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The last from the trio, absolute classics here!,
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This review is from: Three Of A Kind - Series 3 [DVD] (DVD)
"The second rule of comedy - get out of the show before the fourth series" (David Copperfield in a Hi-de-Hi spoof)
In this, the last series, the gentle, daft humour is still there but there is more of an edge to it.
There are still the guest bands, a member of each of which takes part in a short sketch. There are also lots more spoofs, e.g. "Eddy Grunt", "Musical Spoof", "Cliff Richard", "Elton John", and three Tracey Ullmans as "Bunchananas" dancing without the aid of choreography. This ages the programme a bit. I had nearly forgotten Renée and Renato, and it is a LONG time since the English could mock the German Eurovision winner from a position of artistic superiority!
It seems the three are growing apart a bit. David Copperfield is an all-round entertainer (plays guitar with Sacha Distel), and his act where he is a "One-Man Wedding" or "One-Man Boxing Match", dressed half as one person, half as another, is a hoot. He also does stand-up, as does Lenny Henry (the simple idea that Lenny is a dog - Clayton, the Canine Comedian - is classic the way Lenny does it) but the sketches tend to feature either just the two men, or Lenny and Tracey. Tracey, meanwhile, seems a kind of Luvvie, particularly at home with "kitchen sink" portrayals and acutely-observed mannerisms like Ros the "Yah" or demure "Julie".
Classic sketches: the Celebrities air-kissing with megaphones in a restaurant, a Two Ronnies-style sketch all in sweet names, the Badly-Edited Man ten years before Newman and Baddiel did Persons of Restricted Continuity(?), Bhagwan Hardcastle years before the fake guru of Goodness Gracious Me and Babbolonia Johnson - Lenny Henry in lip gloss and a shimmering blue lamé gown out-vamping Meera Syal's Smeeta Smitten.
Danny John-Jules (Cat from Red Dwarf) does an athletic dance and when Lenny's "Joshua Yarlog" imitates Yosser Hughes, we see Ian Hislop with a thatch of brown hair falling around with laughter in the audience.
Writers include Grant & Naylor, Ian Hislop and Hale & Pace.
There are seven episodes on this DVD (including a funny Bank Holiday Special) and English subtitles; but nothing else. I had to look up David Copperfield and Tracey Ullman on Wikipedia to see what had become of them! (I now know that David Copperfield, although he did the one-sided joke "Northern Man", is actually from Yorkshire and called Stanley Barlow, while Tracey Ullman's real name is Trace and her father was Polish).
After this show, Lenny Henry got a much harder edge to his comedy; Tracey Ullman became a singer, moved to America and reportedly launched the Simpsons; and David Copperfield? I never saw the last two doing comedy on telly again.
This is your last chance to chortle at the Three.