Clive Anderson Talks Back – Just For Laughs – tape 1792

Mostly comedy on this tape. First, Clive Anderson Talks Back with guests Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn

Jimmy Hill

Jimmy Hill

and racist comedian Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson

He’s a bit chippy, as he often is on this kind of chat show, having mild jabs at Ben Elton. Then moans about woman drivers. Awful.

After this, recording switches, and there’s another Just For Laughs, once again with Chris Evans hosting.

But this one isn’t another big theatre show, it’s a smaller venue, with a show called ‘Queer Comics’ hosted by Julian Clary.

Julian Clary

Acts on the show are Mark Davies

Mark Davies

Elvira Kurt

Elvira Kurt

Bob Downe

Bob Downe

Bob Smith

Bob Smith

Steve Moore

Steve Moore

Suzanne Westenhoefer

Suzanne Westenhoefer

After this, another Clive Anderson Talks Back with guests Antoine de Caunes

Antoine de Caunes

Bernie Grant

Bernie Grant

and Billy Crystal

Billy Crystal

After this, another Just For Laughs, with a bill hosted by Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

From Los Angeles, John Ridley

John Ridley

Donna McPhail

Donna McPhail

Steady Eddie

Steady Eddie

Mr Methane

Mr Methane

Dom Irrera

Dom Irrera

Harry Hill

Harry Hill

Mike Wilmot

Mike Wilmot

Anthony Clark

Anthony Clarke

and Bobby Slayton, who manages to insult about twelve different minority groups, then starts having a go at a man in a stupid suit in the audience – and it’s Chris Evans in his pink suit.

Bobby Slayton

After this, there’s the start of The Blood Beast Terror, a classic Peter Cushing horror, also starring Benedict Cumberbatch’s mother, Wanda Ventham. The tape ends shortly into the film.

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4 comments

  1. The only thing I remember about Bobby Slayton is that when Lee and Herring were presenting Just For Laughs on Channel 5, they really liked his catchphrase “Make me a sandwich” so when he was invited around to their hotel room for an interview they had made him about a billion sandwiches. He looked confused.

  2. Yes! Bobby “Make Me A Sandwich” Slayton! I was about to mention that myself. This came about because Slayton did a routine about how it was awful that women talked all the time and wanted to get involved in men’s work, when what they should actually do is “make me a sandwich!”. And as you say, Richard Herring decided that should be his catchphrase, said it a million times for the rest of the series and always faithfully referred to him as Bobby “Make Me A Sandwich” Slayton. Still to this day I remember Bobby “Make Me A Sandwich” Slayton.

    That was a great series, actually, Just For Laughs had always been a bit of a grim affair, but Lee and Herring’s series – which featured clips from every year’s event, not just that year – was great fun because they would talk about the clips and often take the piss out of them, as with Slayton. I remember at the end of the last episode, Stew said “That’s the end of our coverage of the Montreal Comedy Festival. I think what we’ve learned is that there are too many comedians, and rather than having a festival to celebrate them, we should instead consider a government-approved cull.”

    Sadly, the second series they did, the following year, was nowhere near as good as it was obvious they recorded the links before they chose the clips, so they couldn’t do any jokes about them, which was a shame,

    I do remember this Just For Laughs programme, though, because it was the first time I ever saw Harry Hill do stand-up on the telly and absolutely loved it. Still one of my favourite ever comedians. The set for that show makes it look like it was sponsored by Windows 95.

  3. I honestly had to skip most of Slayton’s act because it was so full of ‘punching down’. Even his poking fun at Chris Evans wasn’t funny because I’m not totally sure he had any idea who Evans was. It just felt like watching a hate-filled ball of perma-tanned rage, and there’s too many of those around now for that to be entertaining.

    I did like the WIndows 95 branding though.

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