Satirical sit-down comedian Dave Allen has died. Now, it was some time since he was in the spotlight, but as an "Irish Woody Allen", he was sort of groundbreaking for British Comedy, the way he mixed sex and religion into his humor.
"I'm an atheist...
thank God." - Dave Allen
I guess what really made him stand out, was that he really was a storytelling stand-up comedian, even if he sat down with a glass of whiskey and a fag, and simply delivered most of the jokes in a very dry way, trusting the material rather than the performance, a sort of total opposite of the British Vaudeville (Benny Hill etc), and the University Revues (Monty Python etc). He showed that, with good jokes and timing, it was possible to be fun in an intelligent and, often, not that obvious way ("If it's sent by ship then it's a cargo, but if it's sent by road, then it's a shipment."). Being very outspoken and direct, he also got in a lot of hot water, such as being banned by Australian TV for a year (after having told his producer to go and jerk off, or being debated in the House of Commons for ending a joke with the word "Fuck")
Even if I don't miss him as such, I do miss the kind of observational humor, seeing the funny side of things, the way he did. You have various stand up comedians doing the same (Seinfeld, Billy Connolly etc), but none really does it the way he did it.
"Don't mourn for me now, don't mourn for me never - I'm going to do nothing for ever and ever"
- Dave Allen (on what he wanted to be inscribed on his tombstone.)</i>
BBC News - Comedy Quotes
The Guardian - Obituary
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