1. WowbaggerOM says

    I can’t get YouTube videos at work – but it doesn’t matter, ’cause I know that sketch almost word-for-word anyway – though there are a few different versions out there, depending on which show it’s taken from.

    And they said unto the Lord: “How the
    hell did you do that?”

    “If I had to spend my whole life on a stretcher, I’d be pretty sick of the palsy, too!”

  2. Rachel Bronwyn says

    As someone who never “got” Mr. Bean but loves Black Adder, I approve.

  3. woozy says

    from Lamb by Christopher Moore:

    “Look, ther’s Joshua’s mother. I have to go say hello.”
    “There’s no wine at this wedding,” Mary said.
    “I know. Strange, isn’t it?”

    I patted Mary’s shoulder as I stepped away. “I’ll tell Joshua that you’re here.”

    I found Joshua sitting in a far corner of the courtyard playing with some children. One little girl had brought her pet rabbit to the wedding and Joshua was holding it in his lap, petting its ears.
    “Biff, come feel how soft this bunny is.”

    As Joshua embraced Mary, she said, “You’ve got to do something about the wine situation. Where’s the wine?”

    Joshua gently pushed his mother away. “You shall have wine,” he said, then he went off to the side of the house where drinking water was stored in large shone jars. In a few minutes he returned with a pitcher of wine and cups for all of us. A shout went through the party and suddenly everything seemed to step up a level. Pitchers and cups were filled and drained and filled again, and those wh had been near the wine jars started declaring a miracle had been performed, that Joshua of Nazareth had turned water into wine. I looked for him but he was nowhere to be found. Having been free of sin all of his life, Joshua wasn’t very good at dealing with guilt, so he had gone off by himself to try to numb the guilt he felt over John’s arrest.

    Just then Joshua stumbled through the gate and crashed into us. We were able to catch ourselves and him before ayone fell. The Messiah was holding the little girl’s pet bunny, hugging it to his cheek with the big back feet swinging free. He was gloriously drunk. “Know what?” Josh said. “I love bunnies. They toil not, neither do they bark. Henceforth and from now on, I decree that whenever something bad happens to me, there shall be bunnies around. So it shall be written. Go ahead Biff, write it down.” He waved to me under the bunny, then turned and started back through the gate. “Where’s the friggin’ wine? I got a dry bunny over here!”
    “See, I said to Maggie, “you don’t want to miss out on that. Bunnies!”

    It was midnight. The party had wound down and the disciples and I were sitting in the street outside of the hous. Joshua had passed out and Bartholomew had put a small dog under his head for a pillow.

  4. marcushill says

    Aha! Clearly a later interpolation – there’s no way anyone in first century Palestine would recognise an orange carrot, since they weren’t bred to be that colour until the 17th century in the Netherlands.

  5. says

    Great sketch, but boy that canned laughter is annoying.

  6. Fil says

    Great sketch, but boy that canned laughter is annoying.

    Thus spake Jesus’ mum.

  7. Bride of Shrek OM says

    Not canned at all. It’s live at one of the Royal Variety Performances. Can’t remember which year, probably late 90’s.

  8. echidna says

    Did I miss #13’s irony? It’s just that I’ve heard real complaints from US’ians about “canned” laughter from British live shows before.

  9. Fil says

    While it was apparently live, the laughter style and cut-offs seem too precise IMHO; therefore either canned, or controlled by a combination of an audience director and post production sound editing.

    Thus spake Satan’s publicist.

  10. Fil says

    Or should that be a “true believer’s” publicist? I’m confused now. Well, nothing new there.

    Have you heard the one about the Intelligent Designer who thinks these new-fangled artificial cells proves his point?

    If not, don’t worry, you soon will. ;-)

  11. cedgray says

    It used to have an extended ending on the album I have of it:

    “You must be the Son of God.”
    “No,” he replied, “I am he who comes before.”
    “But how shall we know the true Lord?” they asked.
    “By his name shall ye know him. And he shall have a slightly religious name. Paul shall he be called, and Daniel also shall he be named.”
    “Paul Daniels!” they said.
    “Yes,” he said, “something like that.”

    [Paul Daniels, for those that haven’t had the pleasure, was a diminutive English conjurer of exquisite skill but annoying character.]

  12. Gregory Greenwood says

    Religious ‘miracles’ as cheap parlour tricks. Sounds about right.

    Andrew Hall @ 23;

    I love the MacBeth episode of Black Adder. A lot of people feel Mr. Bean’s turkey on the head bit is great but in my heart I’m a Black Adder fan.

    I am with you. Blackadder over Mr. Bean any day of the week.

  13. GAllan says

    Lately I am having a problem with YouTube video here; I usually rightclick and select open in YouTube, but here this now results in the audio coming on but no window opening in YouTube – I can here the video but not see it. This is not a problem elsewhere, for instance at Why Evolution is True. I am using Chrome. Perhaps something has changed in the coding of embedded videos and can be fixed here; any other Chrome users having a problem?

  14. echidna says

    I think you are just not accepting British-style laughter as real. Whenever I have been in mixed company (US, Brit and Aussie), the US people don’t laugh in the same places as the rest of us. It’s a different sense of humour.

    A show that will really demonstrate a different sense of humour is the Aussie 1970’s show Auntie Jack. I guarantee that a US audience won’t get it.

  15. JackC says

    GAllen – just did it and had no issues (in Chrome as well) – maybe restart chrome or perhaps clear memory?

    And thanks all for an enjoyable morning. I don’t watch this stuff normally. That was fun.


  16. Kevin says

    Must avoid watching videos like this at work, was finding it really difficult from laughing too loudly.

  17. lilith says

    I’m with the Black Adder fans. Alwaya preffered it when he decided to open his mouth.

  18. GAllan says

    I have had this problem on this site for a couple of weeks now, but nowhere else, and I keep Chrome updated on the development channel.

  19. Rev. BigDumbChimp says

    The Tiny Tim of his day.

    Just pictured Tiny Tim giving the sermon on the mount with his ukulele.

    Now I think I need another shower. Or a stiff drink.

    or something.