Top 10 Moments of Musical Hilarity

Afternoon all. As I write this it is cold and wet and miserable, so in order to lighten and brighten your day I have decided to share the fruits of my many months spent poring through Youtube in order to find the very finest examples of musical comedy. Enjoy!


#10: Hugh Laurie, ‘Mystery’

There is something inherently funny about seeing very clever people getting into progressively sillier situations. I love the increasingly desperate rhymes that result as Hugh paints himself into a corner…


#9: Natalie Imbruglia & David Armand, ‘Torn’

Sometimes actions speak louder than words. Of course, if you act out a song entirely literally, then you quickly become aware of just how bonkers the lyrics might actually be…


#8: Les Dawson, ‘The Entertainer’

Merely being very bad at something isn’t particularly funny. Elevating dreadfulness to the level of an artform can be absolutely hysterical. Les Dawson had a peculiar genius for finding the worst possible mistakes one could make in a given piece of music, and his ‘Entertainer’ shows them off to full effect…


#7: Lee Evans, ‘Jazz Trio’

You don’t have to be musical to find music funny. The process of playing the instrument can be, in itself, quite bizarre enough, as Lee Evans demonstrates…


#6: Bill Bailey, ‘Love Song’

Sometimes all the fun lies in taking the form and subverting it. Here Bill Bailey shows how it’s done…


#5: Allan Sherman, ‘Hello Muddah Hello Faddah’

An all-time classic, this immaculately-rhymed, immaculately-scored masterpiece of teenage misery is sheer brilliance.


#4: Bill Bailey, ‘Classical Cockney Music’

Back to Bill, this time for a peerless example of how an intimate understanding of various musical styles can be ruthlessly exploited for the purposes of light entertainment. The sheer musicality of this is phenomenal, as well as very, very funny…


#3: Rita Moreno & Animal, ‘Fever’

As my friends will know, I consider this the single funniest thing the muppets have ever done. I love it because both Rita Moreno and Animal are, in their own way, both superbly gifted musicians…who have radically different ideas on how the song should be performed. Anyone who has ever played in any kind of a band recognises the battle for supremacy going on here…


#2: Dudley Moore, ‘Beethoven’s “Colonel Bogie” Sonata’

Step one: take a well-known piece of music. Step two: perform it with endless virtuoso ingenuity and invention. Step three: fail to consider how to finish the piece…


#1: Morecambe & Wise, ‘The Stripper’

How could it be anything else? Every aspect of this is absolutely flawless, and it cracks me up every time I see it. You could talk about timing, you could talk about the juxtaposition of that music with that situation…but really, you don’t need to. Just sit back and enjoy some of the most sublime entertainment ever filmed.

About Gavin

I am a 32-year-old PhD student in Aberdeen, Scotland. I work in QC at an e-learning company. I'm originally Northern Irish, though I've lived here in Aberdeen for several years. I am, essentially, somebody who is very normal, yet to whom very strange things keep happening...
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One Response to Top 10 Moments of Musical Hilarity

  1. tom says:

    Love it!

    here’s one more for us drummers…

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