I have had friends tell me that the comedy of Dave Allen is an acquired taste; well I acquired the taste a long time ago. I still find his routines achingly funny and more to the point achingly truthful.
On this day in 1487: Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against a ban on foreign beer.
Yes I know all this Irish stuff – but it will pass, as the actress said of her kidney stone! But damn it my people (well okay my mother’s people but let’s not press the point) are pretty damned funny when they want to be – intentional or otherwise.
Dave Allen intended to be funny and for years made good on that intention on British TV. He was amongst the most controversial – and popular – of entertainers in the later part of the 20th century for his laid-back observations on the political scene and things religious.
And speaking of the later did you hear the one about the nun and the… wait I’ll let Dave tell it:
On this day in 1992: The Toronto Blue Jays become the first Major League Baseball team based outside the United States to win the World Series.
With our upcoming trip to Ireland I thought I should get into the mood with a touch of Irish humour – visual and verbal.
From an early 80s show on BBC here’s Irish comedian Dave Allen here’s a little sketch from the days when £10.00 was something pretty big – now it’ll buy you a coffee at Heathrow.
In searching for a more contemporary Irish comic I was hard pressed to find one that didn’t feel that swearing added colour to what is already a most colourful language; or who did not feel that they had to shout every punch line. Mind you that may not be just Irish comedians from what I’ve seen. However I did find Keith Farnan was right – that damned accent is pretty charming.
On this day in 1755: British governor Charles Lawrence and the Nova Scotia Council order the deportation of the Acadians.