I do enjoy satire, intellectual comedy but sometimes I just want to let go with unrestrained belly laughs. Over the years I think the following work for me, unfortunately or not - I know most of the words.
I know that these are all white, middle-class humour but so what, they have a place.
The Ying Tong Song - The Goons changed humour in the UK for ever. This is a more complex song than might first appear. On another level its just silly - but easy to learn.
Benny Hill - nothing complex here either - but no swearing, just good fun.
Monty Python - whilst growing up I laughed and laughed and laughed.
John Shuttleworth - archetypal Northern English humour. My students think he is hilarious.
Goodies - there seems to be a thread here in inane unsophisticated humour.
Billy Connolly - a master - a very complex man - I recommend all to read 'Billy' by his wife Pamela Stevenson.
Victoria Wood - this is from a long time ago - she is so funny, so observant, breaking down barriers with careful, precise humour
Bill Bailey - brilliant - a classically trained musician, appears as a stand-up comedian and regularly on QI, if you haven't heard of the programme I recommend you to google it.
Jeff Shepherd and Marco Sassman - Great show by Jeff Shepherd, as always, with Marco Sassman at People’s in Lafayette. A few photos:
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