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Hybrids, Part One

Cross this man

With this man, wearing this suit

And you'll get:

Don't get me wrong - I adore Hot Chocolate. I think that Errol released some of the best songs of the disco era to come out of the UK - hands down, and he deserved his recent MBE. Just that, both in looks and vocally, he appears to be a hybrid of Freddie and Louis...

Scary, isn't it?

Flowery Twats

We've gotten to talking about Fawlty Towers, English and American comedy over at Norm Breyfogle's forum, and someone asked about the short run series shown on American TV that were 'adapted' from Fawlty. Here's my response...

You've never seen Amanda's then? Tonight, when you go to bed, pray to whatever God you have and thank him for bestowing such love and devotion upon you.

The premise is that some cretin at ABC thought that Fawlty Towers could be vastly improved if it was re-made with Americans - probably the same idiot who thought Robin's Nest would be better with John Ritter. Anyway, they took the FT scripts and rather than leaving enough alone they again 'improved' them. Basil Fawlty became Amanda Cartwright and as such John Cleese became Bea Arthur. They also introduced some new characters, including a banker who kept trying to foreclose on the property, thus making Bea look kinda sympathetic - I'd say that was mistake number one, …

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