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OFSO
16th Jan 2013, 10:45
There's a certain-late night sit-com on TV here, which usually leaves the OFSOs so convulsed with laughter that we have to rush off and change underwear. Yes, I mean the one located in Ireland: for a taste have a look at YouTube: Mrs Brown and the Condom - Mrs Brown's Boys - Series 2 Episode 1 - BBC One - YouTube

In looking up something about the program I find it's been universally slated by the critics as vulgar, stereotyped, lacking in plot and as one said "it makes me ashamed to be Irish".

What a bunch of humourless no-hopers these critics are ! Mr OFSO does have some Irish blood in his veins and he is proud to be Irish after watching this show. And even more proud not to be related to any critics.

In any case, what's the point of "critics" ? Are they there for any feeble-minded people who can't decide for themselves how good something is ? and prefer to be told what to do ?

Damn, I have my "RANT BUTTON" depressed, sorry about that.....

ORAC
16th Jan 2013, 10:57
I enjoyed Killinaskully (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killinaskully)

Series 1, Episode 1 - The German Fillum

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MagnusP
16th Jan 2013, 10:59
OFSO, ignore the buggas. Mrs Brown's Boys is hilarious, especially when he goes off-script. :ok:

Tableview
16th Jan 2013, 11:01
I find much of the 'comedy' on TV spectacularly unfunny.

I am not alone :
Is it me, or is 'Miranda’ not at all funny? - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9777298/Is-it-me-or-is-Miranda-not-at-all-funny.html)

Other comedians and series that I find painfully unfunny are Blackadder, Rowan Atkinson, Catherine Tait, Jonathan Woss (not sure if he's meant to be funny or not), Sacha Baron-Cohen, pretty much anything US American. Then there is the canned laughter and canned clapping - excruciating.

I am by no means devoid of humour but all those leave me unamused .... as do many of the 'stand-up comics', in particular Michael McIntyre who is smug, irritating, unamusing, and has that infuriating habit of walking from side to side. Then there's Dawn French, that fat butch looking woman (Jo something or other?), and that whole crowd on London Palladium Live that friends of mine always have on.

Davaar
16th Jan 2013, 11:49
I am by no means devoid of humour but all those leave me unamused.



Mercifully you have left unmentioned all of the class "Stand-Up Comics".

Tableview
16th Jan 2013, 12:13
Davaar .... I have now mentioned them!

pigboat
16th Jan 2013, 12:19
If the well known Anglo Saxonism for procreation did not exist, most seven or eight minute stand-up comedy skits would be over in thirty seconds flat.

Slasher
16th Jan 2013, 12:22
So who listens to film critics? :confused:


BTW that looks like a terrific show OFSO! :ok:

bluecode
16th Jan 2013, 12:25
Brendan O'Carroll for he is she, was quoted as saying that 'Mrs Brown put my kids through college so f**k the critics.' Mrs Brown was a stage show for many years, wildly popular with the public and universally disdained by the critics.

Met him once. A very intelligent guy.

I do have to admit his comedy wasn't to my taste but I do laugh at the latest show. I love it when he goes off script to the evident horror of the other actors who simply have no idea how to react.

I think it goes down so well in Britain as it touchs on old fashioned British style comedies. I think you may find a return to that on the back of this show.

OFSO
16th Jan 2013, 12:36
that looks like a terrific show OFSO!

I had to get a cylinder of O2 to the wife while watching the Christmas 2012 episode with the Nativity Play and the Baby Jesus fired from a canon (also on You Tube). Mind you I was also laughing so much I dropped the feccking thing on me foot.

Well, takes all sorts, and I suppose critics have to live. And I don't have to read their pathetic purile nonsence. Although their comments about the portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge being "old fashioned" and a "throwback to the past" got up my nose. I suppose if it had been sculpted from elephant turds and displayed in a fomaldehyde tank on an unmade bed, it would have met with 100% approval.

MagnusP
16th Jan 2013, 13:05
OFSO, the sculpture would also have needed to be displayed in a crappy old tent with the names of her would-have-been mother-in-law's former lovers embroidered on it.

reynoldsno1
17th Jan 2013, 00:04
TV - you haven't told us what you do find funny .. come on, spill the beans ;)

Vercingetorix
17th Jan 2013, 00:53
OFSO
you can get DVD sets of the shows with 'Bloopers' included. The blonde who plays his daughter is, in fact, his wife. :ok:

notmyC150v2
17th Jan 2013, 01:16
I love comedy of all sorts and Mrs Browns Boys is a current favourite.

It's a real family affair with his Wife playing his daughter, his sister playing his best friend and his son playing the dumb young friend. His Daughter plays his daughter in law as well.

My kids are looking foward to the next series (if there is one) as they have nearly burned holes in the current DVDs.

cdtaylor_nats
17th Jan 2013, 08:11
I first saw Mrs. Brown at the Pavilion in Glasgow. Any live theatre that can get a full house every day for 2 weeks has to be good.

It is actually better at the theatre as the ad-libs are many and are often a surprise to the actors.

My favourite one was in a quiz skit when one of them got the better of Mrs. Brown with an ad-lib and Brendan Carroll stopped, turned to the audience and said "Kids, you bring them up, give them a job then suddenly their unemployed".

bnt
17th Jan 2013, 08:16
They're not fans of it over here, either: for example, see this thread on boards.ie (http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2056131345) about it. It's not because it's a show set in Ireland made by a UK company: the same can be said about Father Ted, which is still highly popular here. I personally haven't seen any Mrs. Brown, drag shows are not appealing to me.

edit: watched that first clip: I liked the first joke about the knickers, but the rest ... meh. The "bank robber" bit is a direct lift from Billy Connolly.

OFSO
17th Jan 2013, 10:02
The blonde who plays his daughter is, in fact, his wife.

Most of the cast are related to him one way or another. A real cottage industry.

Shack37
17th Jan 2013, 10:10
As Kenneth Williams (I think it was he) once said during an interview when critics were mentioned "Yessss, they're a bit like eunuchs in the harem......they are there every day and see every performance but they can't do it themselves"

603DX
17th Jan 2013, 11:15
I don't think the critics are "humourless" because they are admitting that they don't find some performers or styles of comedy funny. I have long held the view that this hard-to-define "sense of humour" that we all possess to a greater or lesser degree, is amazingly variable from person to person. Some can only raise a laugh at the broadest, farcical situations which leave their companions stony-faced, while others need clever witticisms to tickle their funnybone. And even this apparent polarisation into two distinct camps is riddled with inconsistencies, depending on the particular personality and mannerisms of the performer being watched.

It is possible to find middle aged males dressed for their act as women, such as Brendan O'Carroll, Les Dawson, Dick Emery, or Arthur Lucan ('Old Mother Riley', whose 'daughter' was also his wife) only moderately amusing, yet to fall about with helpless laughter at the wickedly barbed comments of 'Dame Edna Everage' or 'Lily Savage'. And vice versa. There is no logic to this, we just can't help ourselves. :)

panda-k-bear
17th Jan 2013, 15:19
Mrs p-k-b bought me the DVDs of the first two series for Christmas. I haven't laughed so much in years. The last time was, I think, watching Spamalot.

Particularly - Mr OFSO will recognise this - the taser.

Or answering the phone and handing it to the cameraman. Twice.

It's an absolute tonic when compared to turgid shoite like 'Miranda' or some of the 'right on' comedians like that oxygen thief Frankie Boyle.

Davaar
18th Jan 2013, 02:37
I enjoyed The Adventures of Dieter.

My late father had a friend who used to say he laughed three times at every joke: (i) Once when he heard it; Once when it was explained to him; and (iii) Once when he understood it.

In the same vein, and foolishly perhaps, I presented Killinaskully to die Preussin with whom I share my every crust. When does the annotated version come out? Or should I produce one of my own?

Your average German, -- well my one anyway -- is not too well up to steam on your "Black an' Tans", your "four-pound trout", the pre-eminent importance to Irish life of the racing dugs, und so weiiter.

Still, I eventually coaxed a thinnish smile. I for one found it hilarious.

Cacophonix
18th Jan 2013, 03:09
This whole thread is a disgrace.

I am hitting the emergency moderator right now!

Caco

hellsbrink
18th Jan 2013, 03:27
I am hitting the emergency moderator right now!

That's a bit harsh, it ain't as if he did anything to you

sitigeltfel
18th Jan 2013, 04:53
or some of the 'right on' comedians like that oxygen thief Frankie Boyle.

Boyle is not a comedian, but a clown. To label him "Right on" might cause him to froth at the mouth, given his extreme Left political views. But how does he square his socialism with his habit of mocking disabled people for cheap laughs from the Neanderthal audience he appeals to?
A little bit of tax dodging on the side is also part of his repertoire. Fairly normal hypocritical practice for those in his trade it seems!

Sprogget
18th Jan 2013, 06:10
Boyle is not a comedian, but a clown. To label him "Right on" might cause him to froth at the mouth, given his extreme Left political views. But how does he square his socialism with his habit of mocking disabled people for cheap laughs from the Neanderthal audience he appeals to?
A little bit of tax dodging on the side is also part of his repertoire. Fairly normal hypocritical practice for those in his trade it seems! Frankie Boyle is a comedian. A clown wears make up & works in the circus. It should be an easy distinction to make. The tax allegations are also just that - allegations and made by the Mail exclusively and furthermore, vehemently denied and even furthermore, a story that was not pursued by the press when one would expect were there a kernel of substance in the accusations they would.

This might surprise you, but working as a massively successful comedian and holding political views are potentially mutually exclusive activities. Most people divorce work and personal politics, yet you seem to be suggesting that his chosen career automatically creates an obligation for him not to do so. I would like to hear the logic that brings you to that conclusion.

As for 'neanderthal audience' the last dvd I watched shows him picking indiscriminately on the audience where he always asks what they do for a living. A random selection included Firemen, nurses, secretarys, students and midwives. Really neanderthal.

Being offended is a choice, swallowing the poisonous half truths & bullshit peddled by the Daily Mail, for it was only they who made the tax allegations really just tells us that some people lack enquiring minds & simply want their prejudices confirmed over & again.

BBC News - Frankie Boyle hits back over tax claims (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18658241)

Seldomfitforpurpose
18th Jan 2013, 07:43
Boyle is not a comedian, but a clown.

Mrs SFFP does not find him in the least bit funny where he makes me roar with laughter, I don't like soaps but she enjoys Corrie and 'Enders, she does not laugh at Snatch or NL Animal House or Blues Brothers and I don't really like chick flicks.

We both fully understand the age old adage of each to their own :ok:

Lukeafb1
18th Jan 2013, 09:58
I always find it interesting when on virtually every thread someone manages to get round to Daily Mail bashing.

If most 'intelligent' media observers wouldn't touch the Mail with a barge pole (one contributor on another thread wrote "I wouldn't even read the Mail over someone's shoulder"), why is this the first paper to sell out daily at supermarkets and everywhere at weekends. Even ahead of the Sun, Mirror and Express.

I'm not burning a candle for the Mail, but the constant criticism does get somewhat tiresome sometimes and is highly unoriginal. If you don't like the Mail or it's style, there is an easy answer. DON'T BUY IT!

Sprogget
18th Jan 2013, 10:47
I don't. So what is your point?

ShyTorque
18th Jan 2013, 11:04
Back to the original thread:

In looking up something about the program I find it's been universally slated by the critics as vulgar, stereotyped, lacking in plot............".

Of course it is. But in this house it's found hilariously funny. Especially by my wife, who can be as straight laced as they come. She shrieks with laughter at this programme and wants to see it live. But it's booked up a year in advance.

She nearly expired watching this episode:

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bluecode
18th Jan 2013, 11:59
Yes shytorque, you can hear the women in the audience almost shrieking hysterically. They have felt the pain!

Lukeafb1
18th Jan 2013, 19:29
Sprogget,

I did mention the word 'intelligent'. You obviously come under a different category if you don't get it. :ugh:

Sprogget
19th Jan 2013, 06:49
So no point then. Musing on why the Mail comes in for so much attention around here might better lead you to the stuck records who like to use it so frequently to prop up their dogmatic insistence that this country is going through it's own decline & fall because of the pakis/coons/poofters/wimmin/queers/lefties/paddys (delete per your own irrational prejudices) rather than scratching your head about those who subsequently criticise the spurious unfounded appeal to base instincts so beloved of the tunnel vision apocalyptic idiots who hang off it's every word.

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 06:56
Sprogget,

I did mention the word 'intelligent'. You obviously come under a different category if you don't get it. :ugh:

I am certainly no Sproggy fan, in fact more often than not far from it, however a lack of intelligence is definately not one of his failings :ok:

Sprogget
19th Jan 2013, 07:00
Nor is spelling. Definitely.

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 07:08
Nor is spelling. Definitely.

Sat by the hotel pool in Langkawi, about to enjoy happy hour and relying on my IPad to spool chuck for me, this retirement malarkey is a real bummer :ok:

Sprogget
19th Jan 2013, 07:12
That is relevant to the discussion because:

a) It isn't.

b) It's a petty form of one upmanship highly revealing about the character of the poster.


Place your bets!

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 07:27
That is relevant to the discussion because:

a) It isn't.

b) It's a petty form of one upmanship highly revealing about the character of the poster.

c) It's a fishing trip looking for a bite.

Place your bets!

Somedays it's just way too easy :p

Sprogget
19th Jan 2013, 07:41
Somedays it's just way too easy http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/tongue.gifI think you actually believe that. I wonder about the logical processes that impel someone in this direction. Actually, I don't. I'm just glad they're nowhere near me.

Edit to add: Enjoy the Pyrrhic victory. It's all yours.

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 07:48
I wonder about the logical processes that impel someone in this direction.

I like to try and and add a little humour to some threads, I know you are not smiling right now but we both know there will be a few out there who are :p

hellsbrink
19th Jan 2013, 07:55
That is relevant to the discussion because:

a) It isn't.

b) It's a petty form of one upmanship highly revealing about the character of the poster.


Place your bets!

What are the odds, because I ain't putting any money on "evens" that it's b).....

Sprogget
19th Jan 2013, 08:01
I'm not sure. Selwyn's already decided he's got an internet win. Seems like game over for me. Not counting the small amount of backpedalling - oh I was only being humourous. Right. Hilarious.:hmm:

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 08:08
Shock horror, the European RWS start to gather :p:p:p

hellsbrink
19th Jan 2013, 08:17
Was that meant to be "humour" as well?

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 08:19
No...........:ok:

Sprogget
19th Jan 2013, 08:20
A little self awareness finally.

hellsbrink
19th Jan 2013, 08:20
And that was?

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 08:28
No........:ok:

hellsbrink
19th Jan 2013, 08:33
So that was instead then.

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 08:34
No........:ok:

hellsbrink
19th Jan 2013, 09:27
And that one isn't?


(I can keep this up all day, how long do you think it'll be before everyone else starts whining?)

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 10:18
And that one isn't?


(I can keep this up all day, how long do you think it'll be before everyone else starts whining?)

I suspect a few folk will have gotten it by now :ok:

hellsbrink
19th Jan 2013, 10:26
So was that humour?

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 10:32
No......:ok:

hellsbrink
19th Jan 2013, 11:26
You positive?

bnt
19th Jan 2013, 11:49
Boyle is not a comedian, but a clown. To label him "Right on" might cause him to froth at the mouth, given his extreme Left political views. But how does he square his socialism with his habit of mocking disabled people for cheap laughs from the Neanderthal audience he appeals to?
A little bit of tax dodging on the side is also part of his repertoire. Fairly normal hypocritical practice for those in his trade it seems!
It's the difference between laughing at people and laughing with them. Do you think that people with disabilities have no sense of humour about those disabilities? For example, this one isn't so much about the disability in question as it is about how people react to it:

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As for the tax dodging allegation. could you be confusing him with Jimmy Carr?

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 14:32
You positive?

Absolutely :ok:

Sprogget
19th Jan 2013, 14:57
Hmm, this pitiful thread is still alive? Let's see what is going on.

Ah, Selwyn's oft used but we both know there will be a few out there who are http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/tongue.gif and I suspect a few folk will have gotten it by now http://images.ibsrv.net/ibsrv/res/src:www.pprune.org/get/images/smilies/thumbs.gif

This little tactic you use a lot don't you Selwyn? The implied suggestion that there is more under discussion than whoever your mark at the time is seems to understand. It's designed to undermine them by sowing a little self doubt whilst bolstering your own notion of superiority. When challenged, it usually gets defended by - well, it's just a little humour, but it isn't is it? It's actually an effort to win an argument with strangers on the internet, that is what it actually is - that should give any rational person pause for thought, but as ever, breath is not being held.

And the QED part? Those you allude to understanding what you're getting at - they're not exactly flying out of the woodwork are they? Any takers? No, because there is nothing to understand, just a tame effort at one upmanship purely and exclusively in your own head. I find it slightly sad really but if it makes you happy. Like totes whatevs.

hellsbrink
19th Jan 2013, 14:59
But you were negative earlier, so I guess that means you like swinging both ways. Each to their own, but do the locals actually allow that sort of thing at the side of the pool?

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 15:15
I find it slightly sad really but if it makes you happy. Like totes whatevs.

I am still smiling and you are still wriggling on the hook :p

Just a thought tho but on a differant thread a few days back an American poster congratulated Mrs SFFP and I for our good fortune, said he was very envious of our lifestyle and wished us well in our future adventures.

You on the other hand sound very much like someone who scratches expensive cars because they belong to flash cnuts :ok:

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 15:16
But you were negative earlier, so I guess that means you like swinging both ways. Each to their own, but do the locals actually allow that sort of thing at the side of the pool?

And all over Europe to :ok:

Sprogget
19th Jan 2013, 15:21
I don't care if you live in a palace or a hovel. No skin off my nose. Yet it seems important to you to remind me of your alleged lifestyle. And no, I don't scratch cars our suffer from any other form of jealousy.

I just don't like your thinly veneered unpleasant m.o., full of subtle and not so subtle suggestion that others are beneath you, are incapable of discoursing at your elevated level when in fact I and others see right through your tired schtick.

Where are those people who understand what Hellsbrink & I don't then? Still waiting.

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 15:25
Sill wriggling away :p

Sprogget
19th Jan 2013, 15:29
Still sticking to the same boring nonsense.

I'm out of this, the very best outcome of arguing with an idiot is winning an argument with an idiot. I don't need it particularly so yeah, still wriggling if you insist and you normally do. :zzz:

Seldomfitforpurpose
19th Jan 2013, 15:34
Over 8 hours now and still this fish will not give up :p

hellsbrink
19th Jan 2013, 16:32
And all over Europe to

Wouldn't it be a bit to cold over here to swing it by the pool? You won't swing much with, erm, shrinkage...........

Lukeafb1
19th Jan 2013, 21:23
Quote from Sprogget,

"I don't scratch cars our suffer from any other form of jealousy".

I really don't think you should accuse others of making spelling mistakes. :p

Seldomfitforpurpose
20th Jan 2013, 00:13
Wouldn't it be a bit to cold over here to swing it by the pool? You won't swing much with, erm, shrinkage...........

Who says you have to be outside :ok:

Seldomfitforpurpose
20th Jan 2013, 00:17
Quote from Sprogget,

"I don't scratch cars our suffer from any other form of jealousy".

I really don't think you should accuse others of making spelling mistakes.
:p

Luke,

His posts are lightly dusted with such minor errors, I suspect most go unnoticed by our Sproggy due to the red mist clouding the screen :p:p:p

Sprogget
20th Jan 2013, 07:49
I don't see a spelling mistake there at all. A Typo you can have petty man if it makes you happy...

Hey Selwyn, Still waiting for all the people you keep telling us are on your wavelength. Where are they all? :p

I imagine though, you're not going to address that are you? What you are going to try is suggest I'm still biting, having posted provocatively from your two up two down in Willenhall - sorry the Caribbean!

Seldomfitforpurpose
20th Jan 2013, 07:58
petty man if it makes you happy...The contrast between post 34 and post 69... how deliciously pot and kettle that is :D

sorry the Caribbean! [email protected] drop them a quick email and ask if there is a Brit couple in room 320 with the initials S and K currently sat pool side enjoying happy hour beers :p:p:p

Over 20 hours and still wriggling on the hook :ok:

Sprogget
20th Jan 2013, 08:17
Ta dah!!

I could set my watch by your worn out schmutter Selwyn!! Too delicious. In fact I've worked out who you are!! http://www.pistonheads.com/inc/images/wavey.gif

http://i45.tinypic.com/1dfnp.jpg

Seldomfitforpurpose
20th Jan 2013, 08:24
Sproggy,

Did you send the email?

Go back to Post #33 and have a little re read then tell me why you are trying your very utmost to prove me wrong :p:p:p:p:p

Still wriggling :ok:

Sprogget
20th Jan 2013, 09:05
Is it snowing in Willenhall? Both bars on?;)

Seldomfitforpurpose
20th Jan 2013, 09:08
Just had a word with the reception staff and they are looking out for your email Sproggy :ok:

Still wriggling :p:p:p

Sprogget
20th Jan 2013, 09:19
Let me see. You're on holiday somewhere full of cheap brown children and you've just had a word with reception to ask them to keep an eye out for an email from me to confirm your presence??

Can you not see how pathetic that is?!! I mean, I thought I was being petty pursuing this argument, but you on your Saviles, sorry Sandals holibobs chasing god knows what kind of spurious pleasures have actually gone to those lengths to disprove a stranger on the internet??

Sorry Selwyn, but you're just not wired up the right way. Not the right way at all.

Seldomfitforpurpose
20th Jan 2013, 09:23
So now I am a peedo in speedos, priceless...............:p:p:p:p:p:p

Still wriggling :ok:

Sprogget
20th Jan 2013, 09:25
Bye Selwyn, have fun in the snowy midlands working out how all this nonsense began.

http://www.pistonheads.com/inc/images/tumbleweed.gif

Seldomfitforpurpose
20th Jan 2013, 09:30
Still wriggling :ok:

Milo Minderbinder
20th Jan 2013, 09:50
can't you two simply just transfer your love messages to PMs like any other courting couple? You're taking up bandwidth. I just wasted a whole three minutes trying to find something that was worth reading. And failed totally...

david1300
20th Jan 2013, 10:48
I'm with you there, Milo. Two out-of-control egos pissing in the wind :\

Lukeafb1
20th Jan 2013, 18:26
Milo, David,

I'm with you.:ugh::ugh:

ExSp33db1rd
20th Jan 2013, 20:36
No point opening this thread anymore.

Loose rivets
21st Jan 2013, 04:24
Wondering what I'd been missing, I read the thread from the end to the beginning. That way around, I thought it was quite good.:p

Seldomfitforpurpose
21st Jan 2013, 06:33
The fact that the thread is still running, that could of course change at any given moment, would suggest that the only opinions that really count in here, the Mods, have yet to see anything to cause concern.

I did wonder if the accusation of being a wrongly wired child molester aimed at me might be considered a bit strong but probably because I politely smiled, took no offence and continued to good naturedly tickle the tigers tummy that was a good indicator that no harm had been done.

There are several threads on here that I never enter because the subject matter is of no interest. A few I go in where it becomes quickly apparent I am not interested in and I use the back button to navigate away and some that I enjoy contributing to.

I have to say that I have yet to read thread where I have offended myself so badly that I have been reduced to offering nothing better than a well worded bunch of @ankers before flouncing off, not really my style :ok: