Thursday, December 25, 2008

Another Christmas treat

The Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show was the centrepiece of the festive season during my 1970s childhood. There is one clip in particular I've been looking for - a very simple little gag from, I think, the opening of one of the Christmas specials. Eric and Ernie are decked out in white tie and tails, and standing very sombrely each behind a pair of kettle drums. Music begins to play and Ernie pounds out a vigorous flourish on his drums. Eric's turn comes to repeat the figure with even greater gusto..... and we discover that his drums are in fact open vats of milk, so that when he beats on their surface he gets completely soaked. One of the most gloriously silly visual jokes I have seen - it still brings a warm glow to the heart 30 years later.

But I couldn't find that, alas. So, here instead is the classic 'André Preview' skit. Possibly the best punchline ever??


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you didn't choose the same M & W clip as I did (next Sunday).

Froog said...

Oh, I wait with bated breath.

I was also very tempted by 'Singin' In The Rain' and the breakfast dance.... but I'm sure your tastes are far less predictable than mine.