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Video Link. Ronnie Corbett and Harry Enfield star in a sketch from The One Ronnie. (Thanks, Simon!)


  1. Every time I see a British comedy show, the working class blokes are all in brown coats. Is the brown overcoat a staple amongst British workers? Or is it some homage to the early days of TV there?

    1. Harry Enfield is wearing that staple of british working dress, the brown dustcoat… they also come in white, but that’s for less messy work environments…

    2. You must have very limited exposure to British Comedy shows :p

      It’s a throwback from the early to mid 20th century; generally worn by grocers and the like (possibly still is smaller backward villages?)

      It’s got nothing to do with links to other comedy shows, or even neccessarily the working class – it’s just iconic of old-school shop workers and green-grocers so does a good job of setting the scene and adding to the context of the skit.

      It’s the shopworkers equivelant of a matrons outfit – not worn anymore but instantly recognisable.

  2. The brown overcoat a staple amongst British workers, although it is usually removed when they go to the pub in the evening to toast the Queen’s health and sing “Chim Chiminee” around the piano.

  3. Long live music hall.

    Seeing this 21st Century-themed take on the old form gave me a feeling like I had when I realized that Ed Sullivan’s phrase “a really big shoo” was just him pronouncing the word “show” with its 19th Century alternate spelling “shew”–but in the 1970s.

    It’s a nostalgia that’s time-travelled from a place you’ve always read about, but never been.

    1. Blackberries are green until they begin to ripen, then transition to red then black. You generally want to leave them a day or two till they get a little soft, they’re sweeter then.

      That’s the problem here, of course. Somehow Ronnie’s got his hands on a beta.

  4. Ahha! I see what they did there!

    They took phrases and jargon modeled after real-world analogs and reverses engineered them back to their real world analogs.

    Let me try:
    Pilot 1: So what kind of bird are we flying today?
    Pilot 2: No birds today. We’re flying hornets! (holds up a hornet)
    Pilot 1: Looks a bit dangerous.
    Pilot 2: It’s a bit tricky, so you have to be light on the stick
    (holds up a stick)

    Hmmm…. I think I could write a program to do this…

  5. The other Ronnie (RIP) excelled at playing around with language. Nice to see Corbett (who was never as good as Barker, IMO) is keeping that style of comedy alive.

    1. Perhaps not but the two of them really worked well together. Barker’s characterisation and wordplay was very well complemented by the general humour and sillyness displayed by Corbett.

  6. Love it! Reminds me of the scene in “Porridge” when the new prisoner is told a fellow inmate’s nickname is “arsenic”. The new prisoner, Ronnie C. says “Oh a poisoner?” And Ronnie B. answers “No, sat on a razor blade”. They were just hilarious.

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