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By Peter Davison

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ISBN-13: 9781349051779

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Well, poverty's no disgrace. Here incongruity (the fool living by his wits) and sympathy with the speaker of a favourite catch-phrase are combined. Invariably (as with Laurel and Hardy or Abbot and Costello) the 'gormless one' can turn the tables. Enoch's girl has just run off with another man: Enoch: Lovejoy: Enoch: It's no joke to be thwaaarted. Thwaaarted? Nay you mean thworted. No, thwaaarted. Me mother says its thwaaaarted, so it must be thwaaaarted. 30 Contemporary Drama and the Popular Tradition Lovejoy: Enoch: Lovejoy: Enoch: Lovejoy: Enoch: Lovejoy: Enoch: No, no.

Stoik? You know what Stoic means! Yes, I had it for my dinner today. Had what? Stoik and chips. But they need to be brave in this country, look at the Parliament we got. Why, what's wrong with the Parliament? Vy, the Parliament is the finest body of men dat money can buy. The transition from music hall {or, in America, vaudeville) to radio, and thence to television, warrants a book in itsel£ A good, succinct account is provided by Elkan and Dorotheen Allan in chapter 12 of Good Listening. They discuss the beginning of 'relayed vaudeville', Monday Night at Seven {then Eight), Bandwaggon, ITMA, and so on.

Are you aware, sir, we spend fifty million pounds a year on education? Sure. Fifty million pounds a year on edumacation and one hundred million pounds a year on the ammunition. You know why? No, why? We spend fifty million pounds a year to shoot the brains in to yer and a hundred million pounds a year to shoot them out again. But you must bear in mind, sir, people in this country are very brave. Stoic. Stoik? Stoic. Stoik? You know what Stoic means! Yes, I had it for my dinner today. Had what?

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