British comedy classics
British comedy classics 80s
Everyone likes to laugh ones in a while, crack a rib here and there, and just forget the miseries of life. If you are one of those people and I bet you are then I believe that you will agree with me that Britains has produced some of the best comedians the world has ever seen. It is worth mentioning that British comedy has been there for centuries. I bet you did not know that Shakespeare was not just a writer but also a comedian. Well, history has it that British comedy was spearheaded by people such as Shakespeare, who first incorporated a British sitcom known as, The Comedy of Errors, which made its first appearance on stage in the year 1662. Others include James Gillray and William Hogarth, who both came up with political comedies. The success of James Gillray's political sitcoms earned him the title father of political cartoons and hence the pre-eminent cartoonists of the era of the 18th century. Now you know where those political cartoons on your daily that you love so much and leaves you laughing your tears out came from.
British classic comedies are known best for their incorporation of humorous themes, irony, suspense, and most especially satire often used in political comedies in the representative of various leaders such as Napoleon among other political leaders. Then came the development of musical comedy with legendary characters such as clown Joseph Grimaldi, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, George Formby, and Dan Leno among others. It is worth mentioning Charlie Chaplin whose genius and ability to make a joke out of basically anything endeared him to many. Such influential musical comedies inspired by people such as Fred Karno, who developed a comedy without dialogue in the 1980s.
British comedy has been divided into various types such as radio performance, television performance, and theatre performances. A lot of successful shows have attributed their success to television. Most of the British comedies include at least fifteen episodes yearly whereas mini-series is shorter and include up to seven episodes a year. British Broadcasting Corporation is known to own its success to airing classic comedies with most of its success owed to the sitcoms of the 1980s.
It is said that the breakthrough of the classical comedies of the 1980s gave a wide platform to the skilled talent of writing and acting of the same period. In the 1980s, the emerging alternative comedians began on British sitcoms, partly as a response to various series of the seventies. These included series such as T. It is believed that the breakthrough of classical comedies in the 1970s gave a wide platform to the Young Ones by Rik Mayall, Ben Elton and others, and continued with Blackadder. There was also The New Statesman, a series created by Maurice Gran and Laurence Marks. Only Fools and Horses, one of the most successful of all British sitcoms, began in 1981 and was the longest of all the several series written and created by John Sullivan. Other hits included the political satire Yes Minister and its sequel Yes, Prime Minister, Ever Decreasing Circles by Esmonde and Larbey and the sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf. Other shows such as 'Allo 'Allo! were scripted from 1970s sitcoms such as Are You Being Served? and Dad's Army. Other formats have also been popular. With the success of the 1980s classical comedies, there have been the rise of the various form of art in comedies such as sketch shows, stand-up comedy, impressionists and even puppet shows. Although impressionists experienced a slow rise in popularity recent success of acts such as Dead Ringers were noted. With the development of ideas in comedy, has resulted in the introduction of Muppet shows and its biggest act was Spitting Image, which became one of the most watched shows in the 1980s and 1990s. British satire that highly embraced in the 1980s has also taken up into Quiz shows. Popular shows such as the news quiz Have I Got News for You, Mock, The Week, and music-based Never Mind The Buzzcocks. It goes to show the level of influence that the classical comedies of the 1980s brought in the comedies of generations to come. The next time you watch a British comedy, always remember that it was inspired by the occurrences and the contributions of the 1980s comedians and comedies.