Having missed out on Mr Harry's early career I thought I'd put that glaring omission in my cultural eucation right by ordering the above. The first thing to note is that this is so early that there are still vestages of hair left on Mr Harry's bonce. While the viewer is still reeling from that and fighting off the urge to go all Channel 4, the second shock hits you... as the seconds tick by you realise that this is a completely SILENT COMEDY... as in no dialogue. Incidental music & sound affects yes, but no dialogue. But no thats cool... no really. See the 5 stars ? This is absolutely hilarious, from the tender courting of a fresh faced young Nun by a kindly Rabbi (via a trampoline onto a park bench), to the ill advised Punch & Judy beach show who's audience comprises solely of Skinheads and Rockers, going via a touching portrait of Mahatma Ghandi's lesser known twin brother Alan, the one who turned out to be a Teddy Boy & spiv. Harry really does present 'alternative' comedy. It's as though he traces his lineage back directly to the likes of Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson as *well* as Python & the Goons, but has added his own uniquely absurdist modern style. Leapfrogging the 'Eltonion' comedic family tree of the last 20 years or so completely. Also seen are many of the ensemble cast that Mr Harry still features today, little brother Alan, big brother Alan, his chief Scientist - Mr Finsbury Park and others not so familiar today, including the legendary Jean. No doubt before her encounter with the £1 coin. If you want to spend an hour seeing things as Mr Harry see's them, then buy. It's a revelation.
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