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Cult comedy the IT Crowd is set to return to our screens for one last hurrah, with filming for a final episode understood to start in weeks. According to comic book website Bleeding Cool, the script was written last year and the cast are about to assemble to film one last 40-minute show. IT Crowd creator Graham Linehan …

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I wonder what OS their NLE system runs on?

"Err... Vista."

"WE'RE DOOMED!"

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I have to say - Katherine Parkinson is absolute genius in "Before the Party" at The Almeida, finishing its run tomorrow night.

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re: "Before the Party" at The Almeida

How absolutely scrumptious of you to say so - dahling !

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Its time to celebrate!

Anyone up for a game of Street Countdown?

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Re: Its time to celebrate!

I came here to drink milk and kick ass. And I've just finished my milk.

[There's no milk icon]

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Re: Its time to celebrate!

TNETENNBA

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Re: Its time to celebrate!

Overnumerousness.

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Re: Its time to celebrate!

That's a nice tnetennba!

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http://www.collinsdictionary.com/submission/4616/tnetennba

Only, if only!

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Thank you for not mentioning "The Watch"

A man has to earn a living, but still...

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Re: Thank you for not mentioning "The Watch"

I wasted an hour and a half of my life watching that. Admittedly I was in a plane, but I could have stared at some clouds or something.

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Re: Thank you for not mentioning "The Watch"

Yeah, sadly such comedy does not seem to necessarily translate to or match the ideas of Hollywood. :(

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Well that's easy to remember:

0118 999 881 999 119 7253

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Dear sir or madam. Fire, exclamation mark. Fire, exclamation mark.

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Ah, golf is so funny!

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haha, that number!

And with the added pause before mentioning the last digit:

0118 999 881 999 119 725......... 3

"Which country am I speaking to?"

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TNETENNBA

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^that's a nice TNETENNBA

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A fire?

At Sea Parks?!

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What about Chris Morris!!

He was briliant in the first series as the barking mad of Denholm Reynholm.

The episode where he thanked everybody (including the toilet cleaners) except the IT team for making the new system a success was so true to life.

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Re: What about Chris Morris!!

There were plenty of true to life, right to the bone depictions of a real IT worker in the IT Crowd.

For example, me buried here in my basement... no one on the upper two floors really knows what I do. If I'm even in, or whatever. I'm pretty much a real life interpretation of Richmond, well, a non goth Richmond... but you get the point.

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Re: What about Chris Morris!!

Oh look, Richmond's still alive.

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Cuke?

It's like heaven in a can!

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"We don't need no education"

"Yes you do. You've just used a double negative."

\o/

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So glad these are still live!

http://www.reynholm.co.uk/

http://www.friendface.co.uk/

http://www.howlonghaveyougot.com/

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Re: So glad these are still live!

http://www.ladyproblems.org.uk/

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Re: So glad these are still live!

Thanks for those, I never knew that http://www.reynholm.co.uk/ existed. I'm sorting my Reynholm security pass now :)

BTW you missed out on http://www.ladyproblems.org.uk/

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Re: So glad these are still live!

Good catch! I never knew about that one. It's those kind of touches that makes certain TV shows really stand out from the rest. Whenever I hear a 'fictional' website in a TV show, I can never resit seeing if it exists. NOt found any though. Anyone else?

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Re: So glad these are still live!

Wow, they went to real trouble... even the pw files, in plain text. :D

http://www.reynholm.co.uk/~moss/files/pw.store/77258149.pw

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That line.

Why is it funny? If you've ever had to support typical users you'll have said it a bajillion times.

If you had a sitcom set in a bar, would the barman asking "would you like ice with that?" somehow become hailed as an example of comic writing genius?

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Re: That line.

Yes but if every other customer asked if the Banana Daquari contained Bananas that observation would be funny.

Its the combination of communication,observation & timing that makes things funny.

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Re: That line.

Why is it funny? If you've ever had to support typical users you'll have said it a bajillion times.

I was going to post a short quip ridiculing you for posting this question, but I've done that type of thing a bajillion times.Instead, I'm going to assume you're not a troll, and just completely uninformed on the topic on the humor of the banal.

The entire point of the joke is that support has said it a bajillion times, and than users have heard it a bajillion times. So everyone, upon hearing it, can immediately relate to the situation. Meanwhile, Chris's excellent delivery of the line manages to convey that:

  • he has done this a bajillion times,
  • he uses this line as a stock "solution" for pretty much every problem a user calls with, and
  • he is currently motivated more out of contempt for users than a real desire to help.

This sets up a situation which is so obviously stereotypical as to be comical. That is the humor of the banal in a nutshell.

Bajillion!

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Re: That line.

"Why is it funny? If you've ever had to support typical users you'll have said it a bajillion times."

I think you've answered your own question there...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn2FB1P_Mn8

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"If you had a sitcom set in a bar"

istr that this scenario featured in some sitcom before somewhere.

Bring it on again.

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Re: That line.

Ah. I see.

I think I only watched a couple of initial episodes - a combination of me not being that much of a telly watcher, and not living in the UK at the time. So AFAICR I only heard the line delivered the first time it was used, and (honestly) had not realised that it was a running gag.

So thanks to all for taking the time to clear that one up for me.

(I particularly like the reel-to-reel tape recorder one).

I shall award myself a "FAIL" icon.

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Re: That line.

"istr that this scenario featured in some sitcom before somewhere."

Yes, Coach!

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It's the very repetition that makes it funny. It's the fact that we all know most IT problems can be solved by turning it off and on when IT is supposed to be fantastically complicated. It was hilarious when they had a large reel to reel tape machine answering the phone and suggesting the user turned it off and on again and phone back in 10 minutes if that did not fix the problem.

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Re: That line.

I use that all the time for computer questions:

"The data warehouse shows all the customers with the same phone number"

"Hmm.... have you tried turning your computer off and turning it on again?'

"Huh? Seriously?"

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Chris O'Dowd...is now a bona fide Hollywood star?

But has he actually done anything good? Given the number of people from over here, performing over there, as one of them, his has to be the worst accent.

Even over here he's rubbish e.g. Moone Boy, although that might have more to do with Sky than O'Dowd.

It's been down hill since The I.T. Crowd as far as I'm concerned.

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Re: Chris O'Dowd...is now a bona fide Hollywood star?

Chris O'Dowd...is now a bona fide Hollywood star? But has he actually done anything good?

Of course not. He wouldn't be a bona fide Hollywood star if that were the case.

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Re: Chris O'Dowd...is now a bona fide Hollywood star?

my gf thought he was brilliant in Bridesmaids...

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Re: Chris O'Dowd...is now a bona fide Hollywood star?

Greetings from geographic and professional adjacency to Hollywood adjacent.

He is the face of a series that is about to premiere on HBO, so, if he isn't a star, exactly, he's getting work.

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Re: Chris O'Dowd...is now a bona fide Hollywood star?

Frequently asked questions about time travel, nuff said really.

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Dammit

Now my complete box set will be incomplete.....

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I read that 4 times before it came through as "box set" rather than "sex bot".

I preferred my reading.

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Knew my career was about to tank after this show launched!

To make matters worse it starred a fellow Irish muppet.

Credibility couldn't get any lower after that, neither could the ol' paycheck!

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Ah yes...

The box that housed the internet.

Typing Google into Google

and my personal favourite, the long Russianesque march to the smoking shelter. I've done it so many times.

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Re: Ah yes...

I built a copy of The Internet for my daughter's birthday. She's in IT and a fan. She thought it was brilliant. Only the most refined of her coworkers appreciated it.

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Re: Ah yes...

Best Dad award contender, there :)

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I think it'll be a bit of a damp squid

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