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.
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