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Thread: Prom 40: Saturday 13th August 2011 at 7.30 p.m. (Comedy Prom)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roehre View Post
    that makes two of us. Time for a
    Think I'll join you , currently listening to Deep Purple.

    "Music is the best means we have of digesting time".

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    Not particularly funny.
    Rather crass.

    I thought there was potential for something good.

    I was wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdgeleyRob View Post
    Think I'll join you , currently listening to Deep Purple.

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    Now, you're talking. I dipped in and out of the Prom. Banal. Pointless. Wearisome. Re Haydn's Surprise symphony..at least that had music in it.

    Radio 3 ...downhill..hand basket.

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    Looking forward to some "What a po-faced lot" backlash from returning Arena-ites who had a whale of a time

    Might try and catch the TV version having been otherwise engaged this evening - I quite like the idea of a barbed Lloyd-Webber p***-take / send-up. Nessun Korma sounds dire though...
    "There is not much to see here," said I.
    "Nor to hear, miss," returned Mr Vholes. "A little music does occasionally stray in; but we are not musical in the law, and soon eject it."


    Bleak House, Chapter 60

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    I missed most of the the second half as I wanted to relive the NYO concert on TV. The beginning of the Reizenstein Concerto Populare sounded as though the old warhorse has plenty of life left in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Newman View Post
    "Puccini in Punjabi" (a piece of Curryoke or Kareoke, geddit) worked because it continued on the laughter which had begun before and involved the audience in LNOTPs style.
    I thought it was as racist as hell. "Yuk yuk! Funny little brown people and their funny little foodstuffs out in the colonies!" Actually, I died a little inside to think of what my Indian business associates would think of me for not having had the guts to leave the room.

    You'd never hear a piece where the humour is predicated on the idea of black people eating watermelon, fried chicken, chitlins and greens (Puccini in Pickaninny?) Same thing...why this was acceptable was beyond me. Maybe in Britain, casual racism isn't the issue it is in the US...oh well.

    Other parts of the show were quite enjoyable and clever; for instance, I loved the Flanders & Swann singalong, the Victor Borge schtick, and the Sondheim spoof. However, at times I found myself admonishing myself with the same lines I always use on the likes of you: "Not every Prom has to appeal to every listener. Who are you to begrudge people their enjoyment? Don't you see how many enthusiastic new young faces are here? Lighten up and stop your whinging: if it's not "for" you, you should have stayed home."

    I guess it just wasn't for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavatina View Post
    Maybe in Britain, casual racism isn't the issue it is in the US...oh well.
    I suggest you watch "Family Guy" or "South Park". No, watch both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavatina View Post
    I thought it was as racist as hell. "Yuk yuk! Funny little brown people and their funny little foodstuffs out in the colonies!" Actually, I died a little inside to think of what my Indian business associates would think of me for not having had the guts to leave the room.

    Lighten up and stop your whinging: if it's not "for" you, you should have stayed home."
    Good advice, Cavatina!

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    I suggest you watch "Family Guy" or "South Park". No, watch both.
    They wouldn't broadcast racist songs from either of those shows on NPR. Oh well, I suppose standards at NPR are a bit different: did you think what Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand did to Andrew Sachs was great fun too? Were you yukking it up at Richard Hammond's slurs against Mexicans?

    You say "edgy," I say "rotten".
    Last edited by cavatina; 14-08-11 at 10:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ventilhorn View Post
    Good advice, Cavatina!
    Ooh, look--they're playing your song...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vh-wEXvdW8

    Now THAT's funny.

    And for what it's worth, it's not that I'm po-faced about everything: I certainly don't have a problem with raunchy humour as long as it's witty and clever. In fact, I've seen Tape-Faced Boy's "half-dress" act done much better as a neo-burlesque/performance art cabaret act in New York City: a Fay Wray/King Kong striptease to the tune of "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing". Tacky as all get-out, but that's part of the point.

    Here's an article about the neo-burlesque performance art renaissance in New York. I suppose I prefer this kind of humour to much of what was on Radio 3 last night because although it's often crude and over-the-top, it's basically good-natured and seldom mean-spirited. Oh well, to each his own. And never in a million years would I say this kind of thing is appropriate for the Proms or Radio 3...that's my take on it, at any rate.
    Last edited by cavatina; 14-08-11 at 09:46.

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