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SERIOUSLY NOT THAT FUNNY


I am sick of being downtrodden because this is seen as a national treasure, it is so unfunny, and is devoid of wit. The stereotypes just get irritating after a while, and this cr*p went out for ten years. Doesn't anyone else agree?

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Nope.

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No way.

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Oh my goodness, the French speak funny, lets make fun of them and have every joke revolve around the fact that they're French and lets do essentially the same joke for the next ten years.

Yes, urine inducingly funny, isn't it?

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If someone doesn't agree with you - when you invited diverse opinion in the first place - why do you have to be so sarcastic?

I love it, but if someone else doesn't then that's fine. Get over yourself!

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If any nationality is unfairly treated in the programme, it isn't the French - the entire thing can be read as a running gag against the English, if anything!

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Yeah I suppose, it just seems like a very bad pantomime to me, and the fact that it ran for a decade is telling of the level of comedy in this country before Ben Elton came along.

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If you don't like this show, then why did you visit this board? Don't tell me.....to piss everyone off and start a nasty argument. Well, do yourself a favor and take your arguments somewhere where people actually give a damn.

~Kathy from America, who adores this show

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Well here's the irony: it's shown in Belgium and they love it. Although for some reason, a lot of them think the show is set in Belgium.

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Thanks, merrimoles, looks like you're correct. I've just checked the Secret Army entry on imdb and it shows that the series was shown in 1979 on Belgium TV.

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Now that was a good show.

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The fact that you think Ben Elton is funny just sums it up. He, as a stand up comedian, is bloody boring and uses it to push his left wing twaddle down our throats, and as such things like Blackadder are no more than a piss take of English history despite it trying to redeem itself in the last episode. Not even Mr Elton was stupid enough to make fun of World War One heroes.

Allo Allo was actually taking the micky out of the films & TV series that had been made along the same lines, and not of the real life situation itself.

Perhaps it's because it represents a more traditional form of English comedy that you don't find it funny - i.e. it's actually funny and is thankfully free of political correctness. Yeah, I'd stick to Ben Elton's twaddle if I were you - modern and UNFUNNY!

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"...and as such things like Blackadder are no more than a piss take of English history despite it trying to redeem itself in the last episode. Not even Mr Elton was stupid enough to make fun of World War One heroes."

And English history is untouchable? No offence but that is silly. English history is full of amusing evens such as Earl Godwin's death:

Godwin (Talking to King Edward while eating bread): They say I killed your brother. If this be true may God let me choke on this piece of bread. *Chokes and dies*.

'The Blackadder' was a great show (not started by Ben Elton). I do agree that 'Blackadder Goes Fourth' is the best season but the other seasons are good and joke about odd aspects of the past. There is no need for the nationalistic view that comedies about English (or British) history are an insult to the nation. That isn't the case.




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The Count

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You don't have to watch it. If you don't like it, do something else.
I hate the Simpsons, so I don't watch it. But I am not going to carry on ranting and raving and putting everyone down, because they like it.
Grow up. Learn to read.
We all have different tastes.
Find something else to vent your spite on.

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I quite agree with you,"Where is ze picture of ze Madonna with the big tits?" Ha, ha, bloody ha. Complete crap.

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'Allo 'Allo is one of the funniest damn shows I've ever seen. If you don't find it funny, don't watch it! Pretty simple, eh!

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As funny as scraping the enamel off your teeth with a razor blade.

But different strokes and all that.

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Just been checking up on the cast (I came here cos I just saw an excruciating snippet of it on the tellybox) - the only one who's had any sort of career since this tripe finished is Guy Siner, and he's been in some very strange things. What a talented cast, eh?

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With Allo Allo it isn't a case of not watching it, it's on pretty much all the time on any chanel that will have it and it seems to be such an integral part of British comedy so I must have some 'duty' to love it. Quite pathetic really, I can think of funnier funerals I've been to.

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The only one who's had any sort of career since this tripe finished is Guy Siner, and he's been in some very strange things. What a talented cast, eh?
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Richard Gibson (Herr Flick), Vicki Michelle (Yvette) and Gorden Kaye (Rene) have all enjoyed prolific acting careers since 'Allo 'Allo finished. They have done a lot of theatre work and they have appeared on T.V. quite often. Just because someone is not always on the telly, does that mean their careers are over? No, of course it doesn't.

So no, Guy Siner (Lt. Gruber) isn't the only one who has had a successful acting career. Sam Kelly (Capt. Hans Geering) has been in several sitcoms since the end of the programme, as well as dramas. Sue Hodge (Mimi LaBonque) has set up some sort of Drama college with her husband.

But if you hate it that much, why watch it in the first place? Don't put yourself through hell...it would only cause you pain :-D

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Actually, Sam Kelly is a good actor - he was very good in Mike Leigh's 'All or Nothing', and I've seen him in a couple of stage productions.

But generally, I think my comments are correct - you mention theatrical success, but where - are we talking the creatively moribund territory of popular theatre or rep? I know a fair bit about the theatrical scene and attend regularly - I cannot recall the names of any of the cast crossing my path.

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Mr. Kelly is going to be in a panto for the next couple of months, the reviews start tomorrow (11/29). It's called Dick Whittington's Cat and it will play at the Barbicon (sp?) in London. He's been in several theatrical performances over the last few years, most with rave reviews. And if you can catch him in an episode of Black Books, alongside Annette Crosby, he's quite funny (Moo-Ma and Moo-Pa). Barbara was so-so, but with some funny parts. Good acting can make anything work, I guess. lol

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I think it started out being, seriously, very funny.

The first series was great as a spoof of Secret Army. The 2nd, 3rd and maybe 4th series were all hilarious as they expanded on, and re-worked the original joke.

But after a while the jokes got repeated and recycled so often that they got tired. Most of the truly great British comedies ran for 12, 18 or 24 episodes. 'A-'A went on for 85 episodes which was possibly 50-60 too many.

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'Only Fools and Horses' ran even longer than 'allo 'allo and it turned out to be one of the best Bristish series ever.

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Oh! Oh the irony! I am of French, Polish, but most directly German descent, and I found 'Allo 'Allo to be one of the better comedies of this era. I just couldn't stop laughing!


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The guy who started this thread probebly doesnt understand the humour.....im guessing he enjoys politically correct dumbed down american "comedies"

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I like the show but I agree that it's not very funny.

The laugh track is especially annoying (as it always is). Would an audience really laugh hilariously when Michelle says listen carefully I'll only say this only once for the 20th time?

I like the show because it is well written satire. I like the continuing storyline and the structure of the show. In it's own way, Allo Allo is very intelligently written and produced. Yeah, it's over the top and goofy but it's supposed to be.

Allo Allo is similar to the Vicar of Dibley to me- not very funny but entertaining. They're also two shows that I wouldn't want to admit to anyone that I watch. Instead, I would admit to loving Spaced, The Royale Family, and of course, Blackadder and Fawlty Towers.

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TheApostle:

The laugh track is especially annoying (as it always is). Would an audience really laugh hilariously when Michelle says listen carefully I'll only say this only once for the 20th time?


merriemoles:
They evidently would (and did), because AA always had a live audience, not a laugh track added later.



I couldn't find a reference anywhere online that Allo Allo was filmed in front of a live audience. Where did you read/hear that? DVDs?

It sounds like a laugh track to me. It may be a live audience with an added laugh track. The outdoor scenes are obviously a laugh track and not a live audience.

In "The Gateau from the Chateau" (season 2, episode 3) during the scene in the billiard room, Michelle delivers her line (listen carefully I'll only say this only once) and no one in the audience laughs. There is silence. Why would an audience suddenly find that line not funny when previously they cracked up on cue?

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Yeah. And sometimes they wait for the audience to stop laughing before they continue with what they're gonna say

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The original poster has a right to criticize this show if he wants to and can come back to the thread as many times as he wants. These message boards are not fan forums but discussion forums.

I love this show, however. It is a great spoof of anther great show;'Secret Army'.

Regards,
The Count

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The outdoor scenes are obviously a laugh track and not a live audience.





Actually your wrong. The location scenes are filmed without an audiance, and are then shown on monitors to the same live audiance that watch the indoor scenes being filmed.

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the show is very good. It's a shame what comedy has become these days!

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It´s all a question of taste and oppinion,right?If you don´t like it,what´s the point of asking others why they like it,either you do or you don´t.Allo´Allo´is a all-time great classic.Compared to most crap sitcoms aired today it´s even ingenious.

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I think the interesting point is that it's a mixture of parody (in this case, of Secret Army) and sitcom.

I recently watched it after first seeing it when it actually ran for the first time, and have to say I was surprised how funny it still was in places.

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