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Dominic Johnson

the face and fingers. Dazed-looking and cross-eyed, with a gurning facial expression and jutting, prognathous jaw, they present as at once both baffled and mischievous. Their vocal style is comedic and aphasic, part Monty Python, part Goon Show – their singing often resembles the oddities of voice and content in the Goons’ garbled, nonsensical Ying Tong Song (1956), for example. Harry Kipper speaks in a peculiar, self-invented idiolect, which is at times incomprehensible or otherwise consists of one-liners and inane chatter, interrupted by guffaws, squeaks, fart

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John Mundy and Glyn White

of an otherwise live-action film, as a sequence as in Terry Gilliam’s animation in episodes of Monty Python’s Flying Circus , apparently integrated into the action such as in the musical Anchors Aweigh (1945) when Jerry the Mouse dances with Gene Kelly, or in the ambitious combination with live-action in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). In Happy Feet (2006) the CGI animation mixes with live

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John Mundy and Glyn White

Edna Everage) and Paul O’Grady (as Lily Savage), and has been a resource for television sketch comedians from very varied backgrounds, from Dick Emery and Les Dawson to the performers of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, The League of Gentleman and Little Britain. Drag offers a carnivalesque exception to the everyday norms of gender performance, but one which is ambivalent and which ultimately denies

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Lez Cooke

Telegraph, Richard Last complained that Gangsters was like a compound of leavings from The Avengers, Monty Python, early Laurel and Hardy, late Ken Russell, Who Do You Do? and Batman . . . with a touch of The Prisoner thrown in . . . You can’t get too many laughs from a W.C. Fields impersonation when it is liable to be followed by painful death and wild realistic grief, or relax with jokes like a tombstone inscribed Sacred To The Memory of Bryan Cowgill when a few frames further on COOKE PRINT.indd 161 05/07/2012 13:36 162 A Sense of Place an elderly Asian will be

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