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  • in reply to: Episode/s with the worst audience? #258409
    Taiwan Tony
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    I kind of agree with the obnoxious applause thing. It doesn’t work with repeated viewings.
    Possibly due to the show’s creator / writer being the director. Doug might have had his wrong hat on for that decision. Then again, it’s just a thought

    in reply to: Who has has a Red Dwarf dream? #258255
    Taiwan Tony
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    I just woke up from a dream in which Rimmer and Kryten were walking along a dark corridor. Rimmer was in his blue uniform and Kryten was a murky green. The main thing I remember is seeing Bobby picking the underwear out of his bum.
    Not my best dream.

    in reply to: Your Unpopular Red Dwarf Opinions #258090
    Taiwan Tony
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    Red Dwarf: Genisys.

    in reply to: Episode/s with the worst audience? #258064
    Taiwan Tony
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    I read that bit of the article completely differently. Like you were asking us “non-recording attendeesists” to fill our boots in a celebration of speculation, as well as reminding those that did attend (recordist attendeenantists?) to give nothing away.
    And it’s always good fun to guess something correctly.
    Different strokes.

    in reply to: How much of Red Dwarf consciously targets Americans? #257990
    Taiwan Tony
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    Anyone else got a hankering to see Death in the Meaning of Life say “You Americans… You talk and you talk, and you say ‘I just wanna say this.'”?

    I mean, I’m not a jingoist. I just like the bit.

    in reply to: Lost Dwarf #257869
    Taiwan Tony
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    The state of youth today…

    in reply to: real world cultural references in the series #257725
    Taiwan Tony
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    >WHAT?! Hahahahaha. You can go to any newsagents and buy a toffee crisp right now.

    Nah, they’re closed.

    in reply to: real world cultural references in the series #257724
    Taiwan Tony
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    RHLTP!

    That’s Herring all over. Quick to criticise comedy as he thinks he knows it all. Then you watch or listen to any of the stuff he’s written, (That Was Then…; Relativity; his hours of stand up) and you realise he’s very much
    just a keen amateur.

    in reply to: real world cultural references in the series #257553
    Taiwan Tony
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    Sensitive soul, isn’t he.
    I shall miss him. Again.
    It makes sense though. Once Rob and Doug had rinsed the original conceit of 2 people and a cat being stuck together in space of all its ideas, they’re going to look for inspiration from the wider world.
    I wouldn’t use the same hyperbolic language, mind. I’d perhaps have used a ‘broad’ or ‘light satire.’ Stuff like that. I mean, if you believe all the shit you read in cahiers du cinema, it’s possible Rob and Doug and Peter didn’t know what they were doing…. Or that they knew exactly.
    *Submits*
    (In all senses.)

    Taiwan Tony
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    It wasn’t mentioned in the dwarfcast was it.
    I think it was a fair jibe in keeping with the satire of Spitting Image, say.

    in reply to: real world cultural references in the series #257527
    Taiwan Tony
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    Has anyone compiled a list of lists that list the modern references in Red Dwarf…?
    And this is where it starts to get a little bit confusing.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf Script I've Written. #257506
    Taiwan Tony
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    Personally I liked it. A good piss-take. Tough crowd, though.

    Taiwan Tony
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    I’ll watch or listen to anything connected with Hugh Laurie, John Finnemore or Armando Iannucci except Gash.
    In an interview podcast, Armando has expressed a desire to create another sci-fi concept comedy or two. About AI and Robots…
    Perhaps his view of Red Dwarf has softened since getting the boxset for Christmas.

    in reply to: good or near-perfect line readings? #256996
    Taiwan Tony
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    Well I say let’s get out there and twat it.

    I mean, it got its own t shirt for fucks sake

    in reply to: good or near-perfect line readings? #256849
    Taiwan Tony
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    “You can’t have been a full member of the golf club, then.” I cite this one because it’s so easy to fuck it up and he does it excellently.

    in reply to: good or near-perfect line readings? #256816
    Taiwan Tony
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    Craig looking at the photographs of Robert’s erect penis was pretty perfect as well.

    in reply to: good or near-perfect line readings? #256815
    Taiwan Tony
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    I’ll second the Ohhhh dear.
    And I’ll add “And then, I’m going to have you.”
    Basic stuff, but perfect.

    in reply to: the Wall by John Lanchester #256626
    Taiwan Tony
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    *insert that gif of the bloke blinking here*

    I like John Lanchester’s novels. Might give it a go. Cheers.

    in reply to: New Ed Bye Interview on Talking Bottom #256543
    Taiwan Tony
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    Just wait til I show her how I pick up a vending machine.

    in reply to: New Ed Bye Interview on Talking Bottom #256530
    Taiwan Tony
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    I didn’t like his autobiography, apart from the odd excerpt. I liked the foreword and the chapter about his accident very much but that’s about it. But then, it was ghostwritten, so I’m not sure it even counts.
    I’m sad Ade hasn’t done another novel (for adults). My 6yo daughter loves his kids books. The Horse that Talked is her favourite read. I can’t wait to show her Bottom and TYO.

    in reply to: New Ed Bye Interview on Talking Bottom #256511
    Taiwan Tony
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    Hooligan’s Island is the best imo.
    This view was formed circa 2004 when I last saw them all, so it may not withstand close scrutiny or indeed further research on my own part.
    But fuck me, Weapons Grade Y Fronts is fucking terrible.
    While we’re on the subject, I’ve got a feeling that Rik didn’t do anything of much worth following his quad bike accident. I have a soft spot for the Bottom film, but I wouldn’t fight for it.
    His first appearance in Jonathan Creek was very good, though.

    Taiwan Tony
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    ^ I read that in the style of Hugh from the Armando shows. His legacy will live on.

    in reply to: Doctor Dwarf: The Books #255448
    Taiwan Tony
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    That’s disgusting

    in reply to: Doctor Dwarf: The Books #255443
    Taiwan Tony
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    Probably not.
    I’m going to buy his Fry & Laurie one.

    in reply to: Doctor Dwarf: The Books #255435
    Taiwan Tony
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    Today I read in a Blackadder-based book that the joke about making the earth a full stop was a joke/plot originally thought of by John “QI Etc.” Lloyd in an sci fi sitcom pilot.

    in reply to: How did it feel when Rob and Doug broke up with each other? #255434
    Taiwan Tony
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    I don’t think that imagery will help, somehow.

    in reply to: Brexit News #255274
    Taiwan Tony
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    Muesli

    in reply to: How did it feel when Rob and Doug broke up with each other? #255238
    Taiwan Tony
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    PS. What’s the condition?

    in reply to: How did it feel when Rob and Doug broke up with each other? #255237
    Taiwan Tony
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    I can answer this from my own point of view.
    I was okay with it until I saw series VII.
    I’d thought there would be 2 books Ref Dwarf published regularly instead of one. I was looking forward to Rob’s new sitcoms. I had no idea.

    Taiwan Tony
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    I’d never really given this the time of day.
    Might watch it now. Cheers.

    in reply to: I'd better, um, change the old bag, there #253949
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    in reply to: I'VE JUST CACKED ME PANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!111 #252348
    Taiwan Tony
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    Rob asking “Do I have permission to… poo myself, sirs.” Every time I see it I piss myself.

    in reply to: Car Pool #252030
    Taiwan Tony
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    Definitely agree that Michael J. Fox was a highlight.
    I had a thought: Red Dwarf and Seinfeld are the only DVD extras I’ve watched more than once.

    in reply to: Car Pool #252010
    Taiwan Tony
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    Hence the word hurdle, I guess. But it was very difficult to listen to. It stood out as being very shit. I seem to recall his entrance being shit for about a season. 5 or 6. Applause, unearned laughter. Just my opinion though. I might think it lasts longer than it does because of how terrible it is.
    Another mid season difference to my ears (this is my own opinion klaxon) was when Andy Ackerman first took over as director. There seemed like the introduction of canned laughter. Laughter at nothing… But that didn’t last long. I watched it a couple of years ago for the first time in 15 years or so, so I’m not claiming to be an expert.
    What did you think of the final season(s) of Curb’s original run, Dave? I don’t remember it being brilliant. I thought a couple were a bit shit. The orgasmy car… Was that the same as the periscope car? (Car Poo, more like!) Nothing on “beloved cunt”

    in reply to: Car Pool #251948
    Taiwan Tony
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    It got to a point when I realised I wasn’t enjoying every episode. I think it just ran out of steam. Another difficult hurdle was the applause on Kramer’s entry. Still one of the best things ever made, though. I must have been in an overly cynical mood yesterday.

    in reply to: Car Pool #251914
    Taiwan Tony
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    Seconded. Stick with it. It gets better.
    Then it’s amazing.
    Then you might as well stop watching when you get near the end.

    in reply to: Almost XIII news #250247
    Taiwan Tony
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    “‘SMALL PENIS'”

    I haven’t posted on here for a while, but I couldn’t resist.

    in reply to: Rule of Three – Katy Brand #246282
    Taiwan Tony
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    It’s a good podcast, generally.
    I’d also add the conversations about story structure and Disney as noteworthy.
    It was lovely to hear them praising the writing, and the seamless partnership of Rob and Doug.

    in reply to: 02:12 of Paranoia #245909
    Taiwan Tony
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    This thread has changed my opinion of this episode, so thank you. I will return to it with fresh eyes. I wrote it off because of Craig Ferguson. I have wanted another version where Paranoia was the main character, but it doesn’t feel like Lister. Confidence is definitely his dominant trait.
    I tend to think of Lee Cornes as the binman in Filthy Rich and Catflap. I think because he’s most “normal” in it and not a hideous caricature.

    in reply to: Michael Jackson un-personing – Lister says Wacko Jacko #245629
    Taiwan Tony
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    “Will you stop saying everything’s crypto-fascist. You make me sound like a racist slag.”

    Taiwan Tony
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    The Major’s speech definitely WAS that. But now it’s shocking to hear things like that said aloud outside of a rap record or a Tarantino film.
    I watched all of In Sickness and In Health recently and there were words in it I hadn’t heard for twenty years. I’d suggest if you watch IS&IH you’re going to have to expect that type of thing. So it’s fine to leave it in there. With things that are labelled “timeless” it’s probably another matter. Like the bits in the Young Ones that were used to highlight prejudices. (The copper in dark glasses and the Grange Hill nickname.) Then learning that those words that were used ironically in the context of the show were yelled unironically as insults in the playground. It depends, dunnit.

    Taiwan Tony
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    >”Perhaps it should probably…”
    I’m unflinching, aren’t I.

    Taiwan Tony
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    It’s the thing I think about a lot. Stuff in context that was once okay is now completely unacceptable. The Major’s “cricket” speech in Fawlty Towers being the most prominent example. I used to think it was fine to leave it in – as I had a comedy nerd, completist side of me. In the last couple of years I’ve rewatched some early Fools and Horses with my wife, and winced at Del’s references to “birds.” So fuck knows how I’d feel about toxic racial epithets. Having said that, we shouldn’t all live with our woolly liberal heads in the sand. So perhaps it should probably be an option on the DVD. Play with racism, play without racism.

    in reply to: Waiting for God is the most underrated episode #245287
    Taiwan Tony
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    That looks like Blue Heaven’s Conleth Hill.

    I like Waiting for God a lot too. Was there talk of animating that evolution / civil war sequence at one point?

    Taiwan Tony
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    Free trampoline? I’m in the market for free trampolines.

    in reply to: Are you sure that's wise? #244817
    Taiwan Tony
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    Kudos to you. I’ve wanted to watch them all in order but I’ve never actually got round to it. And I’m in total agreement. You can’t recreate a magic formula like that.

    in reply to: Are you sure that's wise? #244754
    Taiwan Tony
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    Kevin McNally always seems to pop up in these remake thingies. I wonder if they’ll ever remake ‘Dad’.

    in reply to: Labour Split……which side are you on? #244706
    Taiwan Tony
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    I was too busy stockpiling rice and sharpening my hammer to notice.

    in reply to: Dinosaurs of a feather #244601
    Taiwan Tony
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    I used to sing the theme tunes to Birds of a Feather and Cheers to my then-unborn daughter. But she doesn’t remember.

    in reply to: Almost XIII news #243954
    Taiwan Tony
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    Any figures on how much they cost to make?

    in reply to: The Castle – Radio 4 #243945
    Taiwan Tony
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    Agreed. I think that’s what Kafka based his book on.

    in reply to: So… this was Rob Grant's Cruel Aliens !!! #243896
    Taiwan Tony
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    I returned to Fireman Sam recently when my daughter showed an interest in Postman Pat etc. There’s an alarming scene in the title credits when Sam puts out a blazing tent-fire. (Not a euphemism.) It’s chilling.

    in reply to: We Should Totally Have an X-Files Thread #243768
    Taiwan Tony
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    Jack and Jeremy’s Real Lives had an X Files episode… So that’s a pisser.

    in reply to: We Should Totally Have an X-Files Thread #243392
    Taiwan Tony
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    I had RUINS by Kevin Anderson and never read it… Should I have?

    Rhys Darby is always fun to watch.

    I like the episode with Jack Black and Sneaky Pete in it.

    in reply to: Which lines imitate the actors? #243391
    Taiwan Tony
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    The first thing I thought about when I read this thread was the story from, I think the Companion?, when Craig complained to Rob and Doug about Lister being slobby – while eating a sausage dipped in ketchup he’d squirted onto the table or whatever it was. That really stuck with me.

    in reply to: Which lines imitate the actors? #243389
    Taiwan Tony
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    Rimmer is essentially a template for Partridge isn’t he. I’ve only just realised. He’s got those traits. Perhaps why I love them both.

    in reply to: How do you solve a problem like Meltdown? #243052
    Taiwan Tony
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    Re, reverse order. That is an EXCELLENT idea.

    in reply to: How do you solve a problem like Meltdown? #243011
    Taiwan Tony
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    I like it a lot. And the smeg ups are very memorable too.
    “Stone…”

    in reply to: How many times have you watched the episodes? #242911
    Taiwan Tony
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    I wouldn’t say Blackadder lacked depth. But that’s because I love it and get defensive.
    I would level the same criticism at Father Ted, however. As good as it is, I can’t watch it on repeat.

    in reply to: How many times have you watched the episodes? #242870
    Taiwan Tony
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    I’m amid a Blackadder rewatch. Having not seen the first series for a while, and knowing it much less well than the other three, I was surprised to discover how okay it was. Some episodes are basically in the mould of later series, but he’s doing a funny voice. Plus! Because I’ve seen Bells a fucking load, when I got to it it felt like an anti-climax. But the feeling passed when I reached Head and Potato.

    in reply to: "We Have To Go!" #242710
    Taiwan Tony
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    Cartoon violence like kicking Irene out the airlock is fine with me. It was a “comedy” moment.

    in reply to: Almost XIII news #242673
    Taiwan Tony
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    Darrell, you’re back out of retirement. What brought you back?

    in reply to: "We Have To Go!" #242672
    Taiwan Tony
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    Rimmer and Lister are men and are thus bound by nature to have male thoughts. Also, some men are absolute bounders! I therefore don’t have a problem with it, in spite of it being a bit gross.
    For the same reason I’m okay with Rik Mayall in Bottom gawping at a breastfeeding woman, or Rik Mayall in Blackadder being a sex pest.
    But then I’m not a woman.

    in reply to: Schools Programme ID #242241
    Taiwan Tony
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    Janet Ellis?

    in reply to: Timewave #241153
    Taiwan Tony
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    Nor is Doug.

    Taiwan Tony
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    I voted Confidence and Paranoia as the worst of the first 6 series. So, condolences. Plenty more fish in the sea. (Five fish?)

    in reply to: slzhnjhmwu #239525
    Taiwan Tony
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    ‘I refer you to Slzhnjhmwu vs Slzhnjhmwu. And I move for a mistrial.’

    Taiwan Tony
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    Are there any good Christmas specials on telly this year?

    Taiwan Tony
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    What about 444 4444?
    Or Little Piddle 338?

    in reply to: Americans watch Red Dwarf for the first time and it's… #238822
    Taiwan Tony
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    What’s the 90s US TV show?

    I love the end but it wasn’t the first one I saw. For my money you’re better off starting at series 3, even though Backwards is a bit wonky. Danny’s stopped doing the screeching, it’s a nicer colour palette, Kryten is on board, and Marooned.

    in reply to: Red any funny books lately? #238769
    Taiwan Tony
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    I think I know the name Robert Sheckley from his Bill The Galactic Hero tales. I used to like Harry Harrison a lot.

    in reply to: Red Dwarf model shots in a skip. #238005
    Taiwan Tony
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    (Peter Cook requested to buy the Not Onlys, but was refused and they were wiped. Damn shame.)

    in reply to: Red Dwarf model shots in a skip. #237987
    Taiwan Tony
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    Not Only, But Also…

    Taiwan Tony
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    When I was in my late teens/twenties, I don’t think I ever alluded to my age, either.
    Now though, it’s all the time.

    in reply to: Jokes you don't/didn't get #237753
    Taiwan Tony
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    >That’s all good and well, but sometimes you just want a good Black&Decker’ing.

    Easily the sexiest thing I’ve read today.

    in reply to: Charles Aznavour has died #237752
    Taiwan Tony
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    I wonder if he died from blow jobs…

    Now there’s a very crap joke that is as alienating as it is esoteric.

    in reply to: What's the most you've laughed at Red Dwarf? #237643
    Taiwan Tony
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    Fawlty Towers. The best episode is probably the first one, for me. But they are all great.
    Aside from the casual racism they’re pretty much perfect.
    Rimmer had a lot of Basil in him. The chip on his shoulder. Desperation for higher status and laughing at people he sees as being beneath him. The snobbery. The barely suppressed rage at those who actually have higher status. Trapped by circumstance. Guided by avarice. Tortured by misfortune and destroyed by himself.
    Surrounded by people he hates, alone in space / Torquay.
    Lister has a touch of Manuel in him.
    Is Cat… Polly?

    in reply to: What's the most you've laughed at Red Dwarf? #237593
    Taiwan Tony
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    For me it might be that bit from the episode that dare not speak its name. With Johnny Vegas.
    The first of Cat’s lines, before the nadir of the droopy ass titties or whatever it was.

    But yes I get most pleasure from Chris being a bastard. But let’s get out there and twat it, and the whole Give Quiche A Chance character were very, very good.

    in reply to: Would you watch a series with just Rimmer and Lister? #237592
    Taiwan Tony
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    “It don’t half give me the double Polaroid.”

    in reply to: Red any funny books lately? #237483
    Taiwan Tony
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    I saw the much longer live version. It needed refining.

    in reply to: Howard Goodall is a fucking idiot #237291
    Taiwan Tony
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    When I read this thread title I immediately assumed it was a play on the Collings and Herrin catchphrase “Your mum is a fucking idiot.”
    Which now I think of it, is a bit of a leap.

    in reply to: Red any funny books lately? #237209
    Taiwan Tony
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    Viz is great.
    Frankie Boyle’s books make me laugh a lot because they’re often just jokes from his stand up.

    Novels, though. I laughed a lot reading Time For Bed by David Baddiel. I laughed a bit at Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman. Portnoy’s Complaint had lots of very funny moments. Catch 22 is funny.
    I’ve not read any Jasper Fforde, but want to.
    I’ve got a copy of the Finkler Question by Jacob Howardson to read, but don’t want to.
    I liked reading the Gobbler by Adrian Edmondson.
    Woody Allen’s short fiction is very funny.
    I seem to remember The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie being good, too.

    My wife read a book as a teenager that really made her laugh: Lost In Music by Giles Smith.

    in reply to: Burt Reynolds has died #237131
    Taiwan Tony
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    Bye, Burt.

    in reply to: Bottom Podcast #236779
    Taiwan Tony
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    “Kevin’s ‘ear’.”

    Imagine watching Mr. Jolly for the first time. Amazing isn’t it!
    Dirty Movie is a corker, too. “Isn’t it, Joan!?… Sorry, ‘June.'”

    Taiwan Tony
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    Marooned is a Das Boot of series three.

    in reply to: Played any new games recently? #236351
    Taiwan Tony
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    I played Connect Four with my daughters today. Probably Hide & Seek tomorrow.
    Might get Jenga.

    Taiwan Tony
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    Probably Sarah Pascoe, Katherine Ryan, Gina Yashere and Luisa Omielan.
    You’d definitely need Romesh Ranganathan in it if you wanted to get it made though.

    Taiwan Tony
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    I really liked Armstrong & Miller on Channel 4.
    “It’s going to piss down!” And “Chuffy, Chuffy, Chuffy” are worth the license fee alone. And there isn’t even a license fee!
    Their podcast a few years ago (Time ghost) really underlined their snobbery and prejudice (before countless hours of kids TV, quiz shows and mad singing called them a hypocrite), so I imagine there is also an attack on Charles’s poetry in there. But I’ll let that off. Because “do some cancer research. You fucks!”

    in reply to: What if ITV had produced Red Dwarf instead of the BBC? #235768
    Taiwan Tony
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    Frank Skinner’s Shane.
    Frank Skinner’s Shame.

    in reply to: Favourite Special Effect #235658
    Taiwan Tony
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    Not a special effect but I’ve always wanted to eat that cake in Balance of Power. Looks delicious.

    I like the boots in Justice. Funny.

    in reply to: Complain about Series XIII #235595
    Taiwan Tony
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    Just hope it isn’t too gag-heavy. And not too much drama. I hope that it’s a bit more like the first two series. And that it’s more like series V and VI.
    And that Doug doesn’t direct. And that Doug doesn’t direct.

    in reply to: Complain about Series XIII #235572
    Taiwan Tony
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    Not sure I like the pic of Kryten dressed as Widow Twanky.
    Looks too pantomime.

    in reply to: If you could change 3 things about Red Dwarf… #235533
    Taiwan Tony
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    I’m in that part of the internet Venn diagram where Thanos and Wormtail mean fuck all to me, but the kid from the Goonies and the fat cunt from Auf Wiedersehen Pet are right in my wheelhouse.
    So with that in mind, I wouldn’t change a thing because I am old and therefore I fear change.

    Taiwan Tony
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    I haven’t heard that story. What happened?

    in reply to: Examples of Corpsing #235107
    Taiwan Tony
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    Hugh Laurie does it during Flashheart’s “Get into her five times a day” joke in Private Plane.

    Taiwan Tony
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    Back to Reality coming top of everything and Johnny Vegas. (Though I feel this is rational.)

    Taiwan Tony
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    What were you writing an essay about that you needed to reference 666 the number of the beast?

    in reply to: What if ITV had produced Red Dwarf instead of the BBC? #234897
    Taiwan Tony
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    I thought Hardware had two series.

    Is It Legal by the same writer was class.
    The New Statesman was mostly good.

    in reply to: Technology #234755
    Taiwan Tony
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    A bike that you can ride for exercising BUT IT DOESN’T GO ANYWHERE???!!!!?

    in reply to: Technology #234741
    Taiwan Tony
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    Talkie toaster. For toasting bread.

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