The first time I read a book that made me laugh until I cried, it was courtesy of my seatmate on the airplane to Japan. He introduced me to James Herriot and within minutes, I sniggered away like a frat boy on a panty raid. I didn’t even care about the dirty glances we received. (We tried to be quiet, but I think the rest of the plane contemplated murder by swizzle stick by the time we landed.) I had discovered British comedy in the tales about a newly-minted British vet. My life was forever changed.*
I have a ton more of their work to explore *rubs hands with glee*, but these are the best I’ve seen so far. (Can I just say, for the record, I love Youtube?)
First, one for the Pride and Prejudice lover. Please watch it. It’s only two minutes long.
Hee. In case you didn’t read the comments, that song at the end is Britney Spears’s Hit Me Baby One More Time.
Next, you all know how fond I am of Daniel Craig’s James Bond. (Wasn’t he smokin’ hot in Casino Royale?) Well if they’re going to make parodies like this one, I can handle it, baby!
So who are your favorite comedic writers? Do you tend to favor comedy that arises from one locale over another? Are there any other British comedy gems you could recommend to me, either in print or video form? Had you already heard of Mitchell and Webb and I’m just behind the cultural 8-ball? Again.
*My favorite is the story of Tricky Woo in All Creatures Great and Small. These are Molly-approved, too.