The Comic Strip Presents

The Comic Strip / Kevin Turvey / Filthy Rich & Catflat

The Comic Strip started out as an edgy comedy club in London's red light district. Though their biggest draw was punk-era alternative comedians such as Alexei Sayle, Adrian Edmonson, Rik Mayall and Keith Allen, The Comic Strip club was the brainchild of prolific comedy writer and performer Peter Richardson.

In the midst of the alternative comedy boom of the early 1980s, Richardson managed to sell the idea of a show featuring the club's regular performers to the new Channel 4. Rather than a sketch comedy show or a sitcom, The Comic Strip Presents... consisted entirely of 30 minute short films written by members of the group and performed by an assortment of its members. The subject matter varied wildly between shows, as did the style of narrative and the style of humour. The one thing that remained constant was the originality of the shows, even after it had run for several seasons.

The core writers and cast members include: Peter Richardson, Pete Richens, Nigel Planer, Adrian Edmonson, Rik Mayall, Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French. These core members were frequently joined by Keith Allen, Robbie Coltrane, Alexei Sayle, Daniel Peacock. Later episodes featured a host of guest stars, from musicians (such as Brian May, Ozzy Osbourne and Def Leppard) to other comedians (Leslie Phillips, Ruby Wax and Graham Crowden).

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The Comic Strip Presents

Starring...
Rik Mayall
Ade Edmonson
Nigel Planer
Peter Richardson
Dawn French
Jennifer Saunders
Keith Allen
Robbie Coltrane
Alexi Sayle
Ruby Wax


  Series 8 : 40 Episodes - 30 minutes each.

  Series 1  : 1982
    Five Go Mad In Dorset
    Bad News Tour
    War
    Five Go Mad On Mescalin
    Summer School
    The Beat Generation

  Series 2  : 1983/4
    Dirty Movie
    Susie
    Slags
    A Fistful Of Travellers Cheques
    Gino - Full Story & Pics
    Eddie Monsoon - A Life

  Series 3  : 1986
    Class
    The Bullshitters
    The Supergrass
    Consuela (or The New Mrs Saunders)

  Series 4  : 1988
    Private Enterprise
    The Stike
    More Bad News
    Mr Jolly Lives next Door

  Series 5  : 1990
    The Yob
    Didn't You Kill My Brother
    Funseekers

  Series 6  : 1992
    South Atlantic Raiders 1
    South Atlantic Raiders 2 (Argy Bargy)
    GLC : The Carnage Continues
    Oxford
    Spaghetti Hoops

  Series 7  : 1993
    Les Dogs
    Red Nose Of CCourage
    The Crying Game
    Wild Turkey
    Detectives On The Edge of a Nervous Breakdown
    Space Virgins From The Planet Sex

  Series 8  : 1998 / 2000 / 2005
    Queen Of The Wild Frontier
    Gregory - Diary Of A Nutcase
    Demonella
    Jealousy
    Four Men In A Car
    Four Men In A Plane

 

Bonus DVD

The Original Comic Strip Live at London's Raymond Revue Bar (29:10)
A hilarious "documentary" about a typical night at the Comic Strip club, directed by notable punk documentarian Julian Temple. Actual live performance footage is cut together with a fictional off-stage story of sex, drugs and comedy that resembles an episode of the eventual show.

The Comic Strip - A Retrospective (53:03)
A retrospective documentary about the series, compiled from recent [2007] interviews with many of the performers from the show.

First Laugh On Four (49:48)
A two part Channel 4 retrospective documentary about the show. This plays out in a very similar fashion to the other retrospective, but is made up of different interviews and tells a bit more of the history behind the comedians themselves.

1982
 
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3 per Series

20 for all 9 DVDs.

8 series

1 Bonus disk

 

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Rik Mayall


  Kevin Turvey Investigates

When Kevin Turvey made his first appearance, people couldn't believe this incredibly stupid young man had got a job at BBC as a investigating reporter, who "investigates everything properly, not like Keith Marshall". People actually thought Kevin Turvey was for real. But that is however not the case. It was one of British comedian Rik Mayall's first roles. Topics covered include the following...

    Death
    Work
    Media
    Sex
    Drugs
    Rock & Rock

1981 40 click to donate
& get both Kevin Turvey
shows.

 

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Rik Mayall
Adr Edmundson
Robbie Coltrane


  Kevin Turvey - The Green Door

This is the 40 minute VHS version (the TV broadcast version is only 30 minutes).

Kevin Turvey is an investigative reporter who works mainly in the Reditch area, Midlands, UK.

He investigates the park, the canal, the library, the supermarket... Sadly this character never had his own series. He did have a regular five minute section in the middle of a sketch show called A Kick Up the Eighties.

 

1982 40 click to donate
& get both Kevin Turvey
shows.

 

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Rik Mayall
Ade Edmundson
Nigel Planer


  Filthy Rich & Catflap

This is the Young Ones without Mike (Christopher Ryan). They are a few years older and living in a different flat, but much remains the same.


  Dead Milkmen
  Game Show
  Dinner Party
  A Death In The Family?
  Breakfast Television
  Smear Campaign

1987 6x30 click to donate
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