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Make ‘Em Laugh

SOME HOPE. Here was another plate of MARK CURRY served up whenever TREASURE HOUSES wasn’t on, and involving our man lazily bunging on ancient creaky Keystone Cops and Harold Lloyd silents from a pretend cinema while an off-screen American voiceover man did the real work (“Uh-oh! Here comes young Harold with a pie! Now, what could possibly go wrong?”) Also purported to “lift the lid” on how some of those “wacky tricks” were done, but only of the calibre of “how can one man appear to be carrying both ends of a roll of carpet?”



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    This has got me thinking…in the 1975 Goodies episode ‘the Movies’, in the very first scene Bill is watching silent movies on television, with an American “Uh oh! See him collide with that tray of custard pies!” commentary audible. It’s Graeme Garden, obviously, but it was plainly satirizing the above-mentioned voice-overs from Curry’s show which began in the eighties. So was there another, similar series before Make ‘Em Laugh?

  2. Applemask

    May 25, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Hey, fuck you, voiceover man, it was Harold who did the real work, and you know it, you pussy!

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