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The Fast Show 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (1994–2000)
UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society.
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Series cast summary:
Simon Day ...
 Various Roles / ... 21 episodes, 1994-2000
Paul Shearer ...
 Various Roles / ... 20 episodes, 1994-2000
Maria McErlane ...
 Various Roles / ... 15 episodes, 1996-2000
Donna Ewin ...
 Chanel 9 Girl / ... 13 episodes, 1996-2000
Rory Jennings ...


UK comedy sketch show depicting most forms of stereotypical mid-90's British society.

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Release Date:

30 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brilliant!  »

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(25 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Jazz Club" guest Jeremy Quee, who performs the song 'Car Pollution Hypocrisy' was intended to be a satirical parody of jazz/funk singer 'Jason Kay' of Jamiroquai, who, having recorded several songs about the environment, is an enthusiastic and self confessed "petrolhead" who owns and drives a range of luxury and high-performance sports cars . See more »


Louis Balfour: What are you going to play for us today, Jackson?
Jackson Jeffery Jackson: Trumpet.
Louis Balfour: No, er, what tune?
Jackson Jeffery Jackson: [indignant] Tune? This' jazz!
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits of the Series 3 finale, we see The Suit You Tailors starring at a armless mannequin's genitals. The Suit You Tailors pull back up the boxing shorts on the mannequin and they nod at each other. See more »


Featured in Without Walls: The Greatest F***King Show on TV (1994) See more »


Release Me
Written by Eddie Miller, Robert Yount, and Dub Williams
Performed by Paul Whitehouse
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And then Britain gave birth to the finest comedy ever...which was nice.
23 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

I pity any American reading this, I truly do. Over here we get the absolute cream of the sketch show crop. An absolute masterpiece of comedy writing and acting. In America, the cream of the comedy crop is "Everybody Loves Raymond". Hah!

Some of the catchphrases in the Fast Show are so ingrained into the British national concsience that they are regularly used in just about every type of media outlet. "Football isn't it?" "You aint seen me, right?" "This week I have been mostly..." "Suit you sir!" "Schorchio!" the list goes on. What Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson have created here is legend. If there was a book on how to do great sketch shows, this would be the foundation.

The reason the Fast Show works so well is that it has found the balance. It's funny on the most basic level of physichal comedy and repeated simplicity for those who wish to switch there brains off for half an hour, whilst simaltaneously being sharply satirical and brilliantly observed enough to engage the more cynicaly minded viewer. The fact that Ron Manager, the football analyst now has his own column in a Saturday Sport pullout in the Guardian is a measure of what huge cult figures the characters have become.

So in conclusion I would just like to say:

Son terrenos el kleftikos den teflon do Fast Show est ter keles butros butros Gahli. Faliahala falihala faliahalay faliahala Chris Waddle. Ten deros muchos bonkos hinky sminky pinky meth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth-eth Nelson Mandela win on penalties. Hava vin doros fendevicos Sheffield Uwednesdaye e hemeriodos ton fig leaf e six gerbils.

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