Living in Europe for over a year now, I've had ample opportunity to watch lots of BBC 'comedy' shows. I find AbFab, the Young Ones, etc., stultifyingly un-funny. They are from the "God, aren't we hilarious." school of acting, which is, of course, the kiss of death, comedy-wise. Nothing but mugging and poorly-executed pratfalls. Give me any Seinfeld or any Simpsons any day. Americans seemed to have learned how to get intelligent laughs out of irony and satire in way that has eluded -- or escaped -- the Brits. As for who's funny, I go back to Sid Caesar, though his material doesn't hold up as well today as Jackie Gleason's still does. Guys like Buddy Hackett and Dom DeLouise were funny saying almost anything. Ever heard recordings of Woody Allen's standup routines? Killer. I have a special place in my heart for Steve Martin -- and Steve Allen, for that matter. Jim Carrey aside, almost none of the current youngsters know what comedy is. Adam Sandler is President-For-Life of the Thank You, Lord Club (He succeeds Tony Danza). Didn't every one of us go to high school with someone just like Sandler -- only funnier?
James in Paris.