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In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#1  Postby quisquose » Nov 04, 2011 9:07 am

I have always been very grateful for the talents of Dave Allen. Not only did he make me laugh, but he was also as important as Monty Python in allowing me to laugh at my own beliefs before dismissing them.

Anyway, whenever I discussed him with friends I always recalled a particular sketch where he discovers a £10 note stuck under a car tyre. But it was never available online, probably due to the fact that it fails to make an appearance on any of the DVDs that have been released.

I was at my parent's house recently and discovered a Dave Allen VHS tape that I had bought for my dad 20 years ago, and to my delight this sketch was on it. Although the quality is not fantastic, I was determined to transfer this to digital format, and upload my first ever YouTube video. Here it is:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA-iF45pOlI[/youtube]

Feel free to add your appreciation of this great man.
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#2  Postby rJD » Nov 04, 2011 9:15 am

One of the best comics of that era, who still stands up well.

"May your god go with you".
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#3  Postby chairman bill » Nov 04, 2011 9:15 am

Brilliant stuff.
“There is a rumour going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.” Terry Pratchett
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#4  Postby Onyx8 » Nov 04, 2011 9:31 am

Absolutely.

Although my parents, nominally christian, did little in the indoctrination game to me, when I used to lie on the floor in front of the tv and laugh to Dave Allen with my family, it always struck a chord with me when he ended every show with "May your god go with you".

Even as a child I got that different people have different gods.

This was also during the 'Irish troubles' as I recall, no? A pacifying comment indeed.
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#5  Postby Doubtdispelled » Nov 04, 2011 9:45 am

:smile: Thanks for that, Quisquose! I loved Dave Allen. He was not only talented but very good to look at, and his manner of delivery always made me think that he would have been easy to get on with IRL. You've made me think that perhaps some dvds of his show should be in my collection. :plot: Ah yes, christmas is coming up!

But 'thank god I'm an atheist'. :grin:
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#6  Postby rJD » Nov 04, 2011 9:48 am

Onyx8 wrote:"May your god go with you".

Even as a child I got that different people have different gods.

Yes, that was really powerful - so quietly, gently, subversive.
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#7  Postby Animavore » Nov 04, 2011 9:48 am

When I was a child I wasn't allowed watch him. Why to parents pique our childish interest so?
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#8  Postby Onyx8 » Nov 04, 2011 9:49 am

Well said rJD.
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#9  Postby quisquose » Nov 17, 2011 10:31 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E21zQIv0U7Y[/youtube]
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#10  Postby Animavore » Nov 17, 2011 10:38 pm

:lol: I don't think a British comic would ever have treated Stonehenge with such disregard.
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#11  Postby hackenslash » Nov 17, 2011 10:43 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IfoUM6a4bA[/youtube]

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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#12  Postby Beatsong » Nov 17, 2011 11:18 pm

Animavore wrote::lol: I don't think a British comic would ever have treated Stonehenge with such disregard.


THINK AGAIN: :)

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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#13  Postby Animavore » Nov 17, 2011 11:22 pm

:rofl:

Without clicking it I know what it is. Hilarious.
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#14  Postby quisquose » Nov 17, 2011 11:42 pm

Animavore wrote::lol: I don't think a British comic would ever have treated Stonehenge with such disregard.


He was abusing dwarfs for comedy purposes long before Ricky Gervais.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBL5vp2BwDg[/youtube]
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#15  Postby proudfootz » Nov 17, 2011 11:55 pm

Yes! I used to watch this brilliant man on Canadian television when I was young.

Having been raised in a Catholic household it was a good thing my Dad didn't know what I was watching...

ETA: I thought I knew how it was going to end - predicted at the 1:00 mark that the car belonged to the owner of the cafe who deliberately put the money there to improve business.
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#16  Postby proudfootz » Nov 18, 2011 12:06 am

quisquose wrote:
Animavore wrote::lol: I don't think a British comic would ever have treated Stonehenge with such disregard.


He was abusing dwarfs for comedy purposes long before Ricky Gervais.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBL5vp2BwDg[/youtube]

Does The Two Ronnies count?
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Re: In Appreciation Of Dave Allen

#17  Postby Onyx8 » Nov 18, 2011 1:12 am

Ah quisquose (et al) I do love these.

ps I hope you haven't lost your old avatar, it was one of my faves.
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