Saturday Live – Open Space – tape 249

In the last episode of this series, the show opens with Ben Elton doing his topical monologue. Then there’s music from “old friends of the show” The Inspirational Choir, although I think this might be the first time I’ve had them on the blog.

The Inspirational Choir

Stavros is having to pack up and move out because his local area is being gentrified by ‘puppies’

Stavros 6

Comedy from Canada with Rick Ducommun

Rick Ducommun

Music from a new band, Boys Wonder. The singer has a tie with Sex written on it, and the guitarist has a Jim’ll Fix It badge on his guitar. Funny they never made it big.

Boys Wonder

Fry and Laurie (with help from Ben Elton) do Antiques Roadshow from the future.

Fry, Laurie and Elton

Even Harry Enfield makes an appearance, looking like an extra from Mad Max.

Hugh Laurie and Harry Enfield

Some queasy comedy from Frank Hovis aka Paul Sparkes.

Paul Sparkes as Frank Hovis

There’s a eurovision entry from Star Turn on 45 pints

Star Turn

Ben has to read an apology to the Hounslow Informer for using their name with a fictitious newspaper article.

Rich Marotta and Twila Zone perform some comedy magic

Rich Marotta and Twila Zone

Fry and Laurie do a sketch about fast food.

Fry and Laurie - fast food

Ben Elton does some standup, and there’s more music from the Inspirational Choir, and the credits roll.

But it’s not over, there’s still time for a big closing number. A bit ramshackle…

After this, recording switches to Open Space and an episode called Did You Hear the One About The Englishman, which addresses the issue of racism, sexism and homophobia in stand up comedy.

It’s an uncomfortable watch, to hear a young comic say that he has to use racist material to get a laugh, and ‘at the end of the day you’ve got to get paid’.

There’s contributions from comedians on the other side of the argument, like Mark Steel.

Mark Steel

and Jeremy Hardy.

Jeremy Hardy 2

Bernard Manning is particularly malevolent. “If you get a coloured gentleman in the audience he throws his head back and laughs. If he has any sense.”

Paul Jackson tells the story about how a scene in the Young Ones featuring a racist policeman actually led to more racism in playgrounds.

Paul Jackson 2

Kit Hollerbach talks about rape jokes.

Kit Hollerbach

BBC Genome: BBC Two – 9th June 1990 – 22:15

After this programme there’s an advert for French & Saunders live video.

Then there’s the start of Saturday Night Clyde, an arts programme from Glasgow. After a minute, recording stops, and underneath there’s an old movie, I Wake Up Screaming.

Then, the tape ends during an episode of The Twilight Zone called In Praise of Pip starring Jack Klugman.

Jack Klugman


  • Lloyd’s Bank – John Sessions, Leo McKern
  • Heineken
  • madame Tussauds
  • Old Spice
  • Pizza Hut
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Hertz – Ronnie Corbett and Ronnie Barker, plus Jimmy Greaves
  • Old El Paso Tacos
  • Stanley
  • Our Price – Culture Club – This Time
  • American Express – Seve Ballesteros
  • Pizza Hut
  • Kaliber
  • Cream Silk
  • Lloyd’s Bank
  • Vauxhall Belmont
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Castrol GTX
  • UniChem
  • Air Canada
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Castlemaine XXXX
  • Cadbury’s Roses
  • Stanley
  • Tower Records
  • Abbey Life – Slatterywatch Klaxon
  • Heinz Salad Cream
  • Do It All
  • Daily Mirror
  • InterCity
  • Stanley
  • AA
  • Gold Blend
  • Renault
  • Heinz Salad Cream
  • Castella Classic
  • Quality Street
  • Guinness

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