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Larry the Leit

Minor celebrities with no discernible talent

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Brian Blessed. I hear he's an actor, but everything I've seen him in he's just playing Brian Blessed shouting.

Listen to the recent podcast of the infinite monkey cage where Blessed talks very eloquently on the subject of space travel and human endeavour. I don't know much about his acting career, apart from playing Voltair in Flash Gordon ;), but I admire his humour, his adventures and wish I had tiny bit of his get up and go attitude.

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Listen to the recent podcast of the infinite monkey cage where Blessed talks very eloquently on the subject of space travel and human endeavour. I don't know much about his acting career, apart from playing Voltair in Flash Gordon ;), but I admire his humour, his adventures and wish I had tiny bit of his get up and go attitude.

he was brilliant as Jock Weir's partner in Z Cars

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You weren't replying to the thread title, you were replying to Max's post. Perhaps you could do him the courtesy of reading it.

If the basis of someones argument is that "us men get a bit blind when we see a pair of ####" then I think my point is well made.

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I don't think I said it's impossible to be posh and successful in comedy just that it is a disadvantage rather than an advantage.

The general trend seems to be that people from what some people would call 'posh' backgrounds generally make it in sketch shows (Footlights etc.), while those that could be called 'working class'* tend to work their way up the ladder from stand-up comedy. There are exceptions, of course.

 

Neither is intrinsically better just because of the relative wealth of their parents, and if you let someone's family, accent or place of education dictate what you permit yourself to see as funny, then that's a bit sad.

 

*there's a tedious thread specially set up for this subject somewhere... ;)

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Jo Whiley. So glee and cool it's painful, loves "quality" music, but happy to promote any old tat voicing adverts for a bung of cash.

Johnny Ball's daughter as above.

You're as miserable as bedlam breakout.

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Fancy Smith

 

 

You're as miserable as bedlam breakout.

no

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Pat Sharp.

 

The only decent station I can get at work, that don't play One Direction every 4 minutes, is Smooth radio, and how he gets the DJ-ing afternoon gig I don't know.

 

The guy is a vacuous man-child.

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Listen to the recent podcast of the infinite monkey cage where Blessed talks very eloquently on the subject of space travel and human endeavour. I don't know much about his acting career, apart from playing Voltair in Flash Gordon ;), but I admire his humour, his adventures and wish I had tiny bit of his get up and go attitude.

Thanks for that, I'm not sure that being eloquent warrants the fame he has.

I'm not of an ancient enough vintage to have seen Flash Gordon or Z-cars.

So what's he done since?

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Thanks for that, I'm not sure that being eloquent warrants the fame he has.

I'm not of an ancient enough vintage to have seen Flash Gordon or Z-cars.

So what's he done since?

Are you saying he doesn't have any talent?

A quick look at IMDB shows that he has even very prolific in recent years working on children's television series and had a part in Family Guy.

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 I don't think you endear yourself to an audience by telling them about anecdotes from your preparatory school.

 

No.  But you will almost certainly have gone to one.

 

You can play a game trying to find the comedians who aren't poshos.

 

David Mitchell is.  If you're one of the 7% (who account for over 80% of the media) who went to fee-paying school you're posh.

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Are you saying he doesn't have any talent?

A quick look at IMDB shows that he has even very prolific in recent years working on children's television series and had a part in Family Guy.

 

I'm somewhat split on Brian Blessed.  He's very talented at playing Brian Blessed.  He's also excellent in Peppa Pig.

 

But he did come across as out of his depth in The Infinite Monkey Cage even if his heart was in the right place.

 

He's an actual not-at-all posho though so I give him the benefit of the doubt.

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I'm somewhat split on Brian Blessed.  He's very talented at playing Brian Blessed.  He's also excellent in Peppa Pig.

 

But he did come across as out of his depth in The Infinite Monkey Cage even if his heart was in the right place.

 

He's an actual not-at-all posho though so I give him the benefit of the doubt.

I watched him in the repeats of I Claudius on BBC Three recently, and at no point did he do the Brian Blessed Shouty Thing. In fact, he was quite good. I suspect that over the years he's fallen into that caricature of himself, in much the same way that lots of actors do. Al Pacino starts a sentence softly, raises his voice in the middle, and then softens at the end. Does it all the time. Jack Nicholson has spent years being bigger than big, some blame seems to go to Kubrick who kept telling him "bigger, Jack, bigger" whilst filming The Shining.

 

Lots of actors just fall into that trap.

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I watched him in the repeats of I Claudius on BBC Three recently, and at no point did he do the Brian Blessed Shouty Thing. In fact, he was quite good. I suspect that over the years he's fallen into that caricature of himself, in much the same way that lots of actors do. Al Pacino starts a sentence softly, raises his voice in the middle, and then softens at the end. Does it all the time. Jack Nicholson has spent years being bigger than big, some blame seems to go to Kubrick who kept telling him "bigger, Jack, bigger" whilst filming The Shining.

 

Lots of actors just fall into that trap.

 

Good points.  I suspect there's also a strong case of giving the public what they want - rather like McEnroe doing his staged protests even on the senior circuit.

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I watched him in the repeats of I Claudius on BBC Three recently, and at no point did he do the Brian Blessed Shouty Thing. In fact, he was quite good. I suspect that over the years he's fallen into that caricature of himself, in much the same way that lots of actors do. Al Pacino starts a sentence softly, raises his voice in the middle, and then softens at the end. Does it all the time. Jack Nicholson has spent years being bigger than big, some blame seems to go to Kubrick who kept telling him "bigger, Jack, bigger" whilst filming The Shining.

 

Lots of actors just fall into that trap.

Interesting that many of the Hollywood stars who go on at length about 'method acting' actually play pretty much the same character all the time, just like the 'non-method' actors. Mumblin' Marlon Brando was one and, as stated above, Al Pacino does his "whisper whisper whisper SHOUT SHOUT SHOUT" thing rather a lot.

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I have no discernible talent.

 

Please can I be a minor celebrity?

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I have no discernible talent.

 

Please can I be a minor celebrity?

I'd say you were more B flat.

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Pat Sharp.

 

 

Posho.

 

Prep school followed by Merchant Taylors.

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Posho.

 

Prep school followed by Merchant Taylors.

Pat nice but dim.

 

 

 

 

Oh, hang on...

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I don't have a problem with quite a few listed on here because I know what their day job is. I might not like them or think they are world beaters but I accept that.

 

I do have a problem with the David Guests of the world. I have no idea what he does other than marry actresses. Same goes for all these "reality stars" Wish we had a channel just for them.

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I watched him in the repeats of I Claudius on BBC Three recently, and at no point did he do the Brian Blessed Shouty Thing. In fact, he was quite good. I suspect that over the years he's fallen into that caricature of himself, in much the same way that lots of actors do. Al Pacino starts a sentence softly, raises his voice in the middle, and then softens at the end. Does it all the time. Jack Nicholson has spent years being bigger than big, some blame seems to go to Kubrick who kept telling him "bigger, Jack, bigger" whilst filming The Shining.

 

Lots of actors just fall into that trap.

I don't know to what extent the actors concerned are in control of events. Do directors say "I want a big shouty bloke, what's Blessed doing these days?" It wouldn't surprise me if he was a bit tired about the whole thing (except when checking the bank balance).

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Are you saying he doesn't have any talent?

A quick look at IMDB shows that he has even very prolific in recent years working on children's television series and had a part in Family Guy.

I've not seen him show any talent. I'm happy to have be corrected, although it does appear to be largely historical.

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Brian Blessed.  I hear he's an actor, but everything I've seen him in he's just playing Brian Blessed shouting.

 

But he plays Brian Blessed shouting better than any other actor out there. 

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I watched him in the repeats of I Claudius on BBC Three recently, and at no point did he do the Brian Blessed Shouty Thing. 

 

Oh, yes he did. IS THERE NO-ONE IN ROME WHO HASN'T SLEPT WITH MY DAUGHTER!!!!

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