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Harry Hill - comedy genius, or tosser?

Comedy genius
20 (46.5%)
Tosser
23 (53.5%)

Total Members Voted: 37

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LEE

Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #50 on: April 28, 2009, 02:22:30 pm »
Peep Show and Black Books are the best comedies to have been on TV in the past decade.

In my opinion, of course.  ;)
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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #51 on: April 28, 2009, 02:25:11 pm »
Peep Show and Black Books are the best comedies to have been on TV in the past decade.

In my opinion, of course.  ;)

I do like TV Burp, as well.  Like Screenwipe but child friendly.

I think the child friendlyness is probably relevant as part of the BAFTA evaluation.    My eight year old loved the saturday double header of YBF and TV Burp, or as my five year old calls it "You've Been Burped!"

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #52 on: April 28, 2009, 02:27:10 pm »
Series one of "Spaced" was the best thing channel 4 had shown for ages but they killed it with later and later slots on a week night.

Then it came out on DVD and proved Channel 4 wrong, as did Simon Pegg by then making it all the way to the big screen Hollywood films.

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #53 on: April 28, 2009, 02:31:15 pm »
Spaced was a work of profound genius and I still watch the occasional episode from my boxed set.
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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #54 on: April 28, 2009, 03:36:35 pm »
If we are talking about Things Wot Are Funny, don’t suppose anyone else discovered Pulling when it was on BBC 3?

Now that was damn funny...but hardly anyone else has seen it. One by one I am indoctrinating my friends with my DVD of series 1...

By chance I watched an episode that was being re-run.
Instantly hooked, very, very funny.

I suppose it's a girlie version of Men Behaving Badly.

I think it is a lot darker than MBB, which is probably why I like it so much (I like black comedy)

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #55 on: April 28, 2009, 04:27:35 pm »
Black Books (splishy splashy) and the IT Crowd are fab - both products of Graham Linnehan (who was the writer for the genius that is Father Ted).

More yesteryear stuff I enjoy watching again and again are Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister.

Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #56 on: April 28, 2009, 07:28:27 pm »
I find TV burp hilarious, on the other hand I find Screenwipe too depressing.
With regards to rating sitcoms, Friends is quite funny, but is loved by people with no sense of humour, but who want to watch aspirational comedies. My life has never mirrored friends, but has at times mirrored the Young Ones, Bottom and Coupling. My work life has been similar to The Office but The Brittas Empire was probably a truer reflection of the farce that has been my working life.
Genius sitcoms are Seinfeld and My name is Earl from the US. I can always find time to watch Father Ted and anything with Alan Partridge. I also liked Gimme Gimme Gimme, Blackadder and Thin Blue Line.

Harry Hill is funnier than Bobby Davro, Freddie Star  and Les Dennis(the old Saturday early evening comics), however the fact that as a child I found Russ Abbott hilarious should be used as a caveat. 

LEE

Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #57 on: April 29, 2009, 09:05:04 am »
I think for many of us "The Office" and "The Brittas Empire" are a fairly accurate reflection of working life.

"The Office" uses a long shot of a photocopier spewing out copies, no dialogue, just 5 seconds of a photocopier.

They both focus on meaningless management-speak of which we are all too familiar ("let's work smarter not harder", as if everyone is suddenly going to have an epiphany "By jove, he's right, we've all been working stupid all these years, that one motivational sentence may just transform the company")

I know many people who don't find either of those comedies because they find it too close to the truth.

That's why I like them.

"The Royal Family" IS, I mean it really really is, my friend's family.  I've always been convinced that Caroline Aherne secretly filmed them.  Forget top comedy, it's top drama.

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #58 on: April 29, 2009, 09:06:52 am »
I liked The Brittas Empire - but loathed The Office...

...I'm afraid Ricky Gervais spoiled it for me.  I just can't stand the man.
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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #59 on: April 29, 2009, 11:07:57 am »
Didn't get The Office.  As far as I could tell it was a fly-on-the-wall documentary.  Dr Larrington and her other half, OTOH, loved it.  Possibly because they've never had real jobs encountered dicks like that except in the form of Gus Hedges..
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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #60 on: April 29, 2009, 12:14:57 pm »
Didn't get The Office.  As far as I could tell it was a fly-on-the-wall documentary. 

Therein lies the genius of the writing.

The closest thing to it I have ever seen was a real fly-on-wall doc about a midlands double-glazing company.  It proved that truth is much stranger than fiction.  It was, in turns, more hilarious, more embarrassing and more tragic than any comedy.

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Sheer brilliance.

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #61 on: April 29, 2009, 01:12:01 pm »
Didn't get The Office.  As far as I could tell it was a fly-on-the-wall documentary. 

Therein lies the genius of the writing.

Yebbut, wasn't it supposed to be a comedy?
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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #62 on: April 29, 2009, 01:33:09 pm »
Didn't get The Office.  As far as I could tell it was a fly-on-the-wall documentary. 

Therein lies the genius of the writing.

Yebbut, wasn't it supposed to be a comedy?

Yes, it's the most successful and critically acclaimed British comedy ever I think. 

It's not everyone's cup of tea though.  Some people prefer Lee Mack's "Not Going Out" which is 30 minutes of tenuous joke set-ups followed by predictable punchlines.  you can almost hear the subliminal drum-roll/symbal  "Drrrrrrrr-tsssh" after each shoed-in pun.

"My grandfather shot down some Fokkers in WW2..." (all that remains is to wait 5 minutes for the "These Fokkers were Messershmidts" payoff and the subliminal "Drrrrrrrr-tsssh")


Come to think of it, Ricky Gervais DOES write the type of sit-com I hate, "When The Whistle Blows" sums it up perfectly.  It only fails to be terrible on one count and that's the irony of it, which actually makes me like watching it.

I wouldn't be surprised if ITV tried to commission it for Saturday evening 7pm prime-time.

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #63 on: April 29, 2009, 03:05:00 pm »


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You bastard.

You utter, utter bastard.

Do you realised what you've condemned me to for the rest of the day?

 :'(

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #64 on: April 29, 2009, 04:29:57 pm »
I liked The Brittas Empire - but loathed The Office...

...I'm afraid Ricky Gervais spoiled it for me.  I just can't stand the man.
For a while I agreed with you, but you shouldn't write off Gervais just based on the Office - Extras is in a different class.
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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #65 on: April 29, 2009, 05:57:10 pm »
The big three in British comedy are Benny Hill, Mr Bean and Are You Being Served? That's what the world thanks us for. It's a funny old world.

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #66 on: April 29, 2009, 06:11:40 pm »
I liked The Brittas Empire - but loathed The Office...

...I'm afraid Ricky Gervais spoiled it for me.  I just can't stand the man.
For a while I agreed with you, but you shouldn't write off Gervais just based on the Office - Extras is in a different class.

Extras was even more ego feeding self promoting lack of humour.

As is his standup I've seen on TV.

As for his supposed "funny" contributions to comic relief etc - cringeworthy and an embarrassment.



I used to turn off/turn over when he annoyed me.   I now turn off/turn over the second I hear he'll be on.

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #67 on: April 29, 2009, 06:17:18 pm »
I liked The Brittas Empire - but loathed The Office...

...I'm afraid Ricky Gervais spoiled it for me.  I just can't stand the man.
For a while I agreed with you, but you shouldn't write off Gervais just based on the Office - Extras is in a different class.

Extras was even more ego feeding self promoting lack of humour.

As is his standup I've seen on TV.
Yup, his standup is pretty atrocious!
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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #68 on: April 29, 2009, 09:00:12 pm »
The big three in British comedy are Benny Hill, Mr Bean and Are You Being Served? That's what the world thanks us for. It's a funny old world.

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #69 on: April 29, 2009, 09:12:14 pm »
And 'Carry On' swanee whistle moments.
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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #70 on: April 29, 2009, 11:33:39 pm »
I've always tended to favour US comedy, we have little to rival this.
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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #71 on: April 30, 2009, 09:05:24 am »
I've always tended to favour US comedy, we have little to rival this.
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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #72 on: April 30, 2009, 09:47:51 am »
I've always tended to favour US comedy.

Most US comedy is also trite, though.  Stuff like Friends, How I Met Your Mother, 8 Simple Rules... etc.
But there is some really good stuff like Larry Sanders, Curb Your Enthusiasm and, my current favourite US comedy show, 30 Rock.

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #73 on: April 30, 2009, 10:50:41 am »
I liked The Brittas Empire - but loathed The Office...

...I'm afraid Ricky Gervais spoiled it for me.  I just can't stand the man.
For a while I agreed with you, but you shouldn't write off Gervais just based on the Office - Extras is in a different class.

Extras was even more ego feeding self promoting lack of humour.

As is his standup I've seen on TV.

As for his supposed "funny" contributions to comic relief etc - cringeworthy and an embarrassment.



I used to turn off/turn over when he annoyed me.   I now turn off/turn over the second I hear he'll be on.

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Re: Harry Hill gets Bafta
« Reply #74 on: April 30, 2009, 11:22:08 am »
I think that 'The Office' isn't as good as 'People Like Us'.
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