On the brighter side...

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On the brighter side...

Postby Gavin » 27 Nov 2011, 12:34

I think it is right and proper to concentrate on the problems facing society, since unless they are understood and tackled, there might be no society to speak of. This is what the newspapers do, and it's what we do here.

However, there is still a place for humour, and not always of the gallows variety. I thought this thread could contain off-topic, as it were, material not related to the downfall of civilisation!

I'm going to post here a classic old scene from the Pink Panther.

(I can't resist adding, however, that this might not be able to to be made now for ludicrous concerns over "xenophobia" etc. It's also of noticeable contrast that real humour, the kind of the past, did not depend upon cruelty and frequent use of foul language... Enjoy it.)

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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Rachel » 27 Nov 2011, 21:45

Wasn't Peter Sellers brilliant!
I'm not too keen on some of the Pink Panther shows except that one where he goes to a nudist colony.
He had charm and he was a good singer too.
One of my favourite videos of him is when he performs George Formby's song and he does it better than the original:



Getting back on the topic of comedy, I love this politically incorrect sketch called "The Translator". It's been passed around the web a lot but I'm posting it again anyway.

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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Rachel » 04 Dec 2011, 14:50

The famous sketch from Mitchell and Webb



This is more serious. It's a Bob Dylan song parody on the Arab Spring. The group that makes it on youtube specialises in comedy satire on the Middle East and Jihad satire



The same channel also produced this tongue in cheek song on the UN.



I hope I haven't opened a new can of worms here.
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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Rachel » 04 Dec 2011, 15:02

Just to add - these are my 2 favourite funny TV gaff clips.
Lulu the Elephant on Blue Peter in 1968:




This is the 2006 blunder when the BBC accidently interviewed a cab driver instead of an IT expert. I love the look of shock on the man's face when he realises he's on air and they think he's someone else.

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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Gavin » 04 Dec 2011, 16:17

I liked the Mitchell & Webb - some had mentioned that to me recently after the same point had occurred to me!

I remember the taxi driver one too. It reminded me of this recent event, when they had this "trader" on who turned out to be an amateur. Rather like the BBC staff who sourced him then.. Funny to see their horrified reaction when confronted by full on Gordon Gekko capitalism though.

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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Caleb » 05 Dec 2011, 02:01

Haha. The funny thing about the interview with the taxi driver is that he just went with it and he didn't really come off as sounding any more or less stupid than the average person interviewed in such a situation. The thing about those kinds of interviews is they could have the smartest person in the world in the studio, but it's pointless anyway because they're going to talk to him for fifteen seconds about fluff and then cut to someone else.

When people say that Alessio Rastani is an amateur, I'm not entirely sure what that means. The reason I say that is because how do most of us actually know if any of the talking heads about finance know what they're on about? How many of them actually make money? Actually, in light of the ongoing GFC, I'd be inclined to think that most of them are complete amateurs, regardless of what qualifications they have or who they work for.

Look up "Peter Schiff was right" on Youtube. Half the pundits treated him like he was a complete madman for what he was saying back in 2006 and since, yet he's continually been proven right. Check out this funny expansion of the "Peter Schiff was Right" meme:



Likewise, Kyle Bass did an analysis of the U.S. housing market and actually went to top bankers and fund managers to warn them about it and was laughed away. He then shorted the market and made a ton of money. I can count on one hand (Schiff, Bass, Roubini, Taleb, Ferguson, maybe a couple of others) the number of people who predicted the world's greatest financial disaster in almost a century. So, I pretty much take most of the so-called "experts" with a very large grain of salt these days. Look up "Kyle Bass Hardtalk" and watch him school one of those BBC clowns.

They really are such a bunch of amateurs at the BBC, so the taxi driver thing doesn't surprise me at all.

I know it's meant to be a light thread, but far from thinking, "Who the hell is this guy?!" When I saw Rastani interviewed, I was laughing my backside off because he broke with the usual "I'm one of the smart guys and it's all going to be peachy" line. What an odd state of affairs when it's hilarious and/or shocking when someone tells the truth on a news or current affairs programme!

Anyway, here's a funny sketch from Alas, Smith and Jones:



Incidentally, why don't my youtube tags work?
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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Mike » 05 Dec 2011, 07:18

Caleb wrote:Look up "Peter Schiff was right" on Youtube. Half the pundits treated him like he was a complete madman for what he was saying back in 2006 and since, yet he's continually been proven right.


I really enjoyed that segment where he went down and talked to the OWS protesters. As well as being intermittently very funny, it actually proved his point perfectly - namely, that they were right to be angry but were basically pointing their anger in the wrong direction.

Caleb wrote:Incidentally, why don't my youtube tags work?


Just stick the youtube code (that is, the jumbly bit after http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=) into the youtube tags, rather than the whole URL. Took me a while to twig to that too.
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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Gavin » 05 Dec 2011, 13:43

Most amusing.. That Peter Schiff certainly seems to have be right. I've amended the tags.
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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Rachel » 08 Jan 2012, 21:51

This is for Dad's Army fans:
There's a Hancock sketch at the end but I'm not as keen on Hancock


Not the Nine O Clock News from the very early 80's.
Would they do humour like this today on the BBC?
Excuse the sound quality. Of course this was not released on their DVDs. It's a shame b/c I am sure many ordinary Iranians would enjoy this too.



Mitchell and Webb Comedy sketch on Education. Does anyone know which series is this is from?:
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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Caleb » 09 Jan 2012, 01:44

Mike and Gavin: Thanks.
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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Gavin » 01 Apr 2012, 16:36

I thought this was a funny one, over at The Telegraph - driver dressed as Batman pulled over by police.

The police were nice and the driver turned out to be a rich businessman... entertaining children at the local hospital. Take that, socialists!
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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Darian » 13 Apr 2012, 01:18

On the brighter side, here's another video of the BBC doing what they do best: screwing up their guests.



I have never seen any other news station screw up like this so many times. You would think they would at least use their massive public subsidy to obtain an effective and competent staff, though they're probably more worried about the diversity of their staff rather than their competence.
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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Gavin » 13 Apr 2012, 10:12

That was a good one. The "News Anchor Fail" one at the end of it was quite funny too.
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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Darian » 13 Apr 2012, 21:06

Yeah I wanted to post some of those but I thought they had too many swear words for the classiest forum on the internet:)
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Re: On the brighter side...

Postby Gavin » 15 Apr 2012, 17:59

Unfortunately, Darian, that video won't play in the UK!

I have been meaning to mention, one of my very favourite comedies is Frasier. It's often lauded as one of the wittiest and funniest, and that's certainly my opinion. Furthermore it manages to be very funny without being "edgy" or cruel or using foul language - something telling there, I think.

See some of the clips here!
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