Gaddafi's death... in a sitcom

WTF: Weekly Trivia File

  • ‘My humour isn't un-PC at all.’ Ricky Gervais, 2005
    ‘The humourless PC brigade have been out in force...’ Ricky Gervais, 2011

  • Comics were quick to make gags about Colonel Gaddafi’s death... but here’s perhaps the first - from a short lived 1987 sitcom called Second Chance – starring future Friends actor Matthew Perry as a man who dies, but sent back to earth. In this scene St Peter greets the newly deceased dictator:

  • Comedians warming up for Janet Jackson have been told they can’t make jokes about her brother. The tour contract reads that any 'comedian will not make any reference to Janet Jackson or the Jackson family’. Might make introducing her difficult...

  • French and Saunders have been credited with inspiring the newest Star Wars franchise cash-in: an animated comedy series starring Seth Green, of Family Guy and Austin Powers fame. George Lucas apparently sanctioned the idea after being shown a sketch from the duo. Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing, told the Brand Licensing Europe exhibition in London: ‘I remember showing George the French & Saunders parody of The Phantom Menace with trepidation in my heart, but I don’t think I have ever seen him laugh that hard!’ Here is the start of it:

  • Someone told Chris Rock this week that he was great in Trading Places and Rush Hour

  • Here’s a comic called Jason Andors dealing with a heckler in Harlem from a decade ago:

  • ‘If you believe a word a comedian says you’ve got a problem.’ Al Murray

  • Tweets of the week:
    Hazel Humphreys (@HazelFunnyFarm): Gadaffi's famous dress sense clearly let him down at the last moment - a decade ago he wouldn't have been seen dead in drainpipes.
    Megan Amram (@meganamram):When you go to a book burning, do you have to use a different Kindle for each book or can you just burn one Kindle?
    Gary Delaney (@GaryDelaney): Just had a crazy dream where different parts of my body were all playing 1980's board games. Honestly, the mind boggles.

SOURCES: Independent/Twitter, YouTube, Hollywood Reporter, Twitter, YouTube, Varsity, Twitter

Published: 21 Oct 2011

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