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Here are a few of my favorite comedies. Red Dwraf, The BlackAdder, and The Young Ones. As you can see I was stationed in England far too long, as most of my comedy tastes lean towards the English.

"It's cold outside, there's no kind of atmosphere. I'm all alone, more or less ". So begins the closing credits song for what is easily one of the most original and funny of English comedies, Red Dwarf. A huge hit in England, it is finally catching on in the states, and I'm finding more and more people who know what I'm talking about when I say:
"Boys from the Dwarf".

With excellent over the top stories, writing, and characters like:

Lister, (put in stasis for 18 months after a picture was processed at the ships photo lab showing him in possession of an illegal animal (cat) on board. He stays in stasis for over 3 million years due to a radiation leak.)

Rimmer, ( A hologram projection of one of the dead crew members and Lister's X supervisor)

Cat, (A life form that evolved over three million years from Lister's illegal cat)

Kryton, (A mechanoid, who crash landed with three females, he was picked up by red dwarf and lives to serve) and,

Holly (The ships computer, with an IQ of 6000. the same as 6000 PE teachers).

The shows outrageous plots and excellent acting make this an incredibly funny half hour.
Check it out !!!

Here are some .wav files for you to enjoy !

The Red Dwarf opening theme:
"red_5_theam.wav" 368,874 bytes.

Holy provides a situation report:
"red_1_6000.wav" 358,512 bytes.

Upon releasing Lister from stasis Holy and Lister make the following observations:
"red_1_dead.wav" 485,724 bytes.

Cat explains to Lister and Rimmer about the origins of his race:
"red_1_kittyschool.wav" 573,528 bytes.

The famous Red Dwarf battle cry:
"red_5_boys.wav" 24,066 bytes.

Ace gives his famous salutation:
"red_ace_kipper.wav" 25,034 bytes.

Cat justifies his existence:
"red_5_justify.wav" 372,314 bytes.

With Rimmer threatening to leave the ship the boys interview other candidates for replacement hologram:
"red_5_holo_candidate.wav" 614,892 bytes.

Kryton explains the responsibilities that Rimmer will soon be forced to fulfill:
"red_5_kryton_tacky.wav" 289,438 bytes.

Cat orders Kryton to raise the defensive shields, when threatened by another ship:
"red_5_sheilds.wav" 251,194 bytes.

These last .wav files are from my favorite episode

Lister and the Cat have this comment to make about their ongoing adventures:
"red_5_shoot.wav" 46,95 bytes.

After hearing about Dr. Lanstrom's condition Rimmer has this to say to the boys on the surface:
"red_5_marvelus.wav" 154,392 bytes.

Rimmer Speaks to the whacked out Dr. Hilldigar Lanstrom, who has a riddle for him:
"red_5_dead.wav" 296,834 bytes.

Rimmer, infected with the holo plague, and his new friend Mr. Flibbel are very upset with the boys:
"red_5_cross.wav" 239,828 bytes.

Rimmer talks to Mr. Flibbel again about the consequences of the boys disobedience:
"red_5_fries.wav" 54,624 bytes.

Whacked out Rimmer tells the boys what he means by W.O.O.:
"red_5_woo.wav" 215,026 bytes.

If you haven't had enough sound
here are some more .wav files from
Rabbit's Red Dwarf WAV page.

The Rouges gallery, or
Who the heck gives these guys grief out in the middle of space.

Alter Ego gallery, or
What are these smegheads turning into anyway.

Here are some excellent sites to find out more about Red Dwarf:

Red Dwarf Links
Scott's Red Dwarf Page
Red Dwarf Pile 'O Smeg
Red Dwarf Episode Guide
The Official Red Dwarf Fan Club
Androo's Brill-Smegging-Illiant Red Dwarf Page
The Dark Dimension British Sci-Fi Club Red Dwarf

Remember Mr. Flibble says,

"Watch Red Dwarf, or Uncle Arnie will fry you alive with his hex vision".

The BlackAdder, an alternative English history. When it comes to historical satire nothing beats the writing of Ben Elton and John Curtis for the BlackAdder comedy series. Throughout the series they lampoon English society, morality, and politics in four distinct periods of English history. Absolutely the funniest thing Rowen Atkinson has starred in. He really brings Edmund (The Black Vegetable/Adder) alive.

In the first series Edmund is Duke of Edinburgh and not much else. He gathers together the finest minds as his companions at court. However the finest minds won't have anything to do with him so he settles for Baldrick (a dogs body) and Lord Percy. Slimy Edmund makes it through many a misfortune until finally he becomes King of England, well for a very short period anyway.
"Chiswick.. Fresh horses !" Edmunds father King Richard

In the second series Edmund is the Lord BlackAdder, one of the Queens favorites at court. A clever and cunning adversary, Edmund weasels his way through many a courtier and adventure to try to win the Queen's heart and money, and to save his bottom from a hot poker. His friend and adventurer Lord Flashheart (Flash by name, flash by nature) drops in to do a tonsillectomy on his would be bride "BOB". Edmund also sails with captain Redbeard Rum. But mostly he comes up with subtle plans that are so cunning you could brush your teeth with them.
Lord Percy:" Trapped on a boat with a captain who's legless."
Captain Redbeard Rum:" I haven't touched a drop."
Lord: Percy:" No, I meant that you haven't got any legs."

In the third series Edmund is butler to the regent, Prince George. The Prince, a rather thick headed simpleton, ("Well I may be as thick as a whale omelet") gives Edmund fits trying to maintain his stature and cash box. Along with Baldrick (still a dog's body) they make attempts at marrying off the prince, (for money gained as a dowry) educating him,(with theater for profit)and saving him from being struck from the civil lists (thus depriving them of all money). Needless to say, money is the root of all BlackAdders.
Prince George:"Why the people love me. Just today I was riding in my carriage and they shouted, we hail Prince George!, we hail Prince George!"
Edmund:"We hate Prince George, We hate Prince George!"

In the fourth series Edmund is Captain BlackAdder of the Royal Infantry. He, with his fellow officer Lieutenant George and Private Baldirck examine many ways of escaping the trenches before the "big push" ( A combat maneuver whose main point involves thousands of English soldiers climbing out of their trenches and moving slowly towards the German lines, whilst at the same time being turned from live infantry to dead infantry. All for the sake of the generals who's only goal is to move 3 to 4 yards more towards Berlin) . Edmund tries many subtle plans such as portraying Private Parkhurst ("Bob" from season two) as a female, female impersonator in a soldiers variety show and jamming two pencils up his nose and saying "uuwubble". All to no avail. Even at the last moment, before the off, when private Baldrick has a cunning plan and Captain BlackAdder asks him " Is it as cunning as a fox who has just been appointed professor of cunning at Cambridge university?" They unfortunately run out of time and it's over the top. A fine and well crafted comedy series, this unfortunately is the last set of BlackAdder episodes made for the BBC. But as Ben Elton was supposed to have said "Even the new testament only has four gospels". So sit down, ready for a good laugh, and watch The BlackAdder.

Here are some links for more BlackAdder Info:

Kteh's Black Adder Page
Rhino's Black Adder Page
The Black Adder Transcripts

Put together four diametrically opposed students in one house. Add total chaos, plus a sampling of ultra violence, a totally insane plot, and what have you got ? The Young Ones. The launch pad comedy for both Rik Mayall (Rik)and Ade Edmondson(Vyvyan). With writing from Ben Elton and Rik Mayall this short series had a huge young adult following in England.

The Boys:

Vyvyan: A homicidal maniac and biology student. His favorite hobby is a game called murder in the dark. This includes an ax, the lack of illumination and quite a bit of mayhem.

Rik: The peoples poet (or so he claims). A sociology student who preaches revolution, but has no idea what that may mean. Favorite hobby is himself and his poetry written for "The Kids" and designed to fight "The Pigs" and "The Establishment".

Neil: A Hippy. His hobby is the support of vegetable rights and peace. He spends the majority of his time either planning his own suicide or cooking and cleaning for the rest of the house. His specialty is lentils a wonderfully bland vegetable treat (usually served off the floor or wall).

Mike: A chick magnet with very strange tastes. Hobby of course the pursuit of women. Mr. cool of the house he often tries to solve the boys problems through the seduction of women ( never successful that we see) or the gain of large profit through the use of Rik's room as a roller disco.

Known for its total lack of subtlety, it is a forty minute comedy "slam fest" designed to test the limits of your imagination. Most of the episode plots can be summed up best by Vyvyan himself. He explains it while preparing to penetrate a stray atomic bomb that falls into their flat, "This calls for a drill, the hedge trimmers and some ordinary household bleach" a strange mix for a strange show. But if you're into visual and verbal slap stick comedy, English style, then the Young Ones is definitely for you!!

If this is your idea of a good time !

Watch the Young Ones. You'll love it !

Here are some links to Young One pages that you may like:

The Young Ones FAQ
The Young Ones Links
The Young Ones Archive
The Young Ones: Live Tour
Steve Rapport Photography presents The Young Ones

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