Sign in. See the list. A series of self contained TV films starring performers from London's "Comic Strip" comedy club and their friends.
It is a series of some forty short films, some as part of five televised series and some one offs. It had originally been an idea of an alternative cabaret act to follow a play Peter Richardson had produced with Michael White. He quickly ran out of enthusiasm for his play but liked the cabaret idea.
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The group also toured and, two years later, they made a half-hour film, Five Go Mad in Dorseta parody of the Enid Blyton story which was shown on the opening night of Channel 4 on November 2. Most were written and directed by Peter Richardson and, over the years, the line-up was to include such comic luminaries as Robbie Coltrane, Keith Allen and Lenny Henry. On the 30th anniversary of that first fateful meeting in Soho, Nigel Farndale talks to some of the cast.
In the early s a group of comedians started appearing on a regular basis in Soho's Raymond Revue Bar strip club. For once, however, they weren't there to watch. Instead they were laying down some of the foundations of so-called 'alternative' comedy and getting ready to dominate the British comic scene.
Running for eighteen years across two channels and spanning 37 TV films and two cinema features, it provided the s alternative comedy generation with its most ambitious showcase. Spurning the traditional method of breaking into television via sketch shows and sitcoms, Peter Richardson had proposed a series of self-contained short films to the newly-established Channel 4. This featured an anarchic political satire Wartx.
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The Comic Strip is a group of British comedians who came to prominence in the s. They are known for their television series The Comic Strip Presents Concurrently Richardson searched for a venue to mount a play he had produced with Michael White. He planned to run The Comic Strip late at night after the play's performances.
The Comic Strip presents is indelibly linked with Channel 4, despite their late defection to the BBC and cinema movies. The project was astonishingly ambitious. No format.
The Comic Strip Presents Many of these would go on to collaborate on many other non-Comic Strip projects throughout their careers. The group was born out of the alternative comedy boom of the s, centered on the London-based Comedy Club founded by Don Ward and Peter Rosengard in Later, as the desire to turn their performances into a theatrical sketch show developed, Richardson put out a casting call for female performers, which was answered by French and Saunders.