Tagged Michael Palin

Fish-Slapping Tennant: Live!

If you ever felt annoyed by David Tennant’s boyish good looks, his Christmas 2009 ubiquity or his honest charm, this video should suit you down to the ground – he gets slapped, with a fish! David Tennant appeared once again this morning on the Christian O’Connell show on Absolute Radio, providing travel news bulletins for…

Dramatic Comics

[singlepic=46,320,240,,right]Catherine Tate’s recent success as Donna Noble in Doctor Who and her subsequent move to the land of high-profile theatre roles is just one ina series of examples of comics “going straight”. We’ve got former standup Alan Davies who became Jonathan Creek and is now an ear-biting regular on QI; Peter Kay has appeared in…

Are they the greatest?

At long last, the page you’ve been waiting for! The original version of Quintessential Comedy featured the first in a series of articles and essays about comedy. Kicking it off was a piece on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which finally (!) I’ve reproduced here… [singlepic=56,320,240,,right]Dipping back to the past, remembering the things we saw and…

Comedy Dialogue of the Week

[singlepic=21,320,240,,right]On of the most wonderful bits of comedy dialogue I’ve ever come across is the wonderfully constructed Monty Python sketch by Eric Idle, Travel Agent. While the best interpretation of this is probably the live version (most notably the one performed at The Hollywood Bowl) the version in the second series of Monty Python’s Flying…

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