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Histor and Pliny
« on: April 15, 2019, 12:16:11 PM »
No matter how sophisticated comedy gets I'm afraid I always go back to Histor and Pliny. There is, damningly, nothing funnier than Pliny's obnoxious little voice.

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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 12:16:41 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 12:30:02 PM »
The best thing Stewart Lee ever did.

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Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2019, 01:30:34 PM »
The physical design of Pliny, Stewart's voice/character and the operation of the puppet with his fidgety movements and open-beaked expressions go together so perfectly. If it actually was a Children's TV show I have no doubt Pliny would be remembered as fondly as Bagpuss, Sooty or any other iconic puppet.

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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2019, 01:46:56 PM »
Pliny originally objected about sharing an on screen bed with Tacitus, but agreed to do it on condition he could smoke a pipe.

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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2019, 01:50:05 PM »

I saw Stewart Lee a few years ago doing a version of John Cage's Indeterminacy (he reads from randomly selected cards whilst avant garde musicians piddle about with instruments and toys - All very serious and chin strokey) and I somehow managed to suppress the urge to shout "Egg, like a birds egg" when he said the word "Example" during the performance.

https://thequietus.com/articles/09907-stewart-lee-john-cage-indeterminacy

Histor And Pliny didn't leave much of an impact during the original run of TMWRNJ - It wasn't until the episodes appeared online a decade later that I realized how eggcellent they were.

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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2019, 02:01:07 PM »
You said all haaaaands on deck.

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Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 02:16:30 PM »
egg

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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2019, 02:27:15 PM »
What is canard-beak, Histor? Egg feather bird oeuf tit.

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Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2019, 02:28:50 PM »
Just reading this thread has made me smirk.

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Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2019, 03:28:46 PM »
You're right madhair. You're plain fucking right.

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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2019, 03:49:40 PM »
Quite interesting that Herring plays the straight man in this sketch. skeggsch.

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Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2019, 03:52:37 PM »
The best Stewart Lee is unsophisticated Stewart Lee. He's a really good fool.

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Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2019, 06:19:45 PM »
They used them on their final live tour and.. yeah it wasn't so good. I think there was some business about Stew not wanting to do it that led in well. I think he hated doing the voice of whichever one he was.

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Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2019, 06:39:09 PM »
The puppets got taken out the BBC prop store and used as new characters on a CBeebies show, if I recall. I believe Avalon attempted to sue the production company but Rich and Stew put a stop to that and just wanted the crows returned. Richard auctioned his puppet so some fan has Histor somewhere displayed in their house. Or it's in a skip.

Apparently, the two Curious Orange prop heads were hired out to BBC employees for Halloween parties, presumably because they looked like pumpkins?

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« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2019, 10:32:13 PM »
Yes - they each contained the semen of several men.

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Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2019, 10:34:55 PM »
Wing, like a bird’s wing

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« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2019, 10:45:51 PM »
This is my favourite

I don't know why it says #1, it's not

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Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2019, 10:59:47 PM »
I thought i was the only person to see this. I asked kids at school/university and they said no

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« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2019, 11:12:22 PM »
I thought i was the only person to see this. I asked kids at school/university and they said no

Universit EGG.

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« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2019, 12:06:38 AM »
Universit EGG.

haha like a bird’s egg

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« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2019, 12:08:30 AM »
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Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2019, 09:36:05 AM »
I like Ian news more

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« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2019, 09:57:42 AM »
W-IAN-g like a bird's wing

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« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2019, 10:03:17 AM »
The best thing Stewart Lee ever did.

Hen nest wing Steggwart Wee feather tit.

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Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2019, 06:36:20 PM »
Guardian reader, eh?

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« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2019, 07:48:54 PM »
How many were there? I don't want trawl through every episode of TM again (though I could, thanks to Alberon!) but quite fancy sticking these into a playlist or something. Did they do it in every episode?

Re: Histor and Pliny
« Reply #28 on: April 20, 2019, 02:37:15 PM »
Love how Stew basically resurrected this to impersonate Richard Hammond.

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« Reply #29 on: April 20, 2019, 05:43:09 PM »
Hen nest wing Steggwart Wee feather tit.

Tit, like a bird’s tit.