Women, Know Your Limits.

Video Link. A cautionary tale for all womankind, from the mid-90s BBC show "Harry Enfield and Chums" (Thanks, Richard Metzger!)



  1. These sketches were the funniest part of the show. They feel more like the work of Paul Whitehouse (The Fast Show) than Enfield though.

    There’s another one giving advice on how to get restless children to go to sleep: GIVE THEM GIN. Classic, have never been able to track it down online.

  2. Seriously though, we should return to the gold standard. ^_^

    I think I’ve been to those parties!

    Me too. They’re called yuppies, and they make me feel uncomfortable and awkward in ways that group sex parties in warehouse lofts never do.

    Never. I can’t live the button-down life like you. I want it all: the terrifying lows, the dizzying highs, the creamy middles. Sure, I might offend a few of the bluenoses with my cocky stride and musky odors — oh, I’ll never be the darling of the so-called “City Fathers” who cluck their tongues, stroke their beards, and talk about “What’s to be done with this Homer Simpson?

  3. It’s just like a woman to post an old video that was funny up until the fifth time we saw it, and then faded from our memories. Good thing YouTube isn’t like driving or people would die at worst, and would have to get out of the car to parallel park at best. We could all learn a lesson or two from the above video.

  4. With all of the recent uke “girls”, the rape can be a fun game, and the prevalence of very young Asian girls on boing, boing recently, I can’t help but wonder – Satire or simply (and unfortunately not enough) hyperbole?

  5. I’m most fond of kittens.

    Which proves that one can be sweet and the most ballsy boingboinger ever. God knows that I don’t want to go all mushy but having been raised by a woman and a cat…

    My mom, born in 1909, in such a situation as describe in the video, would have simply raised her eyebrows slightly and gone with a just loud enough “Ha!” for all that silly, thoughtless talk to stop in that instant. Gold standard…

  6. This is what they still teach in the Vatican, british Bishop Williamson also talks about the the overheating of the female brain.
    But then of course he also famously denies the Holocaust.
    Celibacy can do weird things to you and probably messes with your brain. A lot.

  7. So does this mean the FRS will be moving to a kitten standard? My broker is an idiot. He tells me there is no kitten futures market! How can that be?

  8. Don’t worry, the Kitten, Unicorn and Faerie standard will soon be implemented across exchanges worldwide.

    You’ll soon be able to trade pixie dust and cuddly warm kittens along with old standby’s such as Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.

  9. I VERY rarely laugh out loud, or even giggle to myself, while sitting alone at the computer. (Laughter is social for me; while it’s not exactly voluntary, I hardly ever do it when I’m alone, for some reason.)

    However, “Look at these venomous harridans” made me laugh out loud. In fact I laugh again every time I think it.

    I fear I may now have what BITD we called a “wombat keyword.”

  10. @Xopher, I had the same experience the first time I saw this a few years back. The effect has persisted ever since.

  11. I remember watching this on TV, all those years ago. There are plenty of sketches with Mr Chumney-Warner like this. I think there was another one called Women: Don’t drive!

  12. @17; these are English comedians deliberately mangling the cut-glass vowels of the era and class being portrayed.

  13. This seems… familiar… Has this been posted before? I remember it on a website, but I can’t think of any place I frequent that this would have been posted before…

  14. It isn’t plummy it’s LIMEY.
    And yes, that is how we all speak.(never begin a sentence with “and” as it is a conjunctive.)

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