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2012-11-17 12:07:43 PM
We need a old bitter Blackadder in Thatchers cabinet setting
 
2012-11-17 12:08:56 PM

NuttierThanEver: We need a old bitter Blackadder in Thatchers cabinet setting


Blackadder was always better then bean.
 
2012-11-17 12:15:39 PM

Raharu: Blackadder was always better then bean.


I'll agree with that, but wasn't Mr. Bean done with anyway? I thought the series ended years ago and it's been a number of years since the movie. Were people actually hoping for another one? BTW, I thought the movie sucked compared to the TV shows anyway.
 
2012-11-17 12:24:55 PM

NuttierThanEver: We need a old bitter Blackadder in Thatchers cabinet setting


Wasn't that Rik Mayall as Alan B'Stard in New Statesman?
 
2012-11-17 12:30:57 PM
To paraphrase Richard IV in Blackadder the first, "Wrong, Bean was childish and sad from the start."
 
2012-11-17 12:34:05 PM
Those of us across the pond knew that from the start.

...oh sorry, we just didn't get it.
 
2012-11-17 12:41:47 PM
I liked the madcap misadventures of Mr. Bean.

There. I said it.
 
2012-11-17 12:45:29 PM

Mugato: Those of us across the pond knew that from the start.

...oh sorry, we just didn't get it.


I thought you guys loved it, I never met anyone here who liked Mr Bean into adultivity so I assumed there was some big foreign market he was playing to.
 
2012-11-17 12:52:15 PM
"Mr. Bean" was one of the great moments in physical comedy. Not every gag worked, but Atkinson pulled off most of them.
 
2012-11-17 12:55:45 PM
I thought his Mr. Bean performance at the Olympics was hysterical. That said, I agree with everyone else; bring back Blackadder. I have laughed so hard during Blackadder episodes that I've nearly thrown up. I love showing episodes of Blackadder the Third to people and saying, "See that dorky guy playing Prince George? That's House. Yes, Dr. House. No, I'm not lying. Seriously, that's Hugh Laurie. No really, it is."
 
2012-11-17 12:58:09 PM

Coco LaFemme: Yes, Dr. House.


Whereas the first time I saw "House", I was saying, "Wow, that's Prince George!"
 
2012-11-17 01:05:30 PM

Slaxl: Mugato: Those of us across the pond knew that from the start.

...oh sorry, we just didn't get it.

I thought you guys loved it, I never met anyone here who liked Mr Bean into adultivity so I assumed there was some big foreign market he was playing to.


Oh, maybe. It's just that you Brits have to be so snooty about us Yanks not understanding your comedy and how we keep ripping off your sitcoms I suppose we get defensive. :p
 
2012-11-17 01:25:48 PM

t3knomanser: Coco LaFemme: Yes, Dr. House.

Whereas the first time I saw "House", I was saying, "Wow, that's Prince George!"


Same here. I think the fact he can play both characters shows just how talented he really is. Not to mention, his American accent is flawless.
 
2012-11-17 01:32:22 PM
Baldrick, believe me: eternity in the company of Beelzebub, and all his hellish instruments of death, will be a picnic compared to five minutes with me... and this pencil...
 
2012-11-17 01:35:27 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: I liked the madcap misadventures of Mr. Bean.

There. I said it.


I've been re-watching the episodes on Netflix.
 
2012-11-17 01:47:50 PM
Our long trans-Atlantic nightmare is finally at an end.
 
2012-11-17 01:54:31 PM

NuttierThanEver: We need a old bitter Blackadder in Thatchers cabinet setting


I'd watch that.
 
2012-11-17 01:57:29 PM

Sid_6.7: Our long trans-Atlantic nightmare is finally at an end.


I agree. I loathed Bean in any incarnation. Unfortunately for me, the wife finds the character very funny.
 
2012-11-17 02:00:49 PM

Bathia_Mapes: I've been re-watching the episodes on Netflix.


There ya go!

I make no apologies for him. It's dumb slapstick, and I like it.
 
2012-11-17 02:10:43 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Bathia_Mapes: I've been re-watching the episodes on Netflix.

There ya go!

I make no apologies for him. It's dumb slapstick, and I like it.


Exactly, and I like slapstick.
 
2012-11-17 02:17:31 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener


I make no apologies for him. It's dumb slapstick, and I like it.


Dumb slapstick is best slapstick.
 
2012-11-17 02:18:36 PM
"It's obvious and sad."



How I wish Tyler Perry had said this vis-a-vis his Madea minstrelsy.
 
2012-11-17 02:18:55 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Exactly, and I like slapstick.


Englebert Slaptyback: Dumb slapstick is best slapstick.


Quite right.

Sometimes, you need filet mignon.

Sometimes, you need an unapologetically greasy burger.
 
2012-11-17 02:20:25 PM

SilentStrider: NuttierThanEver: We need a old bitter Blackadder in Thatchers cabinet setting

I'd watch that.


Only if they can get Hugh Laurie to play Margaret Thatcher....
 
2012-11-17 02:21:14 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Sometimes, you need filet mignon.


Your Filet Mignon in sauce Bernaise look like dog turds in glue.
 
2012-11-17 02:21:49 PM
Cool story, bro: I was flying back from San Francisco & my Nook died. Bored out of my mind until the kid next to me started watching the 2nd Bean movie on his laptop. Creepily watched the movie over his shoulder the entire flight, trying not to crack up. Finally got caught when Bean switched places when the girl fell asleep driving. Luckily, the kid didn't mind and moved the laptop so I could see better.

Great thing about slapstick--don't need dialogue. Was able to follow the entire move without sound.

That being said, Bean's played out. Go back to Blackadder!!
 
2012-11-17 02:23:43 PM

Apos: "It's obvious and sad."



How I wish Tyler Perry had said would say this vis-a-vis his Madea minstrelsy.



FTFM
 
2012-11-17 02:24:52 PM
I prefer Mr. Heavyfoot.
 
2012-11-17 02:25:43 PM
ihfun.com
 
2012-11-17 02:26:44 PM
Agreed with everyone above... the world needs another Blackadder series. If nothing else, just to get Fry and Laurie together again on-screen (why did we never get Fry or Atkinson on House - even as one-scene clinic patients?).

Slaxl: I thought you guys loved it, I never met anyone here who liked Mr Bean into adultivity so I assumed there was some big foreign market he was playing to.


I always assumed it was simply a children's show on your side, and never intended for any adults.
 
2012-11-17 02:35:28 PM

brigid_fitch: Cool story, bro: I was flying back from San Francisco & my Nook died. Bored out of my mind until the kid next to me started watching the 2nd Bean movie on his laptop. Creepily watched the movie over his shoulder the entire flight, trying not to crack up. Finally got caught when Bean switched places when the girl fell asleep driving. Luckily, the kid didn't mind and moved the laptop so I could see better.

Great thing about slapstick--don't need dialogue. Was able to follow the entire move without sound.

That being said, Bean's played out. Go back to Blackadder!!


Your nook died? For some reason I think you have a different definition of nookie than I do.

I didn't even know there was a 2nd Mr. Bean movie. Don't they have crosswords in those in-flight magazines anymore?

csb: I borrowed a pen from a guy across the aisle on a flight once so I could do the crossword. After a few minutes he looked at me and decided he probably shouldn't trust me with his fancy pen (it was a nice pen) He managed to scrounge up a cheap Bic and gave me that and took back his Cross (or whatever it was).
 
2012-11-17 02:45:56 PM

jimpoz: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Sometimes, you need filet mignon.

Your Filet Mignon in sauce Bernaise look like dog turds in glue.


I'd thought you wouldn't notice...

clkeagle: Agreed with everyone above... the world needs another Blackadder series. If nothing else, just to get Fry and Laurie together again on-screen (why did we never get Fry or Atkinson on House - even as one-scene clinic patients?).

Slaxl: I thought you guys loved it, I never met anyone here who liked Mr Bean into adultivity so I assumed there was some big foreign market he was playing to.

I always assumed it was simply a children's show on your side, and never intended for any adults.


They could do a take on 'General Hospital' from Blackadder goes forth.

Big fan of Blackadder, can't stand Bean.
 
2012-11-17 02:49:57 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Bathia_Mapes: Exactly, and I like slapstick.

Englebert Slaptyback: Dumb slapstick is best slapstick.

Quite right.

Sometimes, you need filet mignon.

Sometimes, you need an unapologetically greasy burger.


One of my favorite Mr Bean episodes is when he goes to an upscale restaurant and orders steak tartare.
 
2012-11-17 02:51:36 PM
2 best Bean scenes


Link

Link
 
2012-11-17 02:53:17 PM
I liked Mr. Bean. Prideful, arrogant, jealous, small-minded, cheap - all sorts of nasty human attributes rolled into one quiet package. But he loved his teddy bear!
In a moment of synchronicity, I was trying to describe the Bean-wearing-the-turkey scene to my waitress @ breakfast this AM. {Not enough coffe to pull that one off) In terms of pure physical humour, I have yet to see anything topping Mr Bean putting on his swim trunks w/out taking off his pants.
Still, I would LOVES to see some new BlackAdders. And some new Yes Ministers - 30 years later and they still play well.
 
2012-11-17 02:53:33 PM
The height of Bean and House

local-static4.forum-files.fobby.net
 
2012-11-17 02:54:47 PM
to be honest, Mr Bean was always childish and sad, but there's a place for that kind of humour ... :/
 
2012-11-17 03:03:44 PM

hbk72777: 2 best Bean scenes


Link

Link


One of my personal favorites. Mr Bean packing for a holiday
 
2012-11-17 03:20:12 PM

Mugato: Slaxl: Mugato: Those of us across the pond knew that from the start.

...oh sorry, we just didn't get it.

I thought you guys loved it, I never met anyone here who liked Mr Bean into adultivity so I assumed there was some big foreign market he was playing to.

Oh, maybe. It's just that you Brits have to be so snooty about us Yanks not understanding your comedy and how we keep ripping off your sitcoms I suppose we get defensive. :p


You are in a very small minority. A majority of people I know love British humor. Mr Bean was quite excelent.
 
2012-11-17 03:22:03 PM

Coco LaFemme: I thought his Mr. Bean performance at the Olympics was hysterical. That said, I agree with everyone else; bring back Blackadder. I have laughed so hard during Blackadder episodes that I've nearly thrown up. I love showing episodes of Blackadder the Third to people and saying, "See that dorky guy playing Prince George? That's House. Yes, Dr. House. No, I'm not lying. Seriously, that's Hugh Laurie. No really, it is."


Apparently you associate with some rather moronic people.
 
2012-11-17 03:26:55 PM

Raharu: Blackadder was always better then bean.


Yuppo.

Tried to like Bean but never could quite managed it.

Kept missing BA, particularly the 3rd season.

Did quite enjoy RA's turn as The Doctor in the Classic Comic relief parody of Doctor Who.

Some funny stuff.

/Fer extra geek love points ya also gots Jonathan Pryce, Richard E. Grant, Hugh Laurie and Joanna Lumly as the first female Doctor.
//*squee*
 
2012-11-17 03:29:55 PM

DupeOfURL: I liked Mr. Bean. Prideful, arrogant, jealous, small-minded, cheap - all sorts of nasty human attributes rolled into one quiet package. But he loved his teddy bear!
In a moment of synchronicity, I was trying to describe the Bean-wearing-the-turkey scene to my waitress @ breakfast this AM. {Not enough coffe to pull that one off) In terms of pure physical humour, I have yet to see anything topping Mr Bean putting on his swim trunks w/out taking off his pants.
Still, I would LOVES to see some new BlackAdders. And some new Yes Ministers - 30 years later and they still play well.


They did have an idea for a 1960's rock band (as part of the British Invasion). The drummer was going to be called "Bald Rick"

They also did a special a few years ago with almost all the cast-touching on all eras of The old series- except the first one.

They really aren't too found of that one... Although I loved it.
 
2012-11-17 03:31:50 PM

DupeOfURL: I liked Mr. Bean. Prideful, arrogant, jealous, small-minded, cheap - all sorts of nasty human attributes rolled into one quiet package. But he loved his teddy bear!


Perfect summary of the character.

/ I felt sorry (but laughed) when his Mini-Cooper got squashed by a Tank...
// one of my favorite moments from that show...
 
2012-11-17 03:34:52 PM
And it only took you 58 years to reach that conclusion? Idiot
 
2012-11-17 03:36:24 PM

jimpoz: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Sometimes, you need filet mignon.

Your Filet Mignon in sauce Bernaise look like dog turds in glue.


www.wearysloth.com

"Don't get saucy with me, Bernaise."
 
2012-11-17 03:38:33 PM
I'll admit, I like Bean from time to time. I grew up watching the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges, so slapstick comedy has a special place in my heart
 
2012-11-17 03:40:10 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Bathia_Mapes: Exactly, and I like slapstick.

Englebert Slaptyback: Dumb slapstick is best slapstick.

Quite right.

Sometimes, you need filet mignon.

Sometimes, you need an unapologetically greasy burger.

One of my favorite Mr Bean episodes is when he goes to an upscale restaurant and orders steak tartare.


Full episode and here is all the live episodes on YouTube.
 
2012-11-17 03:42:14 PM
Dear Mr. Atkinson,

Mr. Bean is funny. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't have heard of you.

Thank you for your time,
A fan
 
2012-11-17 03:55:47 PM

GreatGlavinsGhost: Bathia_Mapes: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Bathia_Mapes: Exactly, and I like slapstick.

Englebert Slaptyback: Dumb slapstick is best slapstick.

Quite right.

Sometimes, you need filet mignon.

Sometimes, you need an unapologetically greasy burger.

One of my favorite Mr Bean episodes is when he goes to an upscale restaurant and orders steak tartare.

Full episode and here is all the live episodes on YouTube.


If you have Netflix they have Mr Bean available for streaming. Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean, Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, plus Bean: The Movie.

That's a whole lotta Bean. :-D
 
2012-11-17 04:01:57 PM

quatchi: Raharu: Blackadder was always better then bean.

Yuppo.

Tried to like Bean but never could quite managed it.

Kept missing BA, particularly the 3rd season.

Did quite enjoy RA's turn as The Doctor in the Classic Comic relief parody of Doctor Who.

Some funny stuff.

/Fer extra geek love points ya also gots Jonathan Pryce, Richard E. Grant, Hugh Laurie and Joanna Lumly as the first female Doctor.
//*squee*


Plus, it's written by current showrunner Steven Moffat.
 
2012-11-17 04:04:27 PM

incendi: SilentStrider: NuttierThanEver: We need a old bitter Blackadder in Thatchers cabinet setting

I'd watch that.

Only if they can get Hugh Laurie to play Margaret Thatcher....


I don't know if you're joking, but that's actually brilliant.
 
2012-11-17 04:09:10 PM
It's not like he's gonna get a lead role in a romantic comedy.
 
2012-11-17 04:14:46 PM

DupeOfURL: In a moment of synchronicity, I was trying to describe the Bean-wearing-the-turkey scene to my waitress @ breakfast this AM. {Not enough coffe to pull that one off)


You actually have conversations with diner waitresses over breakfast? I want to live in the movie you live in.
 
2012-11-17 04:21:14 PM

Bathia_Mapes: hbk72777: 2 best Bean scenes


Link

Link

One of my personal favorites. Mr Bean packing for a holiday


My favorite Mr. Bean clip: At the beach.

Also loved RA in The Tall Guy.
 
2012-11-17 04:21:47 PM
Wrong, Mr. Bean.

Watching you is childish and sad.


Jacques Tati for morons.
 
2012-11-17 04:36:48 PM
Mr Bean is most brilliant because it doesn't need translation to distribute around the world. Or at least what I remember of it.
 
Boe
2012-11-17 04:39:31 PM

quatchi: Raharu: Blackadder was always better then bean.

Yuppo.

Tried to like Bean but never could quite managed it.

Kept missing BA, particularly the 3rd season.

Did quite enjoy RA's turn as The Doctor in the Classic Comic relief parody of Doctor Who.

Some funny stuff.

/Fer extra geek love points ya also gots Jonathan Pryce, Richard E. Grant, Hugh Laurie and Joanna Lumly as the first female Doctor.
//*squee*


TY for that, I've never seen it before.

/lol at the Dalek bumps
 
2012-11-17 04:40:58 PM

GungFu: Jacques Tati for morons.


This might be a bit unfair.

I love Tati's work (especially M. Hulot's Holiday), and I can enjoy them both.
 
2012-11-17 05:04:43 PM
yeah well, Sting won't sing 'roxanne' anymore either. just keep on smashing expensive rare cars to bits you old fuddy dud.
 
2012-11-17 05:15:01 PM
Hmmmm, I dunno.

Never one for slap-stick but Mr. Bean has grown on me over the years.

Until today.

I found NONE of the posted clips to be funny.

Not one.

Must be me.
 
2012-11-17 05:23:53 PM

douchebag/hater: I found NONE of the posted clips to be funny.

Not one.

Must be me.


Aw, not even Bean parking his eurotrash car?

Bean and his Mini
 
2012-11-17 05:53:55 PM
Not a big deal. As soon as McLaren makes another super car or he crashes his F1 again, he'll pick up the role again to buy another super car.
 
2012-11-17 05:58:41 PM

NuttierThanEver: We need a old bitter Blackadder in Thatchers cabinet setting


I'd love to see that, but there are two problems:

1) Bean and that idiot secret agent made Atkinson literally tens of millions of dollars. He's so rich he could do NOTHING for the rest of his life but spend money and still end up with more than he has now.

So there's little incentive for him to do another series TV show at a few thousand Pounds an episode.

2) There's the "Python factor": it's very hard to get everyone involved in Blackadder on the same continent (much less in the same country) at the same time. Richard Curtiss is off making romcoms with High Grant, Hugh Laurie is being rich and bored in LA, Stephen Fry is doing QI in London, and Baldrick is off digging up the English countryside, looking for broken bits of pottery.
 
2012-11-17 06:05:21 PM
Pftt.

More racing!

img.ibtimes.com
 
2012-11-17 06:05:29 PM

Coco LaFemme: I thought his Mr. Bean performance at the Olympics was hysterical. That said, I agree with everyone else; bring back Blackadder. I have laughed so hard during Blackadder episodes that I've nearly thrown up. I love showing episodes of Blackadder the Third to people and saying, "See that dorky guy playing Prince George? That's House. Yes, Dr. House. No, I'm not lying. Seriously, that's Hugh Laurie. No really, it is."


This makes me want to breakout my blackadder vhs.

/sadly, only 3 episodes. Picked up at a thrift shop for 99cents
 
2012-11-17 06:06:36 PM

Uncle Pooky: Coco LaFemme: I thought his Mr. Bean performance at the Olympics was hysterical. That said, I agree with everyone else; bring back Blackadder. I have laughed so hard during Blackadder episodes that I've nearly thrown up. I love showing episodes of Blackadder the Third to people and saying, "See that dorky guy playing Prince George? That's House. Yes, Dr. House. No, I'm not lying. Seriously, that's Hugh Laurie. No really, it is."

Apparently you associate with some rather moronic people.


data.whicdn.com

I recall the first time I watched Jeeves and Wooster, squinted for half a tick, and exclaimed "it's Dr. House!"
 
2012-11-17 06:09:21 PM

clkeagle: Agreed with everyone above... the world needs another Blackadder series. If nothing else, just to get Fry and Laurie together again on-screen (why did we never get Fry or Atkinson on House - even as one-scene clinic patients?).

Slaxl: I thought you guys loved it, I never met anyone here who liked Mr Bean into adultivity so I assumed there was some big foreign market he was playing to.

I always assumed it was simply a children's show on your side, and never intended for any adults.


CBC ran a very short-lived Bean cartoon a while back. It sucked

/loved the live-action show, haven't seen the second movie
 
2012-11-17 06:11:42 PM

dopekitty74: This makes me want to breakout my blackadder vhs.

/sadly, only 3 episodes. Picked up at a thrift shop for 99cents


The whole series is on Netflix streaming, if you have that.

/Roommate stole my set of the complete series on DVD years ago
 
2012-11-17 06:15:18 PM
I'm okay with this. Mr. Bean was fun but I can't see him doing it any more. That movie was godawful.

Blackadder on the other hand, we need more of.

/I realize I just summed up this entire thread, but what the hell.
 
2012-11-17 06:17:22 PM

Bathia_Mapes: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Bathia_Mapes: Exactly, and I like slapstick.

Englebert Slaptyback: Dumb slapstick is best slapstick.

Quite right.

Sometimes, you need filet mignon.

Sometimes, you need an unapologetically greasy burger.

One of my favorite Mr Bean episodes is when he goes to an upscale restaurant and orders steak tartare.


Was about to post exactly that. I nearly had a stroke watching that one.

/"I'm driving'
 
2012-11-17 06:26:45 PM

Miss Stein: Also loved RA in The Tall Guy.


Seriously underrated film. Good eye!

Boe: TY for that, I've never seen it before.


NP! A fellow Farker turned me on to that a while back, just paying it forward.

/As ya do
 
2012-11-17 06:43:33 PM

quatchi: Miss Stein: Also loved RA in The Tall Guy.

Seriously underrated film. Good eye!


So many wonderful moments in that movie.

i759.photobucket.com

Elephant!
 
2012-11-17 07:31:02 PM
The Bean movie was so uncomfortable to watch, because the Mr. Bean character almost never talked. All that dead silence killed it. He's only enjoyable in small dosage, so his old show was a perfect vehicle for it. I can understand his reason for not coming back, same reason why Jim Carrey won't do Ace Ventura again.
 
2012-11-17 07:33:12 PM

vygramul: To paraphrase Richard IV in Blackadder the first, "Wrong, Bean was childish and sad from the start."


Exactly. The character is intentionally pathetic and goofy. That's what's lovable about him.

However I respect his desire to move on from the character. Atkinson is growing older and wants to do other stuff. Fine. No need to be snobby about it. Then again, he is British, so that might be a bit much to ask for.
 
2012-11-17 07:34:02 PM
I haz a sad. Thanks everyone who gave links. It was fun watching him again.
 
2012-11-17 07:50:17 PM
I liked Atkinson in the moving Keeping Mum. That was a good movie.
 
2012-11-17 07:56:26 PM
For those with Amazon Prime, the entire Blackadder series is available for free.

It's about the only free thing I've found on Amazon Prime video that's worth it, but it's almost enough to justify it alone.

/I fear the words "I have a cunning plan" are rapidly marching towards this conversation with ill-deserved confidence
 
2012-11-17 08:15:11 PM

The Banana Thug: The Bean movie was so uncomfortable to watch, because the Mr. Bean character almost never talked. All that dead silence killed it. He's only enjoyable in small dosage, so his old show was a perfect vehicle for it. I can understand his reason for not coming back, same reason why Jim Carrey won't do Ace Ventura again.


Actually, the best Bean is the sketch he used to do as part of his one-man show. It was just one bit in a much longer night of comedy, quite a bit of it silent. HBO filmed it eventually and released it as a special here in the States; it's one of the best things he's done.

/really wish he'd go back and mine something else other than Bean from that act.
//No one called Jones
 
2012-11-17 08:29:34 PM
The Mr. Bean movies were terrible but the series was hilarious and I loved watching them. I've never watched an episode and not laughed. Good memories of watching Mr. Bean on PBS with my Gramma.
 
2012-11-17 08:47:39 PM
I thought he had already confirmed the retirement of the character when he made the lackluster second Bean film. It's okay with us if you retire the character, Rowan. You've farked it up anyway.
 
2012-11-17 08:53:33 PM

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: I thought he had already confirmed the retirement of the character when he made the lackluster second Bean film. It's okay with us if you retire the character, Rowan. You've farked it up anyway.


I think the fact that he did the one-off at the Olympics got some people's hopes up. I mean, the Queen jumped out of a helicopter and parachuted into the stadium, but that doesn't mean she's going to do that every day!
 
2012-11-17 09:07:25 PM
Well, since "House" is done, Hugh Laurie is available.

They should do a Blackadder set in the USA, possibly around the time of the revolution. Lots of opportunity for timely comment there. And if Tony Robinson doesn't want to do the show, we could cast a Texan as "Bald Rick"... or even a black guy.
 
2012-11-17 09:11:10 PM
I...have a cunning plan!

What if we petition the White House to fund a Black Adder about Margret Thatcher, with the old cast back together?
 
2012-11-17 09:20:26 PM
Like Black Adder, like Mr Bean.

Most humor gets 'old' as newer stuff pushes the envelope more...The Simpsons used to be considered edgy and hilarious until South Park and Family guy left it it the dust, and now the Simpsons seems tame and only sometimes amusing.

Slapstick is the only form of comedy that never gets old or outdated
 
2012-11-17 09:41:57 PM
1. Blackadder

2. Stand-up

3. Mr. Bean

in that order.
 
2012-11-17 09:47:41 PM

AaronSynn: Slapstick is the only form of comedy that never gets old or outdated


Neither does sex humor. Read "The Clouds" by Aristophanes sometime.
 
2012-11-17 09:49:08 PM
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2012-11-17 09:50:04 PM

AaronSynn:
Slapstick is the only form of comedy that never gets old or outdated


While I respect your viewpoint, I am one of those who doesn't appreciate slapstick at all. The Three Stooges make me cringe. As some of you may have figured out, I'm a big Groucho fan.
 
2012-11-17 09:56:40 PM

simplicimus: As some of you may have figured out, I'm a big Groucho fan.


It's not like the Marx brothers never did slapstick. Hell, their mirror bit is one of the classic slapstick moments in history. And the Stooges did a lot of wordplay and one-liners, even as they specialized in the physical comedy.
 
2012-11-17 10:05:45 PM

t3knomanser: simplicimus: As some of you may have figured out, I'm a big Groucho fan.

It's not like the Marx brothers never did slapstick. Hell, their mirror bit is one of the classic slapstick moments in history. And the Stooges did a lot of wordplay and one-liners, even as they specialized in the physical comedy.


OK, the mirror bit is classic, reprised by Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, but lacking physical violence. That's what generally makes me cringe. Except for Dom Deloise at the end of Blazing Saddles.
 
2012-11-17 10:15:03 PM
Personally, I've always been partial to his not-daughter, Gemma.
 
2012-11-17 10:20:04 PM

Coco LaFemme: I love showing episodes of Blackadder the Third to people and saying, "See that dorky guy playing Prince George? That's House. Yes, Dr. House. No, I'm not lying. Seriously, that's Hugh Laurie. No really, it is."


This was really very painful to read
 
2012-11-17 10:38:12 PM
Mr. Bean: Foibled human or angel/alien?
 
2012-11-17 10:52:34 PM

Kirby Muxloe: Hugh Laurie is available


I'd rather see him doing more Jeeves and Wooster with Stephen Fry.
And maybe someone could get to work on reviving The Young Ones. Vyvyan, Neil and Ric 20 years later.
 
2012-11-17 11:37:15 PM

Slaxl: Mugato: Those of us across the pond knew that from the start.

...oh sorry, we just didn't get it.

I thought you guys loved it, I never met anyone here who liked Mr Bean into adultivity so I assumed there was some big foreign market he was playing to.


No love here. I almost missed out on Mlackadder because I hate Bean so much.
 
2012-11-17 11:53:03 PM
 
2012-11-18 12:25:59 AM
Bean is a pretty narrow and weak shtick to be type-cast into.
 
2012-11-18 01:20:08 AM

Bathia_Mapes: GreatGlavinsGhost: Bathia_Mapes: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Bathia_Mapes: Exactly, and I like slapstick.

Englebert Slaptyback: Dumb slapstick is best slapstick.

Quite right.

Sometimes, you need filet mignon.

Sometimes, you need an unapologetically greasy burger.

One of my favorite Mr Bean episodes is when he goes to an upscale restaurant and orders steak tartare.

Full episode and here is all the live episodes on YouTube.

If you have Netflix they have Mr Bean available for streaming. Mr. Bean: The Whole Bean, Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, plus Bean: The Movie.

That's a whole lotta Bean. :-D


Henceforth, watching Mr. Bean on Netflix will be referred to as "flicking the bean" in my domicile.
 
2012-11-18 01:39:45 AM

whatshisname: Kirby Muxloe: Hugh Laurie is available

I'd rather see him doing more Jeeves and Wooster with Stephen Fry.


So much THIS.

Love the books and the two are perfectly cast.

More please!
 
2012-11-18 01:47:23 AM
Thou shalt have no Blackadder after Goes Forth. For there lies disappointment and woe
 
2012-11-18 01:56:14 AM
OK Bean, just make sure you don't wreck a McLaren F1 on the way to the bank to cash all of those checks that character netted you.

Oh, wait...
 
2012-11-18 02:59:14 AM
To be perfectly fair, he can do other bits fairly well. It took me a while to get through the first season of Black Adder recently because the character is more than a lot of Mr. Bean.(or visa versa, no idea when either was being made)

Season 2, however, he was shocking(though I have only seen the first episode so far).

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/he's at his worst when he's a simpering bumbling fool
//Evil and arrogant Edgar was great though
///A favorite scene is when he convinces they dying landowner that hell is where they really want to go
 
2012-11-18 03:43:59 AM
Rowan Atkinson is incredibly gifted when it comes to physical comedy.
 
2012-11-18 05:24:09 AM
If you're looking for something like Yes Minister, The Thick Of It is a spiritual successor of sorts. And as for Blackadder, I really wish they'd left it after Blackadder Goes Forth. The fade to the field of poppies at the very end gets me every time.
 
2012-11-18 06:12:15 AM
My 2 1/2 year old daughter is going to have to get a new King of Comedy.

I showed her Merry Christmas Mr. Bean a few months ago and it went downhill quickly. Since then, I think I have seen Mr. Bean's Holiday about 200 times (we have it on DVR and it's easy to get to when she needs a fix).

That being said, Mr. Bean was funny and cute, but I can definitively see him putting him aside..I don't know how well it will go for him, because Bean is such a beloved character, but I will be there to support him. He has made my daughter very happy and in turn made me proud that my child now has the same type of humor as me.

Cheers Rowan. Cheers.
 
2012-11-18 06:31:59 AM
But it makes money so that is okay.
 
2012-11-18 10:21:54 AM
 
2012-11-18 01:40:46 PM

Fano: Uncle Pooky: Coco LaFemme: I thought his Mr. Bean performance at the Olympics was hysterical. That said, I agree with everyone else; bring back Blackadder. I have laughed so hard during Blackadder episodes that I've nearly thrown up. I love showing episodes of Blackadder the Third to people and saying, "See that dorky guy playing Prince George? That's House. Yes, Dr. House. No, I'm not lying. Seriously, that's Hugh Laurie. No really, it is."

Apparently you associate with some rather moronic people.

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I recall the first time I watched Jeeves and Wooster, squinted for half a tick, and exclaimed "it's Dr. House!"


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Will 50 pounds do?
 
2012-11-18 02:12:46 PM

NuttierThanEver: We need a old bitter Blackadder in Thatchers cabinet setting


All the Blackadders left in 1990 and we've been ruled by Baldricks ever since.
 
2012-11-18 02:36:19 PM

Mugato: Those of us across the pond knew that from the start.

...oh sorry, we just didn't get it.


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2012-11-19 12:25:58 AM

DupeOfURL: I liked Mr. Bean. Prideful, arrogant, jealous, small-minded, cheap - all sorts of nasty human attributes rolled into one quiet package. But he loved his teddy bear!
In a moment of synchronicity, I was trying to describe the Bean-wearing-the-turkey scene to my waitress @ breakfast this AM. {Not enough coffe to pull that one off) In terms of pure physical humour, I have yet to see anything topping Mr Bean putting on his swim trunks w/out taking off his pants.
Still, I would LOVES to see some new BlackAdders. And some new Yes Ministers - 30 years later and they still play well.


Tragically, new episodes of Yes Minister are not possible. Paul Eddington came over all corpsey back in 1995.
 
2012-11-19 02:43:41 AM
I just finished Black Adder Season 2. House is the baddy at the end of that as well, looking forward to the bigger roles later in the series.

Appologgies if that has been mentioned.
 
2012-11-19 10:30:06 AM
The thing I really liked about the Blackadder series was how the main character's driving force changed from series to series. In the first one, he wanted power, in the second one he wanted love, in the third he wanted money, and in the fourth, he just wanted to survive.

That's why I agree there shouldn't be another series. Where do you go with motivation after sheer survival has been covered?

/Never cared much for Bean
 
2012-11-19 12:15:56 PM

ThurmanMerman: The thing I really liked about the Blackadder series was how the main character's driving force changed from series to series. In the first one, he wanted power, in the second one he wanted love, in the third he wanted money, and in the fourth, he just wanted to survive.


That's an interesting take, though I'm not sure it fully holds up in 2, though 1 and 4 are definitely right, and 3 is predominantly about his search for a fat wad of cash, with the exception of the one where he falls in love, briefly. In the second series it starts with Bob, short for Kate, and love, but then you have him appointed lord high executioner and must gets himself out of a dilly of a pickle. Next is his voyage to Australia with Redbeard Rum, then his drinking night with Melchett and dinner with lord and lady Whiteadder, Then there's the baby eating bishop of Bath and Wells in there somewhere. Then you have the evil Prince Ludwig the Indestructable, to finish it off. So only one is really about love.

Unless... as lord high executioner he's about to get a blow job before Baldrick ruins it and he says "That was the first time...", in the 3rd episode with Captain Rum he's only doing it to keep in the Queen's favour in an attempt to marry her. In the 4th with the baby eating bishop of Bath and Wells with his poker that will make.... his bottom wish it had never been born, he has Molly, an inexpensive prostitute. I can't think of a way to make the 5th and 6th episodes about any form of love, though.

I will however go and watch them all again just to double check. Any excuse...

Best line in all Blackadder?

Percy: "Heh, I'd like to see the Spaniard who could make his way past me!"
Edmund: "Go to Spain, there are millions of them."

Gets me everytime. In fact they all get me everytime. "Here is a purse of monies... which i'm not going to give to you".
 
2012-11-19 01:29:13 PM
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Maybe he needs to play something more keen of eye, swift of thought, and regular of bowel.
 
2012-11-19 04:16:37 PM
www.wearysloth.com

"Mr. B, I have a cunning plan..." 



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"Yes Baldrick, let us not forget that you tried to solve the problem of your mother's low ceiling by cutting off her head."
 
2012-11-20 10:07:39 AM
Look for Rowan Atkinson Live for that onstage special. Funniest thing to this day.
 
2012-11-20 04:18:57 PM
Yeah, Bean had his day, and that day is probably over.

I will say he was brilliant playing that character. The bit where he was packing his suitcase for vacation was hilarious. Only Atkinson could make packing a suitcase funny.
 
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