|Humour is a cultural thing. Decades ago as an
Englishman I fell about laughing at such masterpieces as Monty Python's
Flying Circus and the Spam Song was on everyone's lips when spam was still
a rather disgustingly bland and tasteless meat mash. Benny Hill and his
antics had us all in stitches and Tony Hancock was probably the most
popular entertainer on British television. Here we are now in the 21st
Century and Pythonesque humour looks stilted, wooden and, frankly unfunny.
Much of Benny Hill's humour (that's how we brits spell 'humor') looks
silly and childish and although perhaps politically correct thinking has
gone a bit too far I can't help but think that most males who behaved like
Benny Hill would finish up in jail pretty damned quick with their lives
marriages and careers in ruins. Hancock now looks like the sad, tragic and
neurotic man that we was in real life as much as on the screen. So, who am I
to talk about American comedy? Most of us in the Old Country laughed at
Lucille Ball and her husband Desi in "I Love Lucy" and it was our first
introduction to the tastes in humour from across the pond but as our
tastes matured Lucille's didn't and she fell from her pinnacle over here.
Since those days comedy has changed and changed and as it has done so our
tastes have moved further and further apart until I think that we ought to
change more than the spelling of 'humour' and invent a different word
completely because what makes Americans laugh is completely
incomprehensible to the average Brit.
So it is with Walker and Cantrell. I have tried and tried to analyse what they do, what they say, and how they say it but I remain bemused, baffled and, most important of all, unamused. Here are a few examples of their art; perhaps you will reach a different conclusion.
Wow! Offbeat confessions of a nude model
Walker and Cantrell plan an elaborate heist - wierd
Cure Jessie's Depression
Manic cookery lesson
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