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FlashBack Friday: Black Comedy TV

For anyone new to FlashBack Friday, it is a time to draw for the archives in my brain in hope of bringing a smile to your face as we reminisce *cue "Awwwww"'s*. Out here for my 90s kids (term "80's baby" gets political).

Black History Month, so what better way than dedicate today to a time when we had good black comdey shows written by black people. I don't know which wise-guy let black people write comedies back then because in the 00's that isn't the case.

To all my non-black's I hope you can appreciate this post without thinking it's racist or not for you. 'Racist' seems to be any easy word to throw around when a race is stated (eg. MOBO, BET...), but I never coined the term, black comedies was named by the broadcasters. It wasn't only for black people to watch, the same way something like Kumars At No. 42/Goodness Gracious Me or Men Behaving Badly/Absolutely Fabulous weren't created for the specific race it written by.

Anyway, not gonna go all preachy. These programs were the shit yeh?

Desmond's was my favourite theme song of all these comedies. You could just hear Caribbean. Yeh it was Soca but it gave me them flashbacks of sun, sea and the Lilt Man! Riddim up



Who remembers Blouse and Skirt? Judging by what comes on TV nowadays you'd never believe they had shows like this. Said it was screened in the 80s but I'm sure I remember seeing this as a yout'. Surely I wouldn't remember something from the 80s (no I'm not going to bait my age!). Blacka and Bello give me so much jokes. Caribbean comedians were different to the crass American's who let off a swear word a minute. Rate the Yank ones highly, but couldn't watch with my parents or let the know I was watching. Anyway, here's the video:



Lastly, the classic everyone remembers, The Real McCoy! Robbie Gee, Eddie Nestor, Felix Dexter, Rudi Lickwood, Junior Simpson all appeared on this show.



Too much joke



If you don't remember anything about the show, you must remember Rub-A-Dub



Also embraced/kick started the careers of future Asian comedy heroes Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar



Click here to watch a whole bag of Real McCoy

Also had A-Force which was big! Who woulda thought that just over a decade later we'd go from those to The Crouches and Little Miss Jocelyn on some stupidness with Lenny Henry, bloody Lenny Henry having the closest thing to the above. SMH (shaking my head) x KMT (kissing my teeth).

*Mini sermon alert* I feel having comedies displaying ethnic minority backgrounds, not only black Caribbean, black African, black UK and British Asian, Asian, but also Oriental, Arab, Eastern Europeans and them should all have a program. Have a decent (not necessarily prime-time) slot for ethnic minotiry comedies and make them share it. It will give a better understanding of culture. Meant to be a multi-cultural society, but we don't understand each others cultures and BNP are growing? Doesn't make sense. We all love to laugh!

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