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British Things that Make Me Laugh
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"Many Brits think that Yanks don't understand their humor. Here are some things this Yank finds hilarious."
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"How to Murder a Rich Uncle" was a 1957 film starring and directed by Nigel Patrick. What American played the rich uncle to be disposed of by this financially struggling family?
In "Carry on Cleo" (1964), Jim Dale and Kenneth Connor played two ancient Brits trying to avoid capture by the Roman Legion. They invented a bicycle in order to ride ahead and warn the next village. What was wrong with the bike?
It had no seat and had to be pushed
It had square wheels
There were no roads upon which to ride it
The rider had not learned to ride it
"Carry on Venus" (1963) was released in Britain as "Carry on Jack". Venus was an 1805 British warship, doing battle with pirates and the Spanish Armada. (Yes, I know the date for the Armada is wrong, write the producers, not me) The ship was the charge of one Captain Fearless (Kenneth Williams). Who played his midshipman, Albert Poop-Decker?
An early Peter Sellers movie, "Two Way Stretch" caught my fancy, not for Sellers work, good as it was. No, this prison flick was my first exposure to Lionel Jeffries. In my opinion, he stole the film. What was the occupation of his character?
He was an inmate
Many Americans are fans of "Keeping Up Appearances". Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge), despite her many pretensions, was a funny, lovable person. Perhaps only because you knew her plans, whatever they may be, were going to lead to disaster. Her family were also basically easy to root for. My favorite might be Onslow, her ne'er do well brother-in-law. Onslow had a disabled auto in his front yard in which his dog resided. What kind of car was it?
("Keeping Up Appearances") (1990-1995). Hyacinth Bucket (It's Bouquet, not Bucket) was constantly over reaching in order to raise her own and husband Richard's social status. She was very proud her slim line phone with automatic redial and her set of Royal Doulton china with what design?
Hand painted periwinkles
"Are You Being Served?" ran from 1972 to 1985 and served up 69 wonderful episodes. It was supposedly a comment on the entire British social class system. The men's and women's wear departments of Grace Brothers department store were headed by Floorman Captain Peacock and what department manager?
Mr. Cuthbert Rumbold
Young Mr. Grace
"The Mouse that Roared", a 1959 movie based on a novel by Leonard Wibberly, starred Peter Sellers and Jean Seberg. In it, the Grand Duchy of Fenwick decided upon what drastic action to redress its' grievances with the United States?
It writes a scathing letter to the Times
It holds two American hostages
It declares war
Where would I have seen John Cleese officiating at the Ministry of Silly Walks?
Monty Python's Flying Circus
The Crazy Gang
The Goon Show
The lovely little town of Dibley lost their resident vicar, who lived to be 100 year of age. What was the objection expressed by the parish council to the vicar assigned to take his place?
He was 94 years old
She was a woman
She was an alcoholic
She was too young
Alfred Hawthorn Hill entered show business after service in the military during World War II. His television show ran in various incarnations from 1951 to 1991. He took the name "Benny". His shows usually ended with him being chased by an irate group of women, to the tune of what song?
Dance with Me Henry
"Benny Hill" had a wonderful cast of supporting players who were apt to stay with him season after season. Among them were Bob Todd, Henry McGee, and what very short, bald and long suffering companion in many of his skits?
Various episodes of "Absolutely Fabulous" were produced from 1991 to 2005 and again in 2011. From the fruitful minds of Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, it concerned two women friends who could never quite grow up and become responsible adults. What were their first names?
Flo and Betty
Edina and Patsy
Trinny and Susannah
Elizabeth and Diane
Rowan Atkinson was brilliant as a young man trying, not too successfully, to stay awake in church. He went by the unlikely name of Mr. Bean. Atkinson starred in at least two other very funny programs. Can you name them?
"Fawlty Towers" and "Number Please"
"The Thin Blue Line" and "One Foot in the Grave"
"Black Adder" and "The Thin Blue Line"
"To the Manor Born" and "Black Adder"
Basil Fawlty ran "Fawlty Towers" for the 1975 and 1979 seasons. He was vile tempered, snobbish and rude. Also very funny. John Cleese brought this character to life, and claimed that Basil was based on a true life hotelier he had met.
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