G&TV: Hattie Hayridge on Friday Night Live (08/04/1988) Quickies Posted by Jonathan Capps on 31st May 2020, 13:25 Considering Saturday Live is basically the primordial soup from which most of the 90s British comedy establishment first emerged, it should be no real surprise that many members of Dwarf royalty got if not their first, then certainly a good chunk of, their early TV exposure from the show. In fact, Chris Barrie’s episode as host in the first series is what kicked off G&TV to begin with. By the second series Ben Elton was on permanent hosting duties and by the third it had moved to Friday nights and added a ‘Night’ to the title, because why not. It’s in this series that Hattie Hayridge got what must’ve been her first TV appearance. We’ve set the start point of the video to Hattie’s set but the whole episode is worth a watch, with Harry Enfield (performing Stravros and Loadsamoney), Josie Lawrence and Julian Clary also appearing to name but the best ones. Every episode of this show you may stumble upon on YouTube (or any of the best of DVDs) is a goldmine for witnessing some of the earliest material from Britain’s most talented and exciting live performers of all time and Ben Elton. Hattie’s set is as funny as you’d expect, with her amazing ability to constantly take the audience of a loop of being disarmed with her deadpan delivery and then surprised by a sharp or daft punchline over and over again. She shows how ahead of her time she was in tone, too, with the only actually dated thing being a reference to electronics having Japanese-only instructions, and the rest of the gags are so rooted in her personality which is something you’d see a lot more of in the coming years just as soon as the Thatcher gags dried up around the late 90s. It’s frankly a crime she stand-up didn’t garner her more attention than it did, but there’s a reason why she’s held in high regard by her contemporaries and it’s worth being reminded of how funny and, crucially, how ‘not a female Norman Lovett’ she is.