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The Media in Scotland$
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Neil Blain and David Hutchison

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627998

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.001.0001

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Broadcast Comedy

Broadcast Comedy

Chapter:
(p.137) 9 Broadcast Comedy
Source:
The Media in Scotland
Author(s):

Neil Blain

David Hutchison

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627998.003.0009

The Scots have a long history of comic writing and comic performance, from Harry Lauder to Billy Connolly. In this chapter the way in which broadcasting initially looked to music hall and variety for performers and material is discussed. Thereafter broadcasting developed its own original comic writers and performers. The chapter argues that The McFlannels, originally a radio series in the 1940s, was the first original comedy show produced by Scottish broadcasting. The chapter critiques shows produced by BBC Scotland and the commercial broadcasters, and offers detailed analysis of several recent situation comedies including Still Game and Rab C. Nesbitt. Their distinctiveness is compared to English and American output in this genre.

Keywords:   comic writing, comic performance, Billy Connolly, situation comedy, Rab C. Nesbitt

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