Double entendre were Shakespeare’s specialty. Oscar Wilde elevated ridicule to wit. Lewis Carroll turned satire into a children’s best-seller long before J.K. Rowling came along. They may boast of a stiff upper lip, but the Brits have always made room for ruthlessly witty comedy. Cult British comedies have become part of the culture. People speak the jokes at each other without bothering to explain, let alone quote the source. After all, saying “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition,” sounds far better than “shit happens”. If you haven’t already, it’s time to sharpen your wit on these must-see cult British comedies.
A must-see cult British comedy ensemble for anyone wanting to appreciate the core of British humor. Check out Monty Python’s Flying Circus! You’ll find many of their skits on You Tube. For a DVD collection, check out the 2009 “Best of Monty Python“. You can stream or buy the Monty Python’s movies, “The Life of Bryan” about the life of Jesus, and the “The Holy Grail” about King Arthur and the knights of the round table. The range of Monty Python humor is so varied everyone finds something to tickle their fancy. This edgy humor mocks pretentiousness and other human follies by pushing the ridiculous to extremes. Sometimes the skits go on too long, but that’s why you have a fast-forward button. This must-see cult British comedy will give you memorable scenes to replay (aloud, if you dare) at awkward, kill-me-now moments in your life.
What started as an idiotic British television series was elevated to a masterpiece when Ben Elton’s genius combined with Richard Curtis’ sense of comic drama to bring us the must-see cult British comedy, “Black Adder“. Cast as the eternal cynic surrounded by fools, Edmond Black Adder goes through history from the days of Queen Elizabeth to World War I. With each coming fiasco, his humor grows sharper and more revealing of life’s ironies. Skip the first season (and even the second), then watch season three (French Revolution) and four (WWI) in that order. Finish off with the movie special, Black Adder Back and Forth. This must-see cult British comedy will fill your mind with a sharp arsenal of humor that will serve you well all your days.
Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister
The most sophisticated and cuttingly accurate depiction of political life ever dramatized, this television and radio-drama must-see cult British comedy is exquisite. Want to understand current events better? Want to read between the lines when politicians speak? Watch this comedy. Each episode follows Minister (later, Prime Minster), Jim Hacker as he crosses swords with the bureaucracy of the civil service, trying to affect his own political agenda, typically to the detriment of his voters. Every episode is brilliant. Watch them all. You’ll walk away with witty, wise sayings and an uncanny ability to interpret human relationships insightfully.