The oddness of Panto

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

  1. NickM

    NickM Veteran

    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. OP

    NickM Veteran

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

    Chuffy Veteran

  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

    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!!!
  8. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    Not English, nooooooo.... (Irish)

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

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    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?
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