5 Greatest Comedy Characters of all time

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Moons, Sep 18, 2023.

  1. Poptop2

    Poptop2 Administrator

    I used to like some of the coronation characters too.

    The Ogdens. Eddie Yates. Jack n Vera, Noris. Alex Gilroy. Now there’s only Roy Cropper and Evelyn ( Maureen Lipton)
  2. Jim royle
    Two ronnies.
    Sheldon cooper
    Young sheldon
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  3. MrDavo

    MrDavo Supporter

    Reggie Perrin (and CJ, who didn’t get where he is today by being in a list)
    Basil Fawlty
    Battery Sargeant Major Williams
    Harold Steptoe
    Mrs Overall
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  4. ...and her macaroons :thumbsup:
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  5. crossy2112

    crossy2112 Supporter

    Nobody remember Norman Wisdom?
  6. Moons

    Moons Supporter

    It’s funny how no one has mentioned Friends, Last of the Summer Wine, Austin Powers, The Fast Show, Any Harry Enfield, Any Vic and Bob, Gavin and Stacy, The IT Crowd, Any Viz Characters, Ab Fab….all massive shows that gave the general populace many day to day sayings at the time.

    Just proves that comedy out of all art forms dates the worst.

    Either it’s set in a time or circumstance that’s locked (Dads Army, Porridge) or holds us in a happy time of our lives, our is genuinely brilliant like Only Fools and Horses.

    Not much comedy bears up to a rewatch now….a lot of it like Bread and Robyn’s Nest is truly awful!
  7. Jack Tatty

    Jack Tatty Supporter and teachers pet

    Still love a lot of the Fast Show characters, Ted and Ralph, Swiss Tony, Rowley Burkett…., same with Harry Enfield , Vic n Bob etc It’s not that they’re not funny to me any more, it’s just it’s difficult to pick just 5

    Last of the Summer Wine though, was that ever funny? :D
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  8. No, it wasn't.
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  9. No too northern.. :p
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  10. Moons

    Moons Supporter

    Last of the Summer Wine largely served as a blueprint for Top Gear with Clarkson et all - with a sprinkling of racism and xenophobia

    I think it ably demonstrated where the mindset of the program commissioners was - plainly they were from a certain social standing, and thought X about the watching public. It's why nearly all 70's sit coms were invariably about Middle Class couples, usually in suburbia, troubling over interior decor. Anyone notice how often the 'boss' used to come for dinner in the 70's?!
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  11. Zed

    Zed Gradually getting grumpier

    I think you could condense a great deal of the characters listed above to just a handful of genius writers?
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  12. Jack Tatty

    Jack Tatty Supporter and teachers pet

    Who? :D
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  13. Moons

    Moons Supporter

    100% with you.

    I remember watching a program about how they made Friends. Live audience, team of writers, they'd run 3 or 4 of the same skit with different endings and see which one got the biggest laugh.

    Compare that to John Sullivan, who wrote Only Fools and Horses for multiple series on his own - he was so involved he even sang the theme tune*!

    *this might be a shock of Penry/Hong Kong Phoey proportions to @hailfrank
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  14. crossy2112

    crossy2112 Supporter

    You still upset that Nora turned you down o_O
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  15. Moons

    Moons Supporter

    Nora looked better in stockings.
  16. MrDavo

    MrDavo Supporter

    Kathy Staff’s daughter lives 3 doors up from us, when she was alive it was quite surreal seeing Nora Batty popping in for a visit.

    A bit like last week at Goodwood, where Rowan Atkinson was racing- you half expect him to have his helmet on backwards or a chicken on his head.
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  17. crossy2112

    crossy2112 Supporter

    I don't want to know how you know :eek:
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  18. Pudelwagen

    Pudelwagen Supporter


    I've listed him 5 times because nobody else seems to have remembered what a pivotal role he played on OFAH.
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  19. MrDavo

    MrDavo Supporter

    He also carried Roy Rodgers
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  20. Just about to post something similar, and also in the earlier episodes Grandad too. The uncle Albert character was nowhere near as funny, Leonard Pearce who played Grandad was a brilliant comic actor:thumbsup:
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