Wednesday, 7 April 2010

General Election 2010 the Comedy

I often marvel in wonderment about some of the great television comedy programmes that we in Britain have been fortunate to enjoy over the many years, the writer’s who have come up with some absolute gems if not masterpieces, I suppose we all have our own favourites know doubt, but do you ever stop to think that the caricature, the representation of a person that is exaggerated for comic effect that that thespian is portraying reminds you of someone you possibly know, a workmate, a friend and even dare I say a member of your own family.

I once read that the English actor Warren Mitchell who if you didn’t know rose to initial prominence in the role of the bigoted cockney Alf Garnett in the BBC television series Till Death Us Do Part (1965-1975) scripted by Johnny Speight. Mitchell developed that characters distinctive east London working class voice whilst trying to sell a left-wing newspaper when he was training for his career at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A life-long, committed socialist, he sold socialist newspapers on street corners, shouting his wares in his beautifully trained voice. It was only when he realised why people weren't buying his newspapers that he developed Alf's voice, to appear more "working class" he said.

Now I’m a lover of British comedy and a lover of the British working class sense of humour, the ingenuity or verbal skill that has the power to evoke laughter, two things you must have or develop if you dabble in the world of politics, a thick skin and a good sense of humour helps. I hope to wright something more about comedy and politics further in the near future probably after the general election, which brings me to the point of this post.

Last night I was thinking about this general election and who do the three mainstream party leaders remind me off in the world of comedy? Well how about the original cast of Last of the Summer Wine. The original trio consisted of Bill Owen as the scruffy and child-like Compo, and reminds me of Brown, Peter Sallis as deep-thinking, meek Norman Clegg is the Liberal leader and Michael Bates the authoritarian and snobbish Blamire fits Cameron like a glove.

1 comment:

RickB said...

And Nora Batty's wrinkled stockings are UKIP?

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