Our Top 5: Comedy Duos

 Armstrong and Miller

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Before Alexander Armstrong was a Pointless host and the man your mum definitely has a crush on, (trust me, she does) he was half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller, with fellow Cambridge graduate Ben Miller. Their sketch shows featured wonderfully absurd one-offs (such as a choreographed musical number about farmers markets) and an array of recurring characters, most famously the RAF pilots who speak in modern slang (“Fo sho, those Germans will be owned, blood. Isn’t it. Isn’t it though”).

Memorable quote:

“I was playing a chef who in real life burnt his hand on a hot stove, when suddenly I burnt my elbow on a hot stove.” – Miller, in a sketch about accident insurance for actors who injure themselves acting in accident insurance adverts.

 

Fey and Poehler

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are successful as individuals – Fey created and starred in 30 Rock and Poehler is Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope – but a lot of their best moments happen together. Whether serving as the first female co-anchors of SNL’s Weekend Update, starring together in films like Mean Girls, Baby Mama and Sisters, or ripping stars to shreds at the Golden Globes, these two have helped put funny women into the mainstream.

Memorable quote:

“Gravity is nominated for Best Film. It’s the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a women his own age.”  – Fey at the 2014 Golden Globes.

 

French and Saunders

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Their sketch show ran for 7 seasons and 47 episodes between 1987 and 2007, not including their Comic Relief specials or live touring shows. A lot of the best sketches are big-budget parodies, but the heart of the show was always the relationship between Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. French and Saunders have won numerous awards and much critical acclaim individually for The Vicar of Dibley and Absolutely Fabulous respectively, and were jointly awarded the BAFTA fellowship in 2009.
(Also they are rumored to be replacing Mel and Sue on The Great British Bakeoff, as if they didn’t have their national treasure statuses secured already!)

Memorable quote:

Not a quote as such but watch this.

 

Pegg and Frost

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Hot Fuzz. Shaun of the Dead. Bits of The World’s End. Need I say more?

Memorable quote:

“DS Andy Wainwright: You do know there are more guns in the country than there are in the city.

DS Andy Cartwright: Everyone and their mums is packin’ round here.

Nicholas Angel: Like who?

DS Andy Wainwright: Farmers.

Nicholas Angel: Who else?

DS Andy Cartwright: Farmers’ mums.” – From Hot Fuzz.

 

Laurel and Hardy

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Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are comedy legends, the kings of slapstick and the source of many a dad joke. Over their careers they starred together in a staggering 107 films, including 23 full-length features, and they bumbled their way into the hearts of a generation with their masterful use of visual comedy, as well as smatterings of great one-liners (such as “I was dreaming I was awake but I woke up and found myself asleep”).

Memorable quote:

“Hardy: Call me a cab.

Laurel: You’re a cab.” – From Another Fine Mess.

 

Hannah McLeod
Clogs Editor 

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