The Comic Strip Presents...: Season 2, Episode 6

Eddie Monsoon, a Life (4 Feb. 1984)

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Eddie Monsoon is a South African entertainer who,following the failure of several pilot shows for TV in his homeland,faked his suicide,went to Brazil and then to England where he attracted ... See full summary »


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Eddie Monsoon
Peter Richardson ...
Tiny Townsend
Peter Woods ...


Eddie Monsoon is a South African entertainer who,following the failure of several pilot shows for TV in his homeland,faked his suicide,went to Brazil and then to England where he attracted notoriety with his explicit sex farces on the stage and shocking TV shows which even Channel 4 banned. Now he is in rehab at Les Incurables for the seventeenth time,a drug and alcohol addict wanted on two continents for sex crimes. In exchange for money he tells interviewer Tony Bilbow his story - before mysteriously disappearing. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Pure Classic Ade!
2 October 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This episode of Comic Strip is a perfect showcase for Adrian Edmondson's humour.

Tony Bilbow hosts this "documentary" about the most loathsome, low-brow television star in history. If the name Eddie Monsoon rings a bell, it's because it's also the name of Jennifer's character in Absolutely Fabulous.

Jennifer plays the long-suffering ex-wife superbly, Dawn is a riot as the firm but fair rehab nurse and Peter Richardson is outstanding as Eddie's agent Tiny (I do not know what a video is) Townsend.

This is almost like watching an older version of Vyvian Bastard who gave up studying medicine, moved out of Credibility Street and pursued a career in television, with disastrous results. He even stoops low enough to offer Comic Strip Producer Michael White a blow-job in exchange for a career revival.

Sadly this episode lacks Rik, Robbie, Nigel, Danny and Keith. That being said, the remaining cast are on fire. Tiny Townsend is one of Peter's best characters, alongside Spider, Mr Lovebucket and the dude he plays in Travellers Cheques. Further kudos must be awarded to Bilbow for his superb comic delivery, in particular, "Oh God! Oh God! Oh God! Oh God! Oh God! Give me another scotch... you bastards!"

If you love Vyvian... just wait until you meet Eddie Monsoon!

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