Two minutes of satirical heaven.

2 November, 2008

I was rummaging around this site yesterday called Some of the Corpses Are Amusing. At first I dismissed them as the usual brand of self-serving pricks who hate every mainstream example of an art form for the sake of it, but the more I looked around, the more I appreciated their opinions and analyses, even if I disagreed with some of them. I definitely recommend checking them out if you are interested in comedy, even if they only focus on British comedy.

I digress. They drew attention a sketch on Not the Nine O’Clock News as one of the “Great Comedy Moments” of all-time. I was not disappointed. A little background: Oswald Mosley was a politician who wanted to turn Britain into a fascist nation in the 1930s. While not a Nazi per se, he was hugely influenced by another oppressive dictator, Mussolini. He died just a short time before this episode was broadcast, and as per usual with the more famous dregs of humanity (Jerry Falwell, anyone?), the press had nothing but nice things to say about him (The beginning of the sketch is sadly cut off in this video but you should still be able to enjoy it.)

You can read their full article yourself, I’d hate to steal their own ideas, but in two minutes they were able to cram all the insanity of Mosley, his supporters, and the reaction to his death. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what great comedy is all about.

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