Podcast 288: This is our Everest, Part Thirty-Four – Copy Cats (1985)

by | Mar 4, 2021

On This Is Our Everest this week, your intrepid heroes watched the 1985 ITV quickfire comedy sketch and impressions show Copy Cats, an innocuous enough sounding task which actually pushed both men to the limits of human endurance. It’s a show designed by history to explain why “Alternative Comedy” had to happen exactly when it did and nobody emerges unscathed from the whole sorry affair.

There’s something for everyone here: discriminatory humour, childish jokes, Bobby Davro and, inevitably, Peggy from Hi-Di-Hi; as well as largely unexpected appearances by E.L. Wisty and C.U. Jimmy, both of whom were fictional characters as far as we knew. It’s neither big nor clever, and even Edward – a card-carrying juvenile buffoon – found the programme almost entirely unsatisfactory. Come gather round and bask in the warming glow of our pent-up rage and frustration. If you’d like to watch the programme, you can find it here on YouTube. More fool you, if you do.

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