O/T Best Comedy line

PNENIL

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I see Doctor Zhivago was on TV this afty. It reminds me of one of my favourite comedy lines from Rising Damp.
Miss Jones.. " I've been to see Doctor Zhivago today".
Rigsby..... " I didn't know you were ill? "
"What did he say? "

I'm sure it's been done on here before but what's everyone else's favourite comedy line from something?
We could all do with cheering up!
 

Plumbs

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Sid James last week on a clip with Barbara Windsor (at a bar)

"do you have a large one?"

"well I havent had any complaints so far"...😄
 

1966_and_all_that

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Good thread. My favourite's an old one from Steptoe and Son. They've fallen out and split the lounge in two with a dividing, temporary barrier. They place the TV down the middle so both can see it and agree to take alternate nights deciding what to watch. Albert insists on watching a programme even though it was his turn the previous night. Harold loftily says that it's his turn and finishes with, "I think you'll find the law is on my side." Albert's comes back with, "yeah, but the knobs are on my side."
 

PNENIL

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The Likely Lads

Bob to Terry 'In the chocolate box of life the top layers already gone. And someone's pinched the orange cream from the bottom.
Comedies didn't always transfer to full movies very well in the 70s. The Likely Lads film was one of the exceptions. Brilliant from start to finish.
 

Chunkylad

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Frankie Howerd said: "We'll have big belly laughs from the men with big bellies; and small titters from...". Oh no, missus, don't. Oh do behave.
 

CGP1

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Great thread folks. My friends would expect me to come up with something from my beloved Fawlty, but I couldn't narrow that down to 10 let alone 1.

So, something a bit different. I'm going for the 2 Rs, and while Four Candles is one of the funniest sketches I've seen, a lot of it's visual so I'm going for the very cleverly written Mastermind, answering the question before last.

What is Bernard Manning famous for, that is the question. Who's the Archbishop of Canterbury, fat man who tells blue jokes. What do people kneel on in church, the Right Reverend Donald Runcie. Etc
 

seasideone

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Great thread folks. My friends would expect me to come up with something from my beloved Fawlty, but I couldn't narrow that down to 10 let alone 1.

So, something a bit different. I'm going for the 2 Rs, and while Four Candles is one of the funniest sketches I've seen, a lot of it's visual so I'm going for the very cleverly written Mastermind, answering the question before last.

What is Bernard Manning famous for, that is the question. Who's the Archbishop of Canterbury, fat man who tells blue jokes. What do people kneel on in church, the Right Reverend Donald Runcie. Etc

The Mastermind sketch was simply genius.
 

CGP1

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Ah thanks Tanger.

I remember RB saying in that rerun they did just before he died about that sketch. They wanted to do it in one take, to keep the audience reaction fresh, but they were also worried that they either wouldn't get it, or lose where it was up to. They didn't though, and one take it was.
 

TangerTonyGreen

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Ah thanks Tanger.

I remember RB saying in that rerun they did just before he died about that sketch. They wanted to do it in one take, to keep the audience reaction fresh, but they were also worried that they either wouldn't get it, or lose where it was up to. They didn't though, and one take it was.

I absolutely loved RB, what a hugely talented man.RIP
 

Wizzerboy

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Ronnie Barker is, without doubt, one of the best comedic , character actors these shores has ever produced.
No matter who he portrayed from Fletcher to Arkwright youd never know it was the same actor 👍🏻
The sketches in the two Ronnie's were penned by some of the best writers of their generation until a bloke called Gerald Whiley sent in the fork handles sketch.
It wasn't until they set up a meeting in a pub asking Whiley to join them that Barker actually admitted to being the phantom sketch writer.
May I give his sketch as the minister for the mispronumciatun of worms a big 👍🏻
 

southshore

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Red Dwarf, talking aboit their childhoods. Lister 'I wish I had a mum'. Rimmer 'You could have had mine, everyone else did'.
 

CGP1

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You may!

RB bless him, yep one of our funniest entertainers. Watch the very end of the last programme in the rerun series and how sad he looked as the music came in. I think he must have known he didn't have that long, otherwise he'd never have agreed to do it in the first place. He was adamant when he retired.
 

tangerine.com

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If you watch some of the old sitcoms of the 70’s, the writers had a dig at the uselessness of the common market which we entered into in 1972.
 

seasideone

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For me and I may miss a few, but these are the best ever ..... in no order...

ALL are BRILLIANTLY written and stand the test of time - which is my definition of brilliance!

Two Ronnies
Fools and Horses
Yes Minister and Yes PM
Blackadder 2-4 (1 was shocking!)
Shameless
Fawlty Towers
Porridge
Teachers (first two series and not all will agree)
The Good Life
Inbetweeners
Rising Damp
Men Behaving Badly

Never really got the office and many others!
 

timbertops

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For me and I may miss a few, but these are the best ever ..... in no order...

ALL are BRILLIANTLY written and stand the test of time - which is my definition of brilliance!

Two Ronnies
Fools and Horses
Yes Minister and Yes PM
Blackadder 2-4 (1 was shocking!)
Shameless
Fawlty Towers
Porridge
Teachers (first two series and not all will agree)
The Good Life
Inbetweeners
Rising Damp
Men Behaving Badly

Never really got the office and many others!
Early doors
"I'll stay on me own"
 

1966_and_all_that

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Cook & Moore...Not only but also.
A whole sketch with Dudley Moore having only one leg, plus a crutch, auditioning for the role of Tarzan. Peter Cook (the Director): "your right leg is wonderful. I have nothing against your right leg. Unfortunately, neither do you."
 

Bluecabinboy

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Cook & Moore...Not only but also.
A whole sketch with Dudley Moore having only one leg, plus a crutch, auditioning for the role of Tarzan. Peter Cook (the Director): "your right leg is wonderful. I have nothing against your right leg. Unfortunately, neither do you."
Peter Cook on unexpectedly finding Dudley Moore on his doorstep in London, after several years estrangement, during which Moore had decamped to the USA, finding success in Hollywood & compounding his reputation as a notorious womaniser:

PC: Hello - what on earth are you doing here?
DM: I’ve just come over to do The Muppets
PC: Christ almighty - is nobody safe from you?
 

Levi501

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Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe 2020. (Very now!)
Brooker’s description of Matt Hancock: ‘ He’s like your older sister’s first boyfriend, with a car!’😂
 

O4tonygreen

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A couple spring to mind

1. Brian Glover in Kes, when the kid asks "Who are you today Sir, Denis Law?" to which he replies "Don't be stupid boy, number 9 Bobby Charlton. Anyway, Denis Law is in the wash". That hole script of the footy game is priceless. "we'll be Spurs so there's no colour clash".
2. Only Fools, where someone asks Trigger what they are going to call the baby, when he says "if its a boy they're calling it Rodney, after Dave".
 

seasideone

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...and this Fools moment is up there with the ABSOLUTE best...

(Problem is, there are scores of amazing moments from Fools)

 

seasideone

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Only watched some of these last week, fantastic writing and still very relevant! Brilliant.
Arguably the best written comedy program of all time - EVERYTHING is still applicable today that they played on back then...

Simple Genius!!!!!!!
 
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