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US sketch shows doing 'British' sketches

Started by George White, June 09, 2024, 05:22:47 PM

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George White

Reminded of this genre by watching the best of HBO's NTNOCN remake Not Necessarily the News and this faux-Conservative Party Political Broadcast at 17.48

And what other of this strange subgenre

Mike Myers' various SNL sketches

Canadian but
Though Joe Flaherty is a dead ringer for Alistair Cooke.

Carol Burnett did a very odd parody of Kitchen Sink drama with Lynn Redgrave 12 mins in.

Not quite the same thing, but a parody of a British film via PBS kids' TV - CTV/USA's Bizarre.

From
ABC's Friday's featuring Larry David
[youtube]Rb-uw_uTdUI[youtube] Features a parody of Charles Gray's Criminologist without realising the latter was a parody of Edgar Lustgarten.

neveragain

Mr Show was very fond of comically bad English accents.

famethrowa

I thought of this bizarre diversion the other day, I guess they're referencing Bottom?


George White

Lovely use of 60s London footage in Mr Show - the Bovril sign,  a bus advertising Crawford's cream crackers and Schweppes,  and a lovely janky phone box and an Underground sign , and BBC interviewer.   And a fake British corner shop - the Norwich Quickmart (ie shelves of Weetabix)

Also, this

Terry Torpid

#4
King of the Hill doing Yes Prime Minister:

Crank: High Voltage doing Jeremy Kyle:

More Simpsons, featuring the actual Tony B Liars and the JK B Rowlings:

George White

Love how in Crank 2,  they make no attempt to evoke the Eighventies or indeed Britain bar the school flashbacks.
Not-Kyle is Jamie Harris, Richard's son and Jared's brother.

George White


Is that a real Page 3 girl or some Canadian model in a mockup?


More


McChesney Duntz

More SCTV - Dave Thomas did a pretty decent Caine, I think...


And more from Dave Thomas, in the classic SCTV combine-two-shows style (don't know how well, or at all, Hill Street Blues is remembered over your way, but the bulk of the jokes... well, you can see for yourself...)


George White

I love they even have a Jackie Wright alike.
HSB was a C4 staple

George White

  ABC's cancelled in mid-show Turn-On (1969) At 1.47 - a fictional Hong kong TV weather report sketch for Turn-On.

TheAssassin

 
Quote from: famethrowa on June 09, 2024, 05:35:42 PMI thought of this bizarre diversion the other day, I guess they're referencing Bottom?


I'm sure it was the DVD commentary of that episode where they picked up that British comedy has a very short run and few episodes get produced

Mister Six

Quote from: George White on June 09, 2024, 05:22:47 PMABC's Friday's featuring Larry David
Features a parody of Charles Gray's Criminologist without realising the latter was a parody of Edgar Lustgarten.

Sadly, your BB code is broken! So here it is...


mippy

Quote from: George White on June 09, 2024, 07:02:18 PM

Is that a real Page 3 girl or some Canadian model in a mockup?


More

On mobile but can't link, but Mark McKinney's tabloid hack in the Chalet 2000 episode was great.

Twilkes

Condensation, from Family Guy:


I don't think the Simpsons were doing anything as nuanced as referencing Bottom with Do Shut Up, they had a lot of low level running gags about Brits being soccer hooligan alcoholics with bad teeth, there's probably general British soap opera/Eastenders in there with the female character too.

Ironic that their final joke was 'all seven episodes' as being a very small number, when many series only ever get six...

George White

I know David Mirkin has acknowledged being very inspired by the Young Ones (he showran the failed US pilot, Oh No, Not Them!), and Python, obviously like any US comedic person of that ilk.

George White

Peter Sellers played a BBC reporter in the ABC Stage 67 special David Frost's Night out in London, made in the Uk for the US, but directed by Jimmy Gilbert, and written by Cleese, Brooke-Taylor and Cryer.
Made by Rediffusion but never shown in the UK - the ABC Stage 67 musical comedy of the  Canterville Ghost with Michael Redgrave and Frankie Howerd -

Rod McKuen promoting Jean (theme from the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) on the Ed Sullivan Show (CBS, 1969), singing a song about Edinburgh against a cardboard simulacrum of Westminster Bridge and Parliament.


Jeremy Lloyd on Laugh-In (NBC, 1969), claiming he doesn't remember working with Ringo on the 3 films they appeared in (including Magic Christian).

In Living Color (FOX, 1990) had  the Windrush generation sitcom 'the Hedley family'.
Have no idea if this was supposed to be Desmond's.

Pranet

Family Guy doing Monty Python (the audio anyway).


gilbertharding

Family Guy have done a lot of this. There was the British Porn cutaway, and that scene where they shouted "WANKER!!" at Prince Charles.

Pranet

Looking for that video I noticed they had redone the MP opening titles (I am not sure that I have ever watched a full episode of Family Guy.)

gilbertharding

Quote from: George White on June 10, 2024, 01:03:54 PMJeremy Lloyd on Laugh-In (NBC, 1969), claiming he doesn't remember working with Ringo on the 3 films they appeared in (including Magic Christian).


I thought he (Lloyd) was one of the stand outs in Hard Day's Night - bit disappointing that he wasn't in Magical Mystery Tour (to keep up with Victor Spinetti), but to realise he could easily have been in Let It Be make it worse.

Terry Torpid

Quote from: Pranet on June 10, 2024, 05:19:59 PMLooking for that video I noticed they had redone the MP opening titles (I am not sure that I have ever watched a full episode of Family Guy.)


Oh dear. This is a recurring problem for MacFarlane & Co.; doing a shot for shot, line for line remake of something else, and failing to add any jokes. Sometimes they'll simply have the characters sing a song from a film. There's a bit in Ted where they do the Night Fever scene from Airplane, just exactly that scene with Marky Mark and Mila Kunis.

madhair60

what's wrong with them doing an alternate opening titles as a one off joke in one episode?

Terry Torpid

#23
There's nothing wrong with it per se, but they haven't added anything to it. It's just the Python opening with Family Guy faces, so it seems a bit lazy. There should be some extra spin on it that justifies the whole thing, or it should be in a Python style but with a new set of odd images they've come up with on their own.

It's the equivalent of Weird Al doing a parody of a song, but maintaining the original lyrics.

The reason it annoys me is because MacFarlane has form for this, so it's a cumulative irritation. Look at this shit. It's just the exact jokes from Airplane. It's not a reference or an homage or a spoof, it's just an unimaginative copy.

Contrast with South Park doing Python:

It starts off as the dead parrot sketch, but altered to fit the South Park characters, then it goes off in a different direction with a pythoneque interruption that isn't from the original sketch. It's in keeping with the tone of the show, without being a carbon copy. It's a much better tribute. If that had been MacFarlane, he would have had Stewie and Brian just perform the exact dead parrot routine word for word.

Sexton Brackets Drugbust

Grumbling about Family Guy is like the MadHair thistle whistle.

George White

On the unbroadcast Turn-On episode 2, a Queen quickie at 12.47

Oosp

More Dave Thomas... the For British Eyes Only storyline in Arrested Development (not a sketch show, who cares):




Petey Pate

The underrated live action Adult Swim show Children's Hospital did an episode which depicted a 'British version' of the show, with the entire regular cast replaced.

Russ L

Quote from: Petey Pate on June 11, 2024, 09:47:03 AMThe underrated live action Adult Swim show Children's Hospital did an episode which depicted a 'British version' of the show, with the entire regular cast replaced.

Wasn't there a real series from over here called "Children's Hospital"?  I'm sure I remember that.

Edit: I'm thinking of "Children's Ward".  It's definitely better to do the simple Google search after you've already posted.

buzby

Quote from: George White on June 09, 2024, 07:02:18 PM

Is that a real Page 3 girl or some Canadian model in a mockup?
It looks like a photocopy of an actual page of The S*n which they have pasted a new headline and picture on. You can just about see the edges of the pasted on additions (the 'Monarchy' bit of the headline has also covered the tops of the text columns), the picture is shiny, so was probably an enlarged photo they shot , and the model has still got her top on.

The episode aired on 22/10/91 on CBC, so from the 'The S*n Says' column about Kinnock you could probably identify the issue of the paper if you have access to an online archive.

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