Beyond a Joke
Another month, and another set of articles I’ve written over on Ganymede & Titan – the Red Dwarf fansite where Rob Grant’s daughter once posted the immortal words “John is a whore”. This month, I’ve been posting a few joke history investigations:
- Firstly, a piece on Bob Monkhouse nicking a joke from Grant Naylor’s Radio 4 sketch show Son of Cliché.
- Then, I traced Grant Naylor reusing a joke throughout the 1980s, from sketch show Cliché right through to the first Red Dwarf novel. (This is my favourite thing I’ve done for G&T in ages.)
- Finally, an ongoing investigation: was Grant Naylor responsible for the famous quip about Ringo not even being the best drummer in the Beatles?
You will note from the update at the end of that last article that I am currently making my way through the entirety of The Burkiss Way. As punishments go, it’s not exactly a severe one.