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Phil

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Re: BBC and Birmingham's "ugly buildings"
« Reply #99 on: October 28, 2008, 09:52:55 PM »
Jasper

I think I read like Billy Connolly he started out on the folk club circuit, but the same as Connolly he found that his jokes went down better than his folk songs so he changed over.

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Re: BBC and Birmingham's "ugly buildings"
« Reply #100 on: October 28, 2008, 11:50:39 PM »
Jasper,

You are clearly a most discerning lady Tommy Cooper was terrifis - he made me laugh without doing anything, just by ''being there''.

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Re: BBC and Birmingham's "ugly buildings"
« Reply #101 on: October 29, 2008, 07:54:57 AM »
Tommy Cooper......by doing something wrong. he did something right...J2... ;D
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Re: BBC and Birmingham's "ugly buildings"
« Reply #102 on: October 29, 2008, 08:36:08 AM »
Cant remember if it was Her Majestys or the Palladium now but 1967
a group of us went to London for the weekend, well never have I laughed
so much as we all did that night, we where in stitches...Tommy Cooper
will never be forgotten and there will never be another as good..........

Oh different bloke Danny Kaye B,ham Hipp. show should have finished 10.30
the audience was still in tucks at 1am..The taxi,s did well that night cos
the buses had finished...Two brilliant comedians of a different ilk..........

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Re: BBC and Birmingham's "ugly buildings"
« Reply #103 on: October 29, 2008, 11:55:28 AM »
Jasper

As they say, Tommy walked on to the stage and the audience broke out in to fits of laughter. There were only a few who could do that. Continuing what you said about Danny Kaye. Ken Dodd is another one like that, once he is on stage they can't get him off. I think his last time in Birmingham he ran more than 2 hours over.

Concerning Birmingham Hippodrome my Nan used to work there and used to get complimentary tickets to all the shows. I saw many great stars of the past there. Many that I cannot remember, but the ones that stuck in the mind of a five year old are Roy Rogers, Guy Mitchell, Davy Crockett (Fess Parker) Howard Keel, The list goes on. I don't know how I would react today, but all those years ago it was wonderful entertainment.

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Re: BBC and Birmingham's "ugly buildings"
« Reply #104 on: October 29, 2008, 03:31:54 PM »
Phil

You were a very lucky lad to see all those people, very very lucky - one of my greatest regrets is that I never saw Tommy Cooper live - the price of moving around - I saw Bernard M a lot ans got to know him reasonably well...I had fee entry to the Embassy, he was a very decent man who helped a lot of people - because of his ''apparent racism'' very few people would have believed how much he helped the Manchester black community....bet that's a surprise to a few on here.

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Re: BBC and Birmingham's "ugly buildings"
« Reply #105 on: October 29, 2008, 07:54:33 PM »
Morning Phil. Sorry mate but Ken Dodd can take a running jump at himself
he is/was my husbands cousin and was in B,ham while I was in Hospital
(4 months) he never even sent a card let alone popped in to say hello.
His Mum was at our Wedding so it was,nt as if we did,nt know him......
Now the Hippodrome, next door was the Thespians Club and a lot of the
stars used to go there to relax..Danny Kaye was in one day and he and I
had a game of table tennis tog..just an ordinary pleasant  Hi there chap*
So ordinary I never thought about an Autograph..kickkick

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Re: BBC and Birmingham's "ugly buildings"
« Reply #106 on: October 29, 2008, 08:05:36 PM »
tramp

It doesn't surprise me at all what you say about Bernard Manning, I didn't think he was racist at all. When all the other comedians stopped telling jokes about the Irish, the blacks, Pakistan's and all the other countries in the world did that mean they were no longer racist overnight.

When a Pakistani tells a joke about a Pakistani, is that racist? I find the whole thing ridiculous. Humour is Humour, Why has racism got to be dragged into everything?

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Re: BBC and Birmingham's "ugly buildings"
« Reply #107 on: October 29, 2008, 08:08:12 PM »
Jasper

So it doesn't run in the family then, being funny ?

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Re: BBC and Birmingham's "ugly buildings"
« Reply #108 on: October 29, 2008, 08:13:53 PM »
NO its a hard job and I have,nt got a scriptwriter either.........

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Re: BBC and Birmingham's "ugly buildings"
« Reply #109 on: October 30, 2008, 02:52:32 AM »
Phil,

I agree with you - it's often indicative of mealy-mouthed hypocrisy  - when these comic greasers turn over a new leaf - it's still the same book, but now looks less coherent than ever.

With respect to jokes about people of the joker's race or nationality - the best Russian, Jewish and Irish jokes are about themselves.  I bought the ''Official Irish Book of Jokes'' in Dublin, and it definitely has the best Irish jokes I ever came across, while the best Russian (Soviet era) and Jewish jokes were told me by Russians and Jews.   Don't we actually respect people, as a race or nation, as well as an individual for the abilty to laugh at themselves/himself - I know I do.......if that is construed as applauding racism or religious bigotry, on the one hand I'm sad that the narrow minded wee prats who say that have sunk so low, and on the other, I'm pleased and proud to know such jokers!