We’re by no means short of tributes to the late lamented Victoria Wood, but Rebecca Front’s new two-part radio series is particularly insightful. Like Alan Bennett, her whole output is an exploration of English social mores and a celebration of the language.
She was no “mere” comedian, but here I’ll just offer a personal selection—embarras de richesse, you may say (for more, see here):
“Honestly, who has sex on Christmas morning?”
“The Dalai Lama!”
“Well he must peel his sprouts the night before.”
I’ve loved you since the first minute you gave me extra gravy.
“Does she like Spain?”
“Well, she likes the majesty and grandeur of the landscape, but she’s not too keen on the bacon.”
Welcome to Music For Posh People—the game that takes all the enjoyment out of listening to music.
I can’t seem to find
… but I can offer you a banquette in the lower circle.
Meanwhile for the sinologist… for me, with my constant agonizing over the differences between ritual culture in north and south China, this tiny clip, from her “stable”, epitomizes the dichotomy, and gets me every time.
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Victoria Wood was a true comedy and writing genious. She had the magic that others can only dream of. If I need cheering up – I just need to watch or listen to her work. She had something to say about everything and anything and I don’t think I will ever replace her in my heart when it comes to comedy.
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