Friday, March 03, 2017

Funny Friday

I never watched Blankety Blanks regularly, but when I did catch it, I always found it amusing. The late Graham Kennedy carried the show. I believe there was a US version of the show too. 4:19 Only two of the seven are still alive; John Paul Young, lower right and Noeline Brown, top middle. Noeline looked after Graham in his last years.

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  1. I don't recall ever seeing Blankety Blanks - but from somewhere developed a fondness for Noeline Brown. Funny and classy.

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    1. EC, she is one of my favourites of her vintage, a kind and decent person and also very funny. She lives in Bowral, or used to. Thats............ah not so close to you.

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  2. Blankety Blanks... ah yes... the show deemed too rude for me to watch by my parents, but I do recall seeing snippets of it.

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    1. CM, the humour would be over the head of a child, but not a teenager. It can't have been that bad though, as I think it was broadcast in the late afternoon.

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    2. Not at all over the head of a child, if that child was allowed to watch everything funny that her dad did. Including naughty Benny Hill.

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    3. Oh yes River. Benny Hill, and who us don't just laugh automatically if anything is accompanied by the Benny Hill theme music.

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  3. Some where in mid 70's there was show like this, called Match game pm...and every so often a Dumb Dora would come up.
    "Dumb Dora was so dumb how dumb was she..." Anyhow I love the show.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I have a vague memory of Dumb Dora. While they were so awful, we saw some very old seventies games shows when we were in New York. They were so bad, they were funny.

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  4. Can't say I remember watching but knew of it. I presume I was doing something else at that time.

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    1. Poor excuse Margaret. Running a house, bringing up children, working...and you couldn't find time for tv.

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  5. Crikey ..... Mum LOVED blankety blanks. Matter of fact she LOVED anything that involved Graham Kennedy. Such talent, aye?? Noelene Brown, Stuart Wagstaff, Ugly Dave and more. Funny ... On a trip to Bowral,Mum and Dad had dinner once in the hotel Graham frequented and he was there enjoying a meal. He would be there for lunch most days but hated for anyone to make a fuss. EVERYONE knew this and left him to dine alone and no-one disturbed him. I wonder if such respect would be shown these days. The rapport between Noelene and Graham was something else, aye??

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    1. Charlie, and don't forget Noel Ferrier. What a nice brush with fame your folks had. Depending on the person, I think even now someone who clearly desired privacy would have that respected. I wee Patsy King often enough Governor Mrs Davidson in Prisoner. I can't be the only one who knows who she is, but no one says anything. I used to see Pixie Skase quite often too and no one bothered her. Noelene and Graham were friends on screen and Noeline and her husband were Graham's friends offscreen too.

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    2. Noel Ferrier!! ..... Mum says thanks for reminding her. There were others too that she has forgotten. Some she liked .... some not so much. Dita Cobb .... did she get that right?? Was she on blankety blanks and Carol Raye????? There was another blonde sheila too but Mum can't remember her name. Dementia is obviously creeping in aye?? My Mum's Mum was a friend of Stuart Wagstaff.

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    3. Carol Raye certainly was. I remember Dita Cobb but I don't remember her being on the show. Stuart was the one of the most urbane men on tv. I don't think he was the marrying kind but he was terrible influence on impressionable people with his Benson and Hedges ads.

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  6. OMG that's hilarious!!
    I'd completely forgotten about that show. We used to watch it every week. Graham Kennedy was preferred over Ernie Sigley, I remember that.

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    1. River, Graham's timing was impeccable. I was never fond of Ernie, in whatever he did.

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  7. We watched this every week. Loved it!

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    1. BY, they were all such great Australian talent, who we may never see again in the same form.

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  8. He was the master of innuendo wasn't he, really funny 😀

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    1. Grace, he was just brilliant and his timing impeccable, yet suffered terrible stage nerves and his closeted life was a bit sad.

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  9. I remember the show, Always enjoyed it.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, it is hard to imagine getting away with such a show now.

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  10. We had Match Game here too. The host I believe was Adam West who had played the original Batman, but that's if my memory is not failing me.

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    1. Ohhhh, Strayer, I rather liked Adam West.

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