Reading Of Will - approx. 1985
September 1, 2017 9:49 PM   Subscribe

Rowan Atkinson Sketch - single link youtube
posted by growabrain (10 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
 
Wow, Rowan Atkinson was so funny on so many levels. He could do it himself, yet could play brilliantly off of others.

Wait, he's not dead?
posted by Sphinx at 10:55 PM on September 1


Having encountered him only in comic roles, it was rather strange to see him recently as Maigret. Was constantly expecting him to, well yes, perform a sketch. It's a pity actually that the creators didn't use his comic talent for turning Maigret into something less serious and perhaps a bit satirical. As it turned out, Atkinson's performance felt rather constrained, like he had to hold himself back. Perhaps I'm being unfair, but Maigret in a serious British high drama vein doesn't seem like the best use of his talents.

Also, thanks for the laughs.
posted by sapagan at 11:14 PM on September 1 [1 favorite]


If you liked this, I should point out that Rowan Atkinson Live is on YouTube officially now.
posted by Gary at 1:11 AM on September 2 [2 favorites]


Fun but to me it felt like weak jokes. Rowan does not need the support of "jokes": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiWJWLCoH2M
posted by merlynkline at 1:17 AM on September 2 [1 favorite]


Interesting to watch the film The Tall Guy which is, in part, based on being Atkinson straight-man in these sketches where Atkinson plays himself as a really horrible person. (It's written by Richard Curtis who wrote / co-wrote much of Atkinson's early stuff)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:55 AM on September 2 [1 favorite]


The man used to drive a McLaren F1 as his daily driver.
posted by lagomorphius at 5:57 AM on September 2 [2 favorites]


It's extremely rare for a comedian to be famous for two characters (Mr. Bean and the Blackadder family) that are in two completely different schools of comedy (Physical and Verbal) and he's a genius at both.

And since we're posting links: "I am the Devil. Good evening."
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 5:58 AM on September 2 [2 favorites]


Anybody seen Myprick?
posted by growabrain at 8:10 AM on September 2


Baldrick, I believe the phrase rhymes with clucking bell....
posted by DreamerFi at 11:10 AM on September 2


I was crazily lucky enough to be in the audience for his Live In Boston 1991. In this clip, you can hear me bark-laugh.
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 12:18 PM on September 2 [1 favorite]


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