I love British comedy. I absolutely love, love, LOVE it! Whenever I think of British comedy, classics like Mind Your Language and Mr. Bean come to mind. And albeit Mr. Bean is mindless comedy, I still absolutely LOVE Rowan Atkinson. He’s brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
However, not too long ago (about a year ago), I came across Little Britain. I actually found out about it through a former co-worker and a very close friend of mine, and at first I had NO idea that all the skits were played by ONLY two characters (David Walliams and Matt Lucas). I mean they were SO well done that one could easily mistake them for actual women! And, oh em gee, they are absolutely hysterical!
After watching the first five minutes of the show, I was hooked! The humour is just like my kind of humour too: Very blunt, rude, sarcastic, and just plain arrogant! And the BEST part is the irony! Oh, it kills me! There is Daffyd Thomas – apparently the ONLY gay in the village – and yet, he is as homophobic as any crazy fundamentalist out there. And then there’s Carol Beer – the super rude and obnoxious travel agent, whose favourite line is, “Computer says NO.” Gosh, I love that character; she never fails to crack me up. Oh, and then there’s Bubbles DeVeer – apparently the most beautiful woman in Britain, whose sole purpose is to get naked in every single episode! (And when I say “naked,” I mean the character is portrayed in a very obese, cellulite-filled body-suit. Too funny!) And not only is she portrayed as a “sex symbol” but everything about her screams DESPERATE. She’s definitely one of my most favourite characters. Oh, oh, and then there’s Marjorie – she runs a Fat Fighters program/class to help “fat” people lose weight. Yet, she never fails to ridicule, insult, and show her discontentment for every single “fat” or “obese” person in her class. She’s so horrible, yet so endearing! The fact I love most is that she’s played by an adorable chubby guy (Matt Lucas), and the character insists that she is “skin and bones.” LOL. Ah, the irony really kills me. Really, it does.
Anyway, those are just a few of my favourite characters, for there are many more, namely Andy and Lou, Emily Howard (the “beautiful” and VERY “lady-like” transvestite), and Vicky Pollard – the hell-raiser, whose infamous line “No, but yeah, but no, but yeah, but no” has now become a part of my daily speech. No kidding! Can you tell I am pathetically addicted? 😉
Here are a few of my most favourite clips from the show below. Science bless Youtube. Where would we be without it, eh? Like, seriously!