Articles Tagged 'British Comedy'

Steptoe and Son

6 American Sitcoms Based on British Originals

Back in November, the Anglophenia video channel pulled together a comprehensive list of all of the American TV shows that were given a dusting down and a glittering up for an American audience. Some were huge hit shows on both sides of the Atlantic, but featured a cast list that would’ve been unrecognizable to fans […]

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Relax, It’s Just a Joke: When British Comedy Met Real-Life

Hello, are you having a nice day? Feeling happy with your lot, and looking forward to a week of excitment and general happiness? Well, if so and you wish to continue in this carefree vein, you may wish to skip one or two (or all) of these clips, because these are the British comedy shows […]

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RIP Rik Mayall: His Greatest Roles

The comedian and actor Rik Mayall has died, aged 56. His manager confirmed the news earlier today, telling BBC News: “We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Rik Mayall, who passed away this morning.” No single figure better personified the explosive arrival of alternative comedy in the late ’70s and early ’80s than Rik […]

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Bill Nighy and Toby Jones To Remake ‘Dad’s Army’

Around 18 months ago, we had a story about a mooted remake of the classic British sitcom Dad’s Army, in which a bunch of over-the-hill volunteers in the British home guard attempt to defend the shores of southern England from German invasion during the Second World War. The show is considered part of the national consciousness […]

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10 British Stand-Up Comics Whom Americans Should Know

Let’s not treat this thing like a test. If you already know all ten of these British mirthmakers (as a companion to the recent Mind The Gap post about American stand-ups) you don’t get a pat on the head or a special badge, although you will develop a warm internal glow, so that’s nice. For […]

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In Her New Book, Comic Actress Miranda Hart Asks, ‘Is It Just Me?’

Funny woman Miranda Hart is bringing her signature pratfalls to the printed page. She has just published her first book, a humorous self-help guide called Is It Just Me? It began selling in UK bookstores late last week. To mark the occasion, Hart donned a party hat for a celebratory video released by her publisher, […]

The Brit List: 10 Sharp-Tongued British Comedians

Simon Amstell is a very funny man. He’s been a funny TV presenter, mocking pop stars and celebrities to their faces in Popworld and Never Mind The Buzzcocks; he’s been a funny sitcom creater, in the slow-burning Granny’s House, and he’s been a funny stand-up comedian. So funny, in fact, that his stand-up special Do […]

Remembering Benny Hill 20 Years After His Death

Benny Hill was all of the Three Stooges wrapped into one. The English entertainer, whose slapstick humor owed a healthy nod to old British music hall routines, was an acquired taste –– one which plenty of people happily acquired. This Friday (April 20) marks the twentieth anniversary of his death at age 68 of coronary […]

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‘Nerdist’ Host Chris Hardwick’s Favorite British TV Comedies

Young American nerds in the ’70s and ’80s always had brain-boners for British comedy. The imports we got were drier and more academic in nature than what American TV provided in those days. Also, tracking down new gems was a game in and of itself. In a pre-Internet civilization, we were forced to seek out […]

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