Friday, 27 March 2015

The Young Ones

It seems that every generation has it's comedy zeitgeist; whether it be The Goon Show, That Was The Week That Was, Monty Python, The Goodies, Vic and Bob, Little Britain or The Mighty Boosh.  A group of comedians turn up and say just the right things with just the right amount of humour to capture the times.  For me and mine it was The Young Ones.

4 student housemates, violent punk Vyvyan (Adrian Edmondson), depressed hippie Neil (Nigel Planer), pretentious anarchist wannabe (P)Rick (Rik Mayall) and smooth wideboy Mike (Christopher Ryan). Alongside them were arranged a comedy who's who of the era including Alexei SayleBen Elton, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. Over two series of 6 episodes each the quartet unleashed much needed comedic chaos over the British airwaves creating legions of fans and detractors each as vehemently entrenched in their position as the other.

Much of it does feel a tad dated today but it's also still wickedly funny and ridiculously creative.

So, two videos to share with you.
The first is the most beloved episode, 'Bambi', which opened the second series.  Many of the others are available on YouTube and are well worth tracking down or buying at the link below.  The second video is an episode of the TV series 'Comedy Connections' which gives a nice little potted history of the show and it's cast.

Buy it here - The Young Ones - Series 1-2 [DVD]


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