5 British Comedies, Like Noises Off

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'Noises Off' is the comic masterpiece revealing the goings-on of a Z-list touring theatre company attempting to mount the somewhat dire bedroom farce, 'Nothing On'.


Will two separate love triangles, a dipsomaniac, and lost contact lenses prevent the show from going on? In fact, with this cast of misfits, will the curtains even open? It's a classic British bedroom farce that will make you wonder how any show gets on stage. And what better show to mark Brisbane Arts Theatre's 1,000th production?

Noises Off2Starring in the show, Damien Campagnolo highlights his fave 5 British comedies. “Growing up in the '70s and '80s watching the ABC gave me a wonderful appreciation for British comedy. I’ve always found English humour to be far better than the American sitcoms as it is smarter and funnier! Watching these shows as a youngster led me to love playing comedic roles on stage now.”

The Two Ronnies

Friday nights couldn’t come quick enough, a weekly treat starring a couple of comedic geniuses, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. Their comic timing and routines were second to none. “It’s goodnight from me and it’s goodnight from him.”


Dave Allen At Large

Dave Allen was a magnificent storyteller and a master joke teller. A sketch show by an Irishman who loved a tall tale, he would sit in front of an audience with a cigarette in one hand and a scotch in the other. After each story there'd be a few sketches, and then repeat. He was known as a controversial sit down stand up comedian.


Men Behaving Badly

Starring Martin Clunes aka Doc Martin (for those young people playing at home), this show is about Gary (Clunes) who is on the verge of breaking up with his girlfriend Dorothy. Gary shares a flat with his mate Dermot (Harry Enfield). Dermot is interested in Deborah, the woman who lives in the flat upstairs. By Season 2 Dermot moves on and is replaced by Tony (Neil Morrissey). Gary and Tony like alcohol, women and lazing about (who doesn’t?).


Black Books

Starring Dylan Moran, Bill Bailey and Tasmin Greig. If you’ve ever worked in a customer service role like me, you MUST see this show. It tells the story of Bernard Black (Moran) the owner of a bookstore who has, let's say a slightly unorthodox way of dealing with people. Bernards only friends are Manny (Bailey) and Fran (Greig), together they are as equally dysfunctional as each other and that’s what makes them work.


The IT Crowd

Written by the creator of 'Black Books '(Graham Linehan) this show is just as much fun. It follows Roy – an IT Geek (Chris O’Dowd), Moss – even bigger IT Geek (Richard Ayoade), and Jen – their boss who knows nothing about computers (Katherine Parkinson). They work at Reynholm Industries in the IT Department located in the basement of the building. The head of Reynholm Industries, Denholm Reynholm (Chris Morris) is arrogant and loud and borderline crazy.  He exits at the end of Season 1 (out of a window) and is replaced by his son Douglas Reynholm (Matt Berry) who is equally as loud and ridiculous, less of a business man but more in touch with having fun. If you watch this you will discover what the internet really looks like – plus you'll get a good laugh.


'Noises Off' plays Brisbane Arts Theatre, 4 July – 15 August.

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