionally show the merits of political correctness (which, for a comedy show, is quite a feat).


>Please BBC, let the people choose the song, and take the risk that we might get it wrong.

David.. have you already forgotten the horrors that can be unleashed when 'The People' choose a song to represent our isles in Eurovision....?




5m20s - 5m35s

Mackay: If you want to sing, I suggest you form a Slade Prison Glee Club.

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