Continuing on from yesterday’s theme that comedy from the 1980s resonates today much more than feels comfortable.
Here’s Phil Hartman’s Reagan on
Saturday Night Live, in a sketch which aired the night before Regan resigned, on 28th February 1987.
And here he is again, playing Robert MacFarlane, in a sketch from 16th May 1987.
It’s depressing how relevant 80s political comedy seems to be today. Take this clip from
Friday Night Live with Harry Enfield as Stavros.
Or this one from
Or this one.
The way After Eights are advertised is a bit weird. Take this commercial, for example, from the 1970s.
Aside from being a bit unsettling, like all old adverts, it’s quite misleading. After Eights were only invented in 1962, so chances are, she didn’t have them as a child.
This one from 1985 seems to be trying to claim that After Eights are sentient creatures.
I think that’s more disturbing than the pig who wants to be eaten in Hitchhikers. And it brings a whole new meaning to Mr Creosote. That ‘waffer thin meent’ was on a suicide mission.
Then there’s this one, about a Butler who is so ill-treated and poorly paid, that he has to concoct ghost stories in order to eat.
Or this one, where rich people are so in-bred that they are trying to play roulette with chocolate thin mints.
Apparently there was once an After Eight Chocolate Orange Thin, but I don’t think I ever had the pleasure.
I’ve long thought that Jennifer Lawrence should make more comedy.
As should Chris Hemsworth.
After an absent week, due to a Windows update taking about a fortnight to install, we’re back with a new episode of
, the podcast where we work out what’s the opposite of something that doesn’t have a natural opposite. This time round, we tackle Calippos, deerstalkers, and fish fingers. setisoppO
During the shenanigans, we make references to a series of adverts like this one.
He’s the captain of the Fish Finger, don’t you know? Also, I half-remembered having a salmon fish finger, which it seems did exist.
That’s Vic & Bob doing the voices of the cod fingers of course.