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The oddness of Panto

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by NickM, 16 Jan 2008.

  1. NickM

    NickM Über Member

    I am going with MsM and friends to the Traditional Panto at the Theatre Royal, Stratford*, tonight. Three of the party will be from Abroad - one Basque, one French and one Swedish. We are looking forward to seeing what they make of this uniquely British thespian institution :blush:

    I remember that there was a standup routine by an American comedian in which he attempted to explain panto conventions (the Principal Boy who's a girl, the Dame who's a man) to an increasingly incredulous imagined listener: "And they let kids see this??" ;)

    Does anybody remember the comedian's name? I don't suppose the sketch is available online, is it?



    *that's Stratford, London E15, not Stratford-upon-Avon!
     
  2. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    I don't know why, but the thought of you at a panto tickles me Nick...;)
     
  3. NickM

    NickM Über Member

    Well that just goes to show that Internet personae do not the whole picture give!
     
  4. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    OH YES IT DOES!
    ;):biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  5. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I can't think of a worse torture than sitting through a panto. Absolute drivel.
     
  6. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    Dave Allen Springs to mind but god know's why. I think he was English anyway
     
  7. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    OH NO HE WASN'T!!!
    ;):biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
    etc....
     
  8. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Not English, nooooooo.... (Irish)

    Damn, I've heard that routine, but I can't remember who it was.
     
  9. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    How the mighty fall

    Poor old Mickey Rooney appeared in panto in Sunderland:
    Reviews said he was a bit dire....
    I like the idea of a trad panto, but the modern variation with washed out soap stars (pun intended) is a bit dire.
     
  10. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Was it Bob Newhart?