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References to TV comedy in novels and poems
« on: August 11, 2020, 08:24:08 PM »
Don't know if we've done this before but- little references to TV comedy in novels and poetry.

Father Ted Season Three gets mentioned  in The Exorcism from Leontia Flynn's book Profit and Loss.

The Exorcism.

The ghost of your former self is biding her time
at the back of the hot-press in the house where you grew
   up.
Her baneful glare is tempered by diffidence, native
to all her kind (she mouths sorry to the dusters, sorry,sorry to
the mice).
Her interminable nights are spent watching Father Ted

repeated on cable, but-oh!- she hates Season Three
with its broader strokes and more formulaic deployment
of that bright,absurd wit- so spontaneous before . . .
She drums her fingers on the sofa-back.
She thinks, you know, you should make a full confession.

She thinks you should make a full and frank confession
of whatever it is that's just on the top of your tounge.
Of whatever thing so urgently needs said
that it makes its presence felt in raps and groans
on the rail and rafters, from behind the partition wall . . .

smudge1971

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Re: References to TV comedy in novels and poems
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2020, 06:13:35 PM »
A one off character
an actress who
rubbed her hairy flue
on Albert's beard
A middle class
dreamer
who swiped her ass
across
Cockney cocks
Although not a 'pross'

Pissed on fumes
cockles and fate
and concoctions
of Cockburns
in Margate
the one off character came back and ruined everything
like she wouldn't have noshed Del whole
on the beach for
a recurring role.

Her dad found a watch
in the lock up/garage
to disparage
Cassandra's micarriage
Sullivan? Your attempts at
humour are so jaunty
so haunt me

Brundle-Fly

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Re: References to TV comedy in novels and poems
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2020, 09:19:38 PM »
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw The IT Crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Gurke and Hare

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Re: References to TV comedy in novels and poems
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2020, 01:53:28 PM »
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

These two lines are now a de facto reference to the poet reader sketch in Flying Circus.

Re: References to TV comedy in novels and poems
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2020, 06:49:41 PM »
In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason has a few reference to M*A*S*H. It's been ages since I read it though so can't remember exactly.

Re: References to TV comedy in novels and poems
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2020, 07:27:21 AM »
In High Fidelity, Cheers is a recurring topic isn’t it. Think he names his top five episodes at one point.

Shaky

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Re: References to TV comedy in novels and poems
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2020, 08:50:22 AM »
I wandered lonely as a swan,
Fuck me, Krod Mandoon is on.

Fr.Bigley

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Re: References to TV comedy in novels and poems
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2020, 02:42:57 PM »
Cormac McCartheys The Road makes a lot of references to Miranda and comes to the conclusion that the world as it is, is better than it was.

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