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Definitions. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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An intellectual is someone who bangs on about Congreve and Wycherley and Udall and Wilde ... and refuses to admit that Morecambe and Wise, Ken Dodd, Tommy Cooper, and Frankie Howerd were bloody funny.

An academic is someone who writes and lectures about why Wilde and Sheridan and Shaw were funny ... but doesn't get the joke when it's Humph or Horne or Marsden or Kenneth Williams.



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steepholm From: steepholm Date: September 11th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, no, an intellectual is someone who writes about Kenneth Williams, Morecombe and Wise, etc. in such a way as to ensure that they aren't funny any more. I direct you to the latest copy of Studies in Twentieth-Century Hilarity, which includes such worthwhile articles as:

"'Just Like That': Cooper, Lacan and the Ontological Tyranny of the Mirror Stage."

"On the Way to the Forum: Traces of Speech and Presence in Howerd/(How-word?) and Beckett."

"Bringing Them Sunshine: Blakean Echoes in Eric and Ernie's Imperialist Imperative."

"'Put that Light Out!': Dad's Army as a Case Study in Oedipal Trauma."

Be careful what you wish for.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 11th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

You are, surely, joking.

You simply must be.
steepholm From: steepholm Date: September 11th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You are, surely, joking.

Well, yes, but many a true word...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 11th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Tcht.

Here I fed you w the perfect set-up for 'and don't call me Shirley' and you buggered up yr lines.

Sigh.
steepholm From: steepholm Date: September 11th, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Tcht.

:) Apologies to you, and to the great Mr Nielsen.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 11th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

You...

... are a cheeky chappie, Max.
steepholm From: steepholm Date: September 11th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You are, surely, joking.

I promise you, that is what a journal such as that would look like (and perhaps does). I have just read, for review, a book on humour in junior fiction, and I know whereof I speak.
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