Is this the best UK comedy sketch of the 1970s?

Dave Allen was an Irish comedian popular in the UK from the 1960s until his death in 2005. His reputation is as a cantankerous irreligious fellow, but this family-friendly moment is widely held to be his best sketch. Someone on YouTube thinks it's the best British TV comedy sketch of the 1970s. There's some pretty stiff competition on that front, if you ask me. (Mastermind, from The Two Ronnies, is the best British comedy sketch of the 1980s. Dead Parrot was 1969.)

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  1. An old colleague of mine remembered him playing the Grand Opera House in Belfast:

    "See this watch? Shockproof. Shockproof. Look -"

    [holds the watch up, shouts at it:]

    "THE POPE MASTURBATES!"

    [shows watch to audience]

  2. daneel says:

    It's overplayed, but I'd be surprised if Four Candles wasn't generally considered the best British 70s sketch.

  3. thekaz says:

    My parents used to watch Dave Allen.. the one that has always stuck with me is the skit where the priest comes to the door and a little girl answers. The priest says he is collecting for the orphanage and the little girl says "one minute" and walks away. A second later, you hear two gun shots and she comes back and says, "okay" and takes the priest hand and walks off...

  4. d_r says:

    I like Dave Allen, but the best British comedy sketch of the 70s was the Two Ronnies and Fork Handles:

  5. Write that down in your copybook now.

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