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Title: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Leej88 on June 01, 2021, 02:52:54 PM
Been watching a few of these on Youtube what is everyone's best and worst episodes.

Best: Four Men in a Car.

Worst: Slags
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: famethrowa on June 01, 2021, 03:04:09 PM
Fistful of Travellers Cheques is not only one of the best episodes, it's one of the best things ever. Love it.

Where's the disco
Everybody happy.... la la la la lala
Everybody loves the Eagles!
Billy Belthorpe, the man with no name
Whisky... and STEAKS
Got any mandies?? ahahaha
EUROROVER

Oh and Bad News Tour too. Ageless and perfect

Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Fambo Number Mive on June 01, 2021, 03:11:33 PM
Mr Jolly Lives Next Door is one of my favorite films. Must re-watch it at some point
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Leej88 on June 01, 2021, 03:12:42 PM
Most of them are on Youtube
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Pink Gregory on June 01, 2021, 03:14:43 PM
I hold a candle for Didn't You Kill My Brother

"I'm gonna cry when I mention me maaaaaaaaaam!"

Obligatory Bad News, Mr Jolly, Five go etc etc.

Summer School and Beat Generation I remember fondly as well, even if the latter is a bit stretched out.

Quite enjoyed the Hunt for Tony Blair but no idea if it stands up.

Should really re watch Strike!
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Rizla on June 01, 2021, 03:32:33 PM
Strike! and GLC are laughwise the best. GLC is quite hard to find online though.

Bad News and More Bad News are obviously great, but could have been much better if the drumming wasn't quite so comically bad- I absolutely love Peter Richardson, but while Colin's musical ineptitude makes sense (it's his PA system I think, or his brother's van?) and Vim and Den are just the right kind of shit (the argument in the studio over the amps is incredibly childish and realistic), Spider's a bit much.

The 4 men ones are wicked, but lack of alumni other than the 4 men preclude them classic status for me, Clive.

Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Kankurette on June 01, 2021, 04:21:20 PM
Strike and the Famous Five ones. Have never been able to listen to Gold in the same way again since the car one.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Norton Canes on June 01, 2021, 04:55:57 PM
Re-watched a few of the lesser renowned episodes a couple of years ago and found I liked the weirder, detached ones such as Susie and Les Dogs.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Pink Gregory on June 01, 2021, 05:18:11 PM
I have the complete boxset but I never got around to rinsing all of it, just about got around to Strike/GLC
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: DrGreggles on June 01, 2021, 05:21:14 PM
Best: Dirty Movie or Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
Worst: About half of them
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Chriddof on June 01, 2021, 05:22:54 PM
Another vote for Mr Jolly, and Dirty Movie. Also (going to put this in quotes so it doesn't read confusingly) "Eddie Monsoon - A Life?" was good fun, although it may have dated a bit since I last saw it... and after all these years it's still not clear if the original version of it was even filmed. Like Pink Gregory, I've got the boxset but I've still not watched them all.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Leej88 on June 01, 2021, 05:59:20 PM
The Strike is ok I guess obvs a parody of America and the film industry making films for general audiences and all the historical inaccuracies not bad just not really funny.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Rizla on June 01, 2021, 06:12:23 PM
More important question is -who was the better Al?

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Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Jockice on June 01, 2021, 06:13:58 PM
Strike! is great. The others I'm either not mad about or have never seen.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Leej88 on June 01, 2021, 06:17:01 PM
Stella Street Al of course.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: SpiderChrist on June 01, 2021, 07:10:47 PM
Not sure about worst. Slags? I've only really watched the ones I enjoyed at the time:


Five Go Mad In Dorset/On Mescaline
Bad News Tour
More Bad News
Mr Jolly Lives Next Door
Didn't You Kill My Brother?
Strike!
Dirty Movie
Eddie Monsoon
Gregory: Diary Of A Nutcase
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: mrClaypole on June 01, 2021, 07:56:15 PM
I really love War. It's quite insane.
I can't stand the Hunt for Tony Blair
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Mister Six on June 01, 2021, 08:06:19 PM
Is Slags the futuristic one with French and Saunders and Anthony Head? Or did I dream that?

The the Fly spoof with two Keith Allens is awful, too, and not just because it features two Keith Allens.

Still got the DVD boxed set in the UK. Really liked Les Dogs and the other left-field stuff. Such a wonderful and varied series. Haven't seen Sex, Actually or anything that might have followed - I gather it was pretty dismal?
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Leej88 on June 01, 2021, 08:07:43 PM
Sex Actually is bad Sheridan looks great in it though.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: zomgmouse on June 02, 2021, 02:24:15 AM
Watched the full box set at one point over a decade ago and it's imprinted itself into my subconscious. Can't remember half the details or names or anything but just the general style and vibe and format has become indelibly ingrained. Little bits pop into my head every now and again. At first I was incredibly confused by what I was watching but then quickly got on board and watched it all. I still want to make an anthology series like it, just completely disconnected episodes save for a common cast. Someone give me money to do this thanks.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Flouncer on June 02, 2021, 09:10:49 AM
I can't believe multiple people are saying Slags is the worst! I like that one so I'm a bit biased, but I can think of several off the top of my head that are provably, objectively worse than Slags. Any of the ones that feature Keith Allen in any major capacity for a start.

A couple of the later films are fucking execrable - The Pope Must Die and Churchill: The Hollywood Years are both absolutely painful watches. Absolute AIDS-tier shite.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Leej88 on June 02, 2021, 09:18:24 AM
The Crying Game song is catchy though
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on June 02, 2021, 09:23:05 AM
Slags definitely *is* one of the worst, French and Saunders at their horribly unfunniest. Nice early role for Emma Thompson, mind. The Dawn French- scripted " Summer School" is dreadful, too, albeit not quite " The Yob" - tier. The already mentioned Peters Richardson and Richens scripted surreal ones also get my vote, including " Les Dogs" ( which reminds me a bit of "IN9's The 12 Days of Christine" ), and that one with Julie T. Wallace in which Police Seargent Alexei Sayle promises his constables the reward of a video of " The Little Mermaid" for capturing their quarry, and looks fourth wallbreakingly directly into the camera for no good reason. Good, daffy stuff.
Another one that definitely belongs right up there with " The Yob"  is that fucking dreadful one what Peter Capaldi starred in, I think he might have written it as well, about some feller suspecting his wife of infidelity, barely qualified as comedy of any kind.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Flouncer on June 02, 2021, 09:29:30 AM
I think a lot of them, they've come up with a funny concept and it meanders along, some things happen, and they can't come up with a way to satisfactorily resolve it so it just ends. So it kind of feels like they've come up with something on the back of a fag packet and started filming it. That doesn't necessarily make them bad episodes, though. Some of them are pretty entertaining, for what they are.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on June 02, 2021, 09:30:41 AM
Quote from: Flouncer on June 02, 2021, 09:29:30 AM
I think a lot of them, they've come up with a funny concept and it meanders along, some things happen, and they can't come up with a way to satisfactorily resolve it so it just ends. So it kind of feels like they've come up with something on the back of a fag packet and started filming it. That doesn't necessarily make them bad episodes, though. Some of them are pretty entertaining, for what they are.

^ See " Les Dogs", I think Peter Richardson admitted they didn't know how to end the fucking thing.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: dissolute ocelot on June 02, 2021, 09:41:25 AM
Aside from crowdpleasers like Bad News and Five Go Mad In Dorset, a lot of them seem very specifically pitched, so it becomes very personal as to whether they're on your comic wavelength or not. I loved Didn't You Kill My Brother and Mr Jolly but didn't get on with Fistful of Travellers Checks at all.

Also at the time I watched Strike I don't think I'd seen any Al Pacino or Meryl Streep films. And my Keith Allen tolerance was a lot higher back in the day, so while I quite enjoyed The Yob then, fuck knows what I'd make of it now.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on June 02, 2021, 09:42:57 AM
^ Hopefully, you'd have the good taste to realise It's a load of unpleasant, unfunny shite  written by a particularly witless individual.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: BeardFaceMan on June 02, 2021, 09:46:26 AM
The Hunt For Tony Blair might be one of the unfunniest things I've ever seen. Is Redtop any good? That one passed me by completely.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Leej88 on June 02, 2021, 09:53:40 AM
Detectives on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown has some funny moments especially the bit where the police officer keeps laying into the detectives for not parking the correct way.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Phoenix Lazarus on June 02, 2021, 10:00:03 AM
Quote from: Fambo Number Mive on June 01, 2021, 03:11:33 PM
Mr Jolly Lives Next Door is one of my favorite films. Must re-watch it at some point

I always recall Ade Edmondson crashing a car at speed into a vehicle which had just parked quite safely, then jumping out and shouting 'what do you mean by driving like that!?'
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: the science eel on June 02, 2021, 10:02:42 AM
Quote from: Leej88 on June 01, 2021, 08:07:43 PM
Sex Actually is bad Sheridan looks great in it though.

oh GOD yes
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: jobotic on June 02, 2021, 10:08:39 AM
Mr Jolly is probably the thing I quote most (in my head, I'm not an arsehole).

Got a train through Elephant & Castle on Sunday. No one knew I was there.


Rik Mayall lighting a fag, taking one puff and then stamping it out has always stayed with me.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: DrGreggles on June 02, 2021, 10:20:56 AM
Quote from: jobotic on June 02, 2021, 10:08:39 AM
Elephant & Castle

Stick it up your arsehole!

I'm not sure I was aware of Nicholas 'BLOODY' Parsons before I saw MJLND.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Phoenix Lazarus on June 02, 2021, 10:27:38 AM
I remember in the Yob the transformed character gets an overdose of his potion and turns not into a football yob but a rent boy!
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: kalowski on June 02, 2021, 10:33:01 AM
"Barmy fluid? Right, I'll have some of that!"
Best are Mr Jolly, Fistful of Travellers' Cheques and the utterly perfect Strike!
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: jobotic on June 02, 2021, 11:00:36 AM
"What could be better than living above an off-licence?

Living in one?"


I promised I wouldn't do this.

I also have to bite my tongue whenever I hear tonic water mentioned.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: markburgle on June 02, 2021, 11:56:27 AM
Demonella is a load of wank. I remember one with Peter Capaldi in the lead and the only laugh was he got a ride home after a late night in the bucket of a digger, which plonks him down in an amusingly slapstick way.

I like the serial killer one, movie psycho juxtaposed with humdrum "real life" psycho
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Pink Gregory on June 02, 2021, 12:11:21 PM
Toe-nic wa'ar?
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Phoenix Lazarus on June 02, 2021, 12:30:44 PM
Wasn't there a Comic Strip where a woman tugs the front of a man's jockstrap, stretching it, then lets it snap back into place and hit his genitals to put him in his place?  It might have been at a poolside/beachside setting.  Was that a Comic Strip episode or am I mixing it up with something else?
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Flouncer on June 03, 2021, 12:56:18 AM
I just rewatched Slags and I still think it's great! I love the schlocky dystopian atmosphere and the soundtrack is wonderful! Lots of lovely analog synths and it's really effective. Several moments that made me laugh out loud - some that fell flat as well but on the whole I found it really enjoyable. Definitely one of my favourites.

Quote from: dissolute ocelot on June 02, 2021, 09:41:25 AM
Aside from crowdpleasers like Bad News and Five Go Mad In Dorset, a lot of them seem very specifically pitched, so it becomes very personal as to whether they're on your comic wavelength or not.

This is a good assessment, I think.

Quote from: dissolute ocelot on June 02, 2021, 09:41:25 AMI loved Didn't You Kill My Brother and Mr Jolly but didn't get on with Fistful of Travellers Checks at all.

Personally Fistful is probably my second favourite, after Mr. Jolly - it just goes to show how much it's down to your personal taste as to whether an episode clicks with you or not.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: neveragain on June 03, 2021, 02:51:17 PM
I really enjoy Demonella, a good old-fashioned Gothic comic short story. The more surreal ones like Les Dog and War are also firm favourites of mine. As mentioned, Gregory: Diary of a Nutcase is great satire of violent movies and the issues surrounding them.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: McChesney Duntz on June 04, 2021, 03:51:47 PM
I will contribute only my usual comment when the subject of this show comes up: "Private Enterprise" is severely underrated.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on June 04, 2021, 04:31:00 PM
Quote from: McChesney Duntz on June 04, 2021, 03:51:47 PM
I will contribute only my usual comment when the subject of this show comes up: "Private Enterprise" is severely underrated.
That one written by Adrian Edmonson , featuring Rik Mayall as a band member, sporting a very 1986 hairstyle? Naw, It's crap.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: McChesney Duntz on June 04, 2021, 06:08:26 PM
Quote from: Lisa Jesusandmarychain on June 04, 2021, 04:31:00 PM
That one written by Adrian Edmonson , featuring Rik Mayall as a band member, sporting a very 1986 hairstyle? Naw, It's crap.

Guess you showed me.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: DrGreggles on June 04, 2021, 06:39:04 PM
Quote from: McChesney Duntz on June 04, 2021, 03:51:47 PM
I will contribute only my usual comment when the subject of this show comes up: "Private Enterprise" is severely underrated.

Yes, I like that one.

Contains the world's shittest extra too.
https://youtu.be/RarEupWeyLQ?t=1837
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Mister Six on June 04, 2021, 11:24:35 PM
The bloke who says "Watch it"? Isn't he directed to act like that? I figured it was a gag, like the guard who belatedly says "Hey..." after one of the Knights charges up, stabs his mate and rushes past them into the castle in Monty Python's Holy Grail.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: DrGreggles on June 04, 2021, 11:28:30 PM
I think he might just be terrible.

It gets a laugh from me though, which cant be said for a lot of Comic Strips.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Echo Valley 2-6809 on June 05, 2021, 12:52:36 AM
I think it's meant to be funny that the cigarette drops out of his mouth, but that probably wasn't enough so the deliberately lame "Watch it!" was dubbed on later.
I agree with Mister Six about the possible Python inspiration for that bit.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: Leej88 on June 05, 2021, 08:07:07 AM
Private Hire is not funny though not once did I laugh.
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: DrGreggles on June 05, 2021, 10:45:30 AM
Quote from: Echo Valley 2-6809 on June 05, 2021, 12:52:36 AM
I think it's meant to be funny that the cigarette drops out of his mouth, but that probably wasn't enough so the deliberately lame "Watch it!" was dubbed on later.
I agree with Mister Six about the possible Python inspiration for that bit.

I think you're both giving them FAR too much credit!
Title: Re: The Comic Strip Presents
Post by: kidsick5000 on June 05, 2021, 04:06:15 PM
Quote from: Leej88 on June 01, 2021, 05:59:20 PM
The Strike is ok I guess obvs a parody of America and the film industry making films for general audiences and all the historical inaccuracies not bad just not really funny.

Without knowing how old you are, I think how you view Strike comes down to when you watched it. The jokes it makes have been imitated a lot, so if you only saw it more recently, it might suffer from familiarity