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A Box Of British Humour

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A Box Of British Humour
A Box Of British Humour


This 4CD set presents a selection of British humour of, broadly speaking, the 1930s and '40s. The qualification for an item to be included is simply that it is funny. You will find sophisticates like Noel Coward and Ronald Frankau alongside inspired plebeians like Billy Russell and Billy Bennett, Oliver Wakefield's elliptical avoidance of social censure contrasting with the utter defiance of the incomparable Max Miller. The now-forgotten John Tilley shows that nothing endures like official gobbledegook, whilst Gillie Potter sinks impeccably-mannered teeth into the hand that feeds him, namely the BBC. A further theme in this collection is the use of live recordings, where available. The inevitable technical compromises are more than compensated for by the opportunity to hear masters of the live theatre working their audiences. They really don't make 'em like this any more! Variety theatre formed the shape of most of these performer's acts, but radio gave them their mass. Acts who might be seen once in a while - if at all - were now available at the flick of a switch. Noel Coward was an exception. He came from 'straight' and revue theatre. However, as the leading showbiz all-rounder between the wars, who but Noel Coward could open this collection? Other featured artists not already mentioned include Flotsam And Jetsam, Frank Randall, Norman Long, Harry Tate, The Western Brothers, Elsie & Doris Waters, Douglas Byng, Stanley Holloway, Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch, Tommy Handley, Tommy Trinder, Will Hay and many more.


  1. Name
  2. Mrs Worthington - Noel Coward
  3. Heard At Hogsnorton-The Truth About The BBC - Gillie Potter
  4. King Canute - Flotsam And Jetsam
  5. The Old Hiker - Frank Randall
  6. The Green Tie On The Little Yellow Dog - Billy Bennett
  7. Maudie The Racehorse - John Tilley
  8. Ten Pahnds Dahn - Norman Long
  9. Fishing - Harry Tate And Company
  10. Everything Is Fresh Today - Jack Hodges
  11. The Old School Tie - The Western Brothers
  12. Recumbent Posture - Stanley Holloway
  13. Trains - Reginald Gardner
  14. On The Day That Chelsea When And Won The Cup - Norman Long
  15. On Behalf Of The Working Classes - Billy Russell
  16. At The Court Of Good Queen Bess - Elsie And Doris Waters
  17. London Transport Board - John Tilley
  18. Mad Dogs And Englishmen - Noel Coward
  19. I'm The Pest Of Budapest - Douglas Byng
  20. One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven - Ronald Frankau
  21. Percy The Prawn - A.J. Alan
  22. Peaceful Street - Ernest Butcher
  23. Clothes - Murgatroyd And Winterbottom
  24. Keeping A Stiff Upper - Oliver Wakefield
  25. Nell - Billy Bennett
  26. My Little Austin Seven - Norman Long
  27. The Stately Homes Of England - Noel Coward
  28. Band Wagon - Arthur Askey
  29. When You've Fellows Like Me In The Force - Ronald Frankau
  30. She Was Poor, But She Was Honest - Billy Bennett
  31. Upp'ards - Stanley Holloway
  32. We Can't Let You Broadcast That - Norman Long
  33. Pets - Murgatroyd And Winterbottom
  34. Play Up And Pay The Dame - Oliver Wakefield
  35. Max Miller In The Theatre - Max Miller
  36. Bad Show, Chaps - The Western Brothers
  37. The Deepest Shelter In Town - Florence Desmond
  38. The Rain Came Pitter-Patter Down - Happidrome
  39. When Moaning Minnnie Moans No More - Happidrome
  40. The Baby In The Flat Up Above - Happidrome
  41. Let Me Tell You - Happidrome
  42. Let's Have Another One - Happidrome
  43. Out Up-To-Date Farm - Happidrome
  44. Out In Indiah - Happidrome
  45. Napoleaon's Retreat - Happidrome
  46. The Biggest Aspidistra In The World - Gracie Fields
  47. Who Is That Man (Who Looks Like Charlie Chaplin?) - Tommy Handley
  48. Lord Haw Haw Of Zeesen - The Wester Brothers
  49. Is 'E An Aussie, Lizzie, Is 'E? - Flotsam And Jetsam
  50. The Proposal - Arthur Askey And Richard Murdoch
  51. Where Does Poor Pa Go In The Blackout? - Norman Long
  52. Tommy Trindler's Stage Show - Tommy Trinder
  53. It's That Man Again - Tommy Trinder
  54. Max With The Forces - Max Miller
  55. The Food Demonstration - Stanley Holloway
  56. The Home Guard - Robb Wilton
  57. Don't Let's Be Beastly To The Germans - Noel Coward
  58. If Only I'd Put An X Instead Of 1 - Jack Warner
  59. What Does It Matter? - Will Hay And Company
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