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British comedy

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British Comedy, also known in North America as Britcom, is both a synonym of British humor, and a term to describe content imbued with it. It is this second definition that is the focus of this article. British comedy is known for its consistently quirky characters, settings and plots and has produced some of the most famous and memorable comic actors and characters in the last fifty years.

A number of British radio comedies achieved considerable renown in the second half of the twentieth century. One notable and influential series was The Goon Show, which was broadcast through the 1950s. Another was Round the Horne.

Currently, most British comedy is broadcast via TV with sketch shows, stand-up comedy, impressionists and sitcoms being the four most popular formats.

One notable show is Monty Python's Flying Circus, a comedy from the seventies that introduced us to such luminaries as John Cleese, Eric Idle, and Terry Gilliam and went on to shape the future of comedy in the UK. Other sketch shows include French and Saunders, Little Britain and The Fast Show.

The situation comedy (sitcom) is another genre of peculiarly British humour. Popular British sitcoms have included Only Fools and Horses, Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley, Fawlty Towers, and Dad's Army.

Listed below are just a few of the thousands of British comedies. For a more complete list please see the external links at the bottom of this page.

List of some British comedy programmes

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