55 minus 21: Moreover, another Saturday Smile

Posted: 27 July 2019 in 55 minus, saturday smiles
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Long before I started the countdown blogs, every so often, on a Saturday, I’d put up some YouTube videos or some single panel editorial cartoons, or even some ‘funny newspaper headlines’… some silliness, anyway.

Silliness, even in the roughest of times, the worst of days, is never unimportant. Indeed, as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to appreciate silliness as one of the best, the most superlative, things about humanity.

And after the week we’ve all had, we deserve some silliness; here’s a few bits of silliness from some of my favourite musical comedians.

Obviously Mitch Benn goes right at the top this week, expressing some frustration with the people who wanted something, got it, and then blame everyone else for it being shit

Here’s Richard Stilgoe, ably assisted by Peter Skellern, with a song about the Church of England: Mrs Beamish


Rich Hall is smart, funny, nice, and loves what he can do with language. Of course I like him enormously. I always think of this song as ‘Goddamn Working Dog’, but it’s officially titled The Border Collie Song

Carly Smallman is funny, filthy and lovely. And here she is on being self-employed: Ten Minutes of Work


Nick Doody is one of smartest comedians, hell, he’s one of the smartest people I know. Wickedly funny, with a weird way of looking at the world. Here he is on Clowns

And here’s another of Stilgoe’s songs, performed by the mezzo-soprano Liz Ryan. I love this version of the song… the tale of Joyce The Librarian

I’ll return to the usual ‘not solely musical comedians’ for next week’s Saturday Smile but I’ll probably do another one, since there are so bloody many good muscial comedians out there.

If you want to see some of them, and can be in London on the first Tuesday night of the month¹ come along to The Distraction Club. We’ve got lots there…

See you tomorrow, with something else.

This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting down to my fifty-fifth birthday on 17th August 2019. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here.

¹Not the first Tuesday in August; everyone’s up in Edinbugh for the Fringe. But the rest of the year, first Tuesday of every month, we’re at The Phoenix, Cavendish Square, W1. Doors open at 7:30pm

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