The Fast Show (1994–2000)

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Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Mark Williams, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Caroline Aherne star in this sketch show with characters like Ken and Kenneth two rude tailors... See full synopsis »

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Arabella Weir ...
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Simon Day ...
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Paul Shearer ...
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Maria McErlane ...
 Various Roles / ... (15 episodes, 1996-2000)
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Donna Ewin ...
 Chanel 9 Girl / ... (13 episodes, 1996-2000)
Rory Jennings ...
 Toby / ... (11 episodes, 1996-2000)
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Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Mark Williams, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Caroline Aherne star in this sketch show with characters like Ken and Kenneth two rude tailors... See full synopsis »

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Brilliant!  »

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Ted and Ralph went on to have a one-off, hour long spin-off feature, with Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson reprising the characters, with cameos from a few other characters. See more »

Quotes

13th Duke of Wybourne: Me? The 13th Duke of Wybourne? Here? In a sixth form girl's dormitory? At three o'clock in the morning? With my reputation? What were they thinking of?
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Crazy Credits

Paul Whitehouse performs "Please Me Release Me (Let Me Go)" in character as Kenny Valentine in the Series 1 title sequence. See more »

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Featured in You Cannot Be Serious: Sport (1999) See more »

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Release Me
Written by Eddie Miller, Robert Yount, and Dub Williams
Performed by Paul Whitehouse
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And then Britain gave birth to the finest comedy ever...which was nice.
23 October 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I pity any American reading this, I truly do. Over here we get the absolute cream of the sketch show crop. An absolute masterpiece of comedy writing and acting. In America, the cream of the comedy crop is "Everybody Loves Raymond". Hah!

Some of the catchphrases in the Fast Show are so ingrained into the British national concsience that they are regularly used in just about every type of media outlet. "Football isn't it?" "You aint seen me, right?" "This week I have been mostly..." "Suit you sir!" "Schorchio!" the list goes on. What Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson have created here is legend. If there was a book on how to do great sketch shows, this would be the foundation.

The reason the Fast Show works so well is that it has found the balance. It's funny on the most basic level of physichal comedy and repeated simplicity for those who wish to switch there brains off for half an hour, whilst simaltaneously being sharply satirical and brilliantly observed enough to engage the more cynicaly minded viewer. The fact that Ron Manager, the football analyst now has his own column in a Saturday Sport pullout in the Guardian is a measure of what huge cult figures the characters have become.

So in conclusion I would just like to say:

Son terrenos el kleftikos den teflon do Fast Show est ter keles butros butros Gahli. Faliahala falihala faliahalay faliahala Chris Waddle. Ten deros muchos bonkos hinky sminky pinky meth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth Nelson Mandela win on penalties. Hava vin doros fendevicos Sheffield Uwednesdaye e hemeriodos ton fig leaf e six gerbils.

In other words

Brillllliaaaaaannnnnnntttttttttt!!!!!!!


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