The Detectives was a comedy show which aired in the UK betweem 1993-7. I loved it.
As soon as I heard the word today, I thought of “without hesitation, repetition, deviation” – the three cornerstones of an institutional UK comedy radio quiz called “Just a Minute”.
The plan was that one of the celebrity contestants had to speak for a minute on a particular subject (given to them by the host). It was very near impossible to speak for a whole minute (my mother could have done it 😉), although the attempts made for a hilarious show.
The BBC now has several radio stations, one of which is a talk station called Radio Four. This is the original format, reminiscent of a hundred years ago, and it is probably the most highbrow station in the UK today, but each weekday evening, from 6:30PM – 7PM, they have a Comedy Half Hour. Just a Minute fitted into this slot, once a week. I don’t know whether it still does – its longtime presenter, a guy called Nicholas Parsons (a legend in the UK) died earlier this year, aged 96.
There are many clips of this show on YouTube, but most of them are full, half-hour shows. But I found this short clip (under a minute), just to give a taster. We’ve all heard of Graham Norton, right?
for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), deviate.
Daughter’s cat is still prone to being bad-tempered at times, although she is much improved from her original state of just being pissed all the time.
But while my wife was in the toilet, she was uppity again this morning, after she (cat) had wandered inon her (wife). With my best poetic hat on, I said:
Did she start hissing,
while you were pissing?
My wife was using the toilet just prior to driving over to see her mother. Not to be outdone, she replied:
I’d better get going,
Before it starts snowing.
It’s not gonna snow today, but, you know… license. And then, amazed at her own poetic ability, she added:
See? I can do it too,
But not as well as you.
Q. What is the difference between a hippo and a zippo?
A. One is really heavy, the other is a little lighter.
She’s a current British comedian (from Newcastle) who puts a funny slant on a serious issue: