Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rowan Atkinson's schoolmaster sketch

After Unman. Wittering and Zigo, what comic sketch could I post but this?

In fact, the sketch contains a subtle nod to the film (and radio play): Zob is absent.

Dating from 1979, this is the first thing I ever saw Rowan Atkinson do. It is also the funniest thing I have ever seen him do. And note how he puts the heckler down without leaving character.

The Secret Policeman's Ball was one of a series of roughly annual evenings held to raise money for Amnesty International.

It featured several of my comic heroes: John Cleese, Peter Cook, Michael Palin and Terry Jones. They even got Mike Brearley up on the stage.

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