What a farce

Inevitably someone lost their trousers, someone got the wrong end of the stick and someone fell out of bed.

I do love a good farce and the one I saw at Sheringham last night didn’t disappoint. It had all the hallmarks of a classic farce but it did get me wondering if it was unique to Britain.

To the Googles….

I love this description on Wikipedia: “… viewers are encouraged not to try to follow the plot in order to avoid becoming confused and overwhelmed…”

Apparently farce is very big in France and they have comparable versions in Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia and Spain.

It’s also interesting to note the films and TV shows listed on the Wikipedia site under farce. Programmes such as 3rd Rock from the Sun and Police Squad I could just about understand but I think Frasier and The Beverly Hillbillies is pushing it a bit.

On film they have It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (kinda), The Pink Panther (possibly), The Three Stooges (More slapstick than face?) and 101 Dalmatians (1996) (definitely not farce).

Under animated shows they have Scooby-Doo (no way) and South Park (stretching it) but not The Simpsons (for which I would have said ’stretching it a bit’).


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