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Imperfect27 Thu 24-Aug-17 11:17:26

New ones are few and far between these days, but I was brought up with Flanders and Swan - posted the YouTube link to 'The Gas Man Cometh' on a different thread this morning. I also remember Terry Scott's 'My Bruvver' with great affection:

I played this to school children (asked permission first) on several occasions and they loved it too! Aaaah, they don't make 'em like they used to ...

Anyone else got any favourites?

Alima Thu 24-Aug-17 11:31:47

Used to love listening to Gerrard Hoffnung's monologues, especially the one about the bricklayer. Can anyone remember the American's name who did several comical monologues, can remember ones about Sir Walter Raleigh and a driving instructor. Loved Flanders and Swan too.

Daddima Thu 24-Aug-17 11:48:13

Bob Newhart was the driving instructor fellow. My late uncle always sang a Benny Hill song called Gypsy Rock.
I love Stanley Holloway's " Lion and Albert", and lots of Matt McGinn songs.

Alima Thu 24-Aug-17 11:48:40

Just thought of him, Bob Newhart. I'm off to You Tube.

Alima Thu 24-Aug-17 11:49:30

Frankie Howard doing Three Billy Goats Gruff.

devongirl Thu 24-Aug-17 11:52:33

Of course too Victoria Wood's wonderful 'The ballad of Barry and Freda (let's do it) which sadly I only heard after she died.

TriciaF Thu 24-Aug-17 12:03:14

A very old one - "One Meat Ball"
The little man reminds me of the current Speaker of the H of C.
Also Phil Harris songs eg
I like Bob Neuhart too.
And Schnozzle Durante The Guy who found the Lost Chord.

TriciaF Thu 24-Aug-17 12:21:03

Sorry you've opened the tap from me with this one. Many are American. I think this is my favourite (things don't change) -

Teetime Thu 24-Aug-17 12:27:47

'When father painted the parlour' still makes me laugh but many many Pythons songs, including sorry about this those of a delicate disposition, 'Sit on my face and tell me that you love me' and the unforgettable 'Eric the Half-bee' which I think might have been more of a tone poem.

Imperfect27 Thu 24-Aug-17 12:56:47

No need to apologise Tricia ... I was hoping we would give each other some entertainment and plenty of reminders of good things and some new for me to look up here smile.

fiorentina51 Thu 24-Aug-17 13:02:27

The pub with no beer. A song from my childhood!

hildajenniJ Thu 24-Aug-17 14:27:08

Don't get me started😄. I used to love The Laughing Policeman, still giggle when I hear Also The railroad runs through the middle of the house, sung by Alma Cogan.
Uncle Mac's Children's Favourites, on what happy memories.

Nanny27 Thu 24-Aug-17 14:34:36

Anything by Bernard Cribbins. One about digging a hole. Also Tommy Steele, slap bang wallop. Wish they still made comedy songs. We were brought up on them.

TriciaF Thu 24-Aug-17 14:54:08

Another one that appeals to me is Dudley Moore and Peter Cooke "Grooving the Bag Mama".
Some people think it's racist, but really it's making fun of white people's attitudes towards black people's music.
And I like several of Fats Waller's songs (probably before the time of most people on here.)

notnecessarilywiser Thu 24-Aug-17 19:17:52

Almost anything by Fascinating Aida!

Blinko Thu 24-Aug-17 19:37:07

Anyone seen the one on You Tube (sorry, I don't know how to do a link) in an Irish pub, called 'Lidl and Aldi'. It's hilarious!

Blinko Thu 24-Aug-17 19:39:14

This might be it...don't know why it doesn't come up blue though.

Blinko Thu 24-Aug-17 19:39:23


merlotgran Thu 24-Aug-17 19:50:47

Joyce Grenfell's monologues were very funny

fiorentina51 Thu 24-Aug-17 19:54:55

I love this one by Joyce Grenfell...

Jalima1108 Thu 24-Aug-17 20:31:50

Flanders and Swann
Joyce Grenfell and her monologues - the ones about the nursery always remind me of my DBF!

Greyduster Thu 24-Aug-17 20:32:44

I like Jake Thackeray. His songs are very irreverent and funny. I can't post links, but "Lah-de-dah" is a hoot.
My GS had his first trip to the Tower of London last week, and I sang to him yesterday a verse of "With 'er 'ead tucked underneath 'er arm". Not sure he was that impressed! grin

Jalima1108 Thu 24-Aug-17 20:35:01

Tom Lehrer - Poisoning Pigeons in the Park:
and others!

And 'With Her Head Tucked Underneath her Arm' (who was that?

We loved these when we were at school.

Jalima1108 Thu 24-Aug-17 20:35:47

That was Stanley Holloway

Greyduster Thu 24-Aug-17 20:36:55

Stanley Holloway, Jalima. Love Tom Lehrer - brilliant.