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2022-12-02 10:29:28 AM  
I liked his bit about cats
Ed Byrne on Homeless Cats | Live at the Apollo | BBC Comedy Greats
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2022-12-02 11:52:12 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: I liked his bit about cats
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Get him and Dara O'Brian together and they lose it.

Private Browsing Has Seen Too Much! | Mock The Week
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And this clip. Watch to about 15 minutes to see Ed and Dara arguing, and a discussion of UK prison policy.
 
2022-12-02 2:32:15 PM  
The Aristocrats?
 
TWX
2022-12-02 5:39:03 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: The_Philosopher_King: I liked his bit about cats
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Get him and Dara O'Brian together and they lose it.

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And this clip. Watch to about 15 minutes to see Ed and Dara arguing, and a discussion of UK prison policy.


I found complaints from a few comedians about Mock the Week being caustic to appear on a bit disingenuous.  Show was developed by the same folks behind Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the sort of semi-improv comedy involved requires a comedian to think on one's feet and quickly.

If there's any complaint, it's that the number of regulars from the beginning was too many, which is a problem that also was a bit of an issue on the American Whose Line.  When there are too many regulars that don't themselves cycle-through, it does become more awkward for guest players.  It would have been better of that original group of six had featured two every-episode regulars and the other four who never appeared more than one or two at a time, leaving two to three slots for guests every show.
 
2022-12-02 5:52:42 PM  
I love the comedy of Ed Byrne.  I would say he was consistently my favorite on Scenes We'd Like to See on Mock the Week.

IMO, He, Hugh Dennis, Milton Jones, James Acaster and Frankie Boyle were the best.

Andy Parsons, Zoe Lyons, Ellie Taylor, Kerry Godliman and Miles Jupp were also great.

I wish the US knew more about Ed Byrne.  A lot of great comics across the pond never make it over here.
 
TWX
2022-12-02 5:54:03 PM  

Jack Sabbath: I love the comedy of Ed Byrne.  I would say he was consistently my favorite on Scenes We'd Like to See on Mock the Week.

IMO, He, Hugh Dennis, Milton Jones, James Acaster and Frankie Boyle were the best.

Andy Parsons, Zoe Lyons, Ellie Taylor, Kerry Godliman and Miles Jupp were also great.

I wish the US knew more about Ed Byrne.  A lot of great comics across the pond never make it over here.


His bit he reused in one episode about, "COOKING WHILE PISSED!" always brings a laugh.
 
2022-12-02 6:15:32 PM  

TWX: If there's any complaint, it's that the number of regulars from the beginning was too many, which is a problem that also was a bit of an issue on the American Whose Line.  When there are too many regulars that don't themselves cycle-through, it does become more awkward for guest players.  It would have been better of that original group of six had featured two every-episode regulars and the other four who never appeared more than one or two at a time, leaving two to three slots for guests every show.


When the show was first aired, back in the mists of time, I think they were all regulars apart from one guest each week. As regulars have left they started to have more and more varied guests, ending up with only Hugh as a permanent regular. It became well known for giving new talent exposure.
HIGNFY also benefitted IMHO from guest hosts. The occasional mad host like Brian Blessed certainly lived things up.

The best of Hignfy series 35
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2022-12-02 6:16:54 PM  

TWX: Carter Pewterschmidt: The_Philosopher_King: I liked his bit about cats
[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/zRLCGREvPCA]
Get him and Dara O'Brian together and they lose it.
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And this clip. Watch to about 15 minutes to see Ed and Dara arguing, and a discussion of UK prison policy.
I found complaints from a few comedians about Mock the Week being caustic to appear on a bit disingenuous.  Show was developed by the same folks behind Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the sort of semi-improv comedy involved requires a comedian to think on one's feet and quickly.
If there's any complaint, it's that the number of regulars from the beginning was too many, which is a problem that also was a bit of an issue on the American Whose Line.  When there are too many regulars that don't themselves cycle-through, it does become more awkward for guest players.  It would have been better of that original group of six had featured two every-episode regulars and the other four who never appeared more than one or two at a time, leaving two to three slots for guests every show.


Yes, I read an article where Jo Brand took a couple of digs at the show. And I remember Alan Davies made a joke on QI back in the Fry era. They were talking about a woman who sought out degrading behavior. And Alan said, ". . .at least she didn't appear on Mock the Week."

Still, it doesn't come through on the reruns. I still binge it on YouTube. Especially the later years. But the early shows seemed to be all about Frankie Boyle. Some of it was good, but sometimes he seems to want to be "Controversial." I am at least thankful the show introduced me to Stewart Francis and Milton Jones, and Ed.
 
TWX
2022-12-02 7:21:52 PM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: TWX: If there's any complaint, it's that the number of regulars from the beginning was too many, which is a problem that also was a bit of an issue on the American Whose Line.  When there are too many regulars that don't themselves cycle-through, it does become more awkward for guest players.  It would have been better of that original group of six had featured two every-episode regulars and the other four who never appeared more than one or two at a time, leaving two to three slots for guests every show.

When the show was first aired, back in the mists of time, I think they were all regulars apart from one guest each week. As regulars have left they started to have more and more varied guests, ending up with only Hugh as a permanent regular. It became well known for giving new talent exposure.
HIGNFY also benefitted IMHO from guest hosts. The occasional mad host like Brian Blessed certainly lived things up.

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That was my understanding too, which contributed to that reputation.  More variety might've helped avoid that.

The_Philosopher_King: Yes, I read an article where Jo Brand took a couple of digs at the show. And I remember Alan Davies made a joke on QI back in the Fry era. They were talking about a woman who sought out degrading behavior. And Alan said, ". . .at least she didn't appear on Mock the Week."

Still, it doesn't come through on the reruns. I still binge it on YouTube. Especially the later years. But the early shows seemed to be all about Frankie Boyle. Some of it was good, but sometimes he seems to want to be "Controversial." I am at least thankful the show introduced me to Stewart Francis and Milton Jones, and Ed.


I like some of Brand's humor, but she does not seem like the sort of comedian that is used to working the crowd or thinking up something whole-cloth with only the merest suggestion, which both the stand-up challenges and the scenes we'd like to see segments require.  She seems best when reacting to something else.  that made her good on the "if this is the answer, what is the question?" or the general news category segments on Mock the Week, and she's usually pretty good on QI, as those are more conversational and the improv is more banter than anything.

Admittedly I'm not especially a fan of her standup.  Which is odd because she has some similar raunchiness to Sarah Millican that I really like in Millican, but for some reason it doesn't work for me with Jo Brand.  Oh well.  Not every comedian is to everyone's tastes.
 
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