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Thursday, March 4, 2021

September 20, 1987: MAD Magazine turns 60!

ITV - Spitting Image Promo 1989.


What Footballers think of " Spitting Image " featuring Jon Glover ( Spitting Image promo 1989 ) ( Unfortunately the video / audio quality is basically someone recording their monitor but it's still rare. Isn't most things from the original Spitting Image. ) #SpittingImage #JonGlover

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Spitting Image : Neil Kinnock & Roy Hattersley ( 1988 Telethon ITV promo )


Spitting Image : Neil Kinnock & Roy Hattersley ( 1988 Telethon ITV promo )
#spittingimage #spittingimagepuppets #rogerlaw #chrisbarrie #stevenallon 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Erica Crooks Shorts ( 2007 - 2018 ) Trailer


Erica Crooks Short Films ( 2007 - 2018 ) Trailer

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Monday, February 22, 2021

The Muppet Show Disney+ Disclaimer Controversy


( The following contains commentary on the controversy and contains no copyright material ) .

Fans of Jim Henson's Muppets & many Pop Culture fans alike were exited and pleased with The Walt Disney Company's decision to upload The Muppet Show to Disney+ recently. Especially when it's been between 10 - 15 years since the original release of The Muppet Show DVDs and over a decade wait for a release of The Muppet Show seasons 4 & 5. 

Unfortunately ( at the time of the recording of this blog video ) several songs have been edited out due to not clearing the copyright in time as well as two episodes are missing from Season 5 which are the Brooke Shields episode ( aka Alice In Wonderland themed episode ) and the Chris Langham episode. Despite the fact that the Chris Langham episode is one of the funniest episodes of The Muppet Show ever produced and Chris Langham being a writer of The Muppet Show from seasons 3 - 5, a writer for The Muppet Show special " The Muppets Go To The Movies " as well as writing and appearing on The Jim Henson Hour's MuppeTelevision, as well as appearing in an episode of Bottom and playing the role of Leftist George Orwell in a Dramatic Documentary based on actual writings and interviews of Leftist George Orwell, Chris Langham unfortunately has committed abuse crimes against humanity which has since damaged his reputation.

Disney+ has also added the following disclaimer on The Muppet Show.

" “ Content Advisory

This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or culture. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge it’s harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together.

Disney is committed to created stories with inspirational and aspirational themes
That reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe.

To learn more about how stories have impacted society visit : www.Disney.com/StoriesMatter “ "

Many people understand due to cultural prejudices that were a product of the society at the time the 40 - 45 year old episodes of The Muppet Show were produced.

On the other hand, there has been many reactionary rages against the disclaimer which seem very right wing in the negative and false beliefs that Political Correctness & Social Justices ruins comedy and violates Free Speech.

Fox has even called The Muppets " Communist ".

Ironically the right hasn't complained about the many political satires against right wing politics including Sam The Eagle and The Villains of The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. 

And even though The Muppets and the people behind them aren't specifically " Communist ",
there are strong themes of community solidarity & direct action through out the history of The Muppets.
Especially the fact that on Fraggle Rock, Fraggles lead themselves and the rulers of the universe " The Gorgs " are so full of their own Ego to bother Governing anyone or anything.

However, what if the vaguely and strangely worded disclaimer also means that The Muppets themselves are considered " negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people " which explains why the new stuff under the " Disney's Muppets " name is very different from " Jim Henson's Muppets " from the 1970s.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Jim Henson is an INFP

 One of my favorite parts about Jim Henson : The Biography by Brian Jay Jones is how it mentions that Jim Henson took the MBTI ( Myers Briggs Personality Test ) & resulted as " Idealist " ( aka INFP ) . As an INFP myself, I find this accurate. :) 

Check out Jim Henson : The Biography by Brian Jay Jones right here.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345526112/

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Saturday, January 23, 2021

" Sanford and Son" The BEST of Julio Part 2


Gregory Sierra RIP
( Julio Fuentes from Sanford and Son ) 
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RIP Gregory Sierra -The Best of Julio Part 1


Gregory Sierra RIP
( Julio Fuentes from Sanford and Son ) 
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Thursday, January 21, 2021

What? 10 Years Old Already?? Thank You For Watching! | Rachel Maddow | M...


Ok Trump is out and Biden is in, NOW make The Rachel Maddow Show Funny Again ! #rachelmaddow #therachelmaddowshow #rachelmaddowshow

Sunday, January 10, 2021

1984 (9/11) Movie CLIP - Vision of the Future (1984) HD


" If I had understood the situation a bit better I should probably have joined the Anarchists. " _ George Orwell ( George Orwell was a Leftist. He was also INFP. )  #1984isHere #Anarchist #Anarchism #Leftist #Leftism #Orwell #Orwellian #infp #infps #NineteenEightyFour

Friday, January 8, 2021

Spitting Image (1984) - Series 1, Episode 4 | Full Episode


Warning : contains material that was a product of it's time. #SpittingImage #SpittingImagePuppets #RogerLaw #IanHislop

The Erica Crooks Show ( 2021 ) Trump knew what he was doing


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The following film might contain depictions that were a product of it's time, which might not relate to today's view of society.

_ This film contains the original sound levels so sound volume may vary .


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The Tube Midsummer Night 1984 / Spitting Image Puppets

Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Erica Crooks Show - Behind The Scenes - Biden throws Trump out of White House ( Animatic )


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Monday, December 7, 2020

The Lavender Fudge Experience - The Nudist and Mr. Pendleton

The Erica Crooks Show ( 2020 ) YouTube Ads ( political satire )

 The Erica Crooks Show ( 2020 ) YouTube Ads ( political satire ) Video Adverts Are Annoying




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The Erica Crooks Show ( 2020 ) YouTube Ads ( political satire )


The Erica Crooks Show ( 2020 ) YouTube Ads ( political satire ) Video Adverts Are Annoying

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

BAH HUMBUG ! : Nothing beats some holiday classics

 BAH HUMBUG ! : Nothing beats some holiday classics 



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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

iTunes is great for studying animation

 When it comes to buying digital movies, out of all main platforms, I usually stick with iTunes ( which is now Apple TV ) and the reason why is that the videos are downloadable which are quicktime files and through a quicktime player, especially animation, you can study the frames in detail. And if you don't have room on your computer, no problem, you can delete the video file and it's still in your library because it's on a cloud. Amazon doesn't do this. It's strictly on their video player only. Even though Streaming is very popular, I still recommend this as well as digital video ( and DVDs ) , especially when it comes to studying animation, film, etc.  #animation

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Erica Crooks Show ( 2020 ) - Joe Biden gets Trump thrown out of The White House ( political satire )


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Omaha-Moby Grape-1968

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Human Nature and Contracts


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Sunday, November 8, 2020

Alexei Sayle Singing Dr Martens Boots on the Tube


As heard on The Young Ones. #theyoungones #youngones #alexeisayle #drmartensboots #docmartens #docmartensboots

Five Mantras for life by Rik Mayall, Honorary Doctorate of the University


Rick Mayall's Words of Wisdom. Equality - Opportunity - Wisdom - Freedom - Love . #rikmayall

Rik Mayall and the Bastard Squad performing My Generation, 1983

Remembering Rik Mayall & The Young Ones :) #rikmayall #youngones #theyoungones

Classic Sesame Street - (I Can't Get No) Cooperation


This is one of my all time favorite Classic Sesame Street moments. I remember discovering this on the 1990 VHS Rock & Roll and just rewinding the video over and over and over just studying this one song.
This was my introduction to The Rolling Stones. :) And of course, it's a parody of Mick Jagger & The Rolling Stones and their classic hit " I Can't Get No Satisfaction ". In this case, it's Mick Swagger & The Cobblestones in (I Can't Get No) Co-Operation. This was from Season 12 ( 1981 ) which was around the time when new Muppet Performers were joining in on Sesame Street. The vocals of Mick Swagger are performed by ( as well as composed ) the legendary Christopher Cerf. I'm a huge fan of his work on Sesame Street and he's definitely one of the best singers ever. :) He also made some great singles back in the early 1960s too ( Sweet Music, Fallout Filly, The Penguin, etc . )
I believe the puppeteer performing Mick Swagger is Karen Prell who would later be featured as one of the Fraggle 5, Red Fraggle on Fraggle Rock a few years later.
I also recognize Brian Muehl as the keyboard player. 
There's still many things from Classic Sesame Street which Muppet fans are discovering ( and listing on Muppet Wiki of course ;) ).
And it's really cool that many episodes and footage ( especially many which hasn't been seen in about 40 years ) has been restored and presented on HBO Max.
 https://youtu.be/n7h2n1h6kEM
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It's ironic how Sean Connery and Alex Trebek died only 9 days apart.


It's ironic how Sean Connery and Alex Trebek died only 9 days apart.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Trump Worries About Election ( The Erica Crooks Show )


 


Oh Dear, Trump is feeling vulnerable about the election ? Cry us all a river ? On second thought, don't bother. The Trump Administration has done enough to pollute the planet. Hopefully we can reverse climate change in time.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Happy Halloween 2020 ( Erica Crooks )

There’s nothing scarier than hierarchy.





The Erica Crooks Show : The Best of Halloween related sketches 2006 - 2017

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The Erica Crooks Show : Season 13 ( 2020 )

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Prager Useless





PragerU and Patriarchal Toxic Masculinity Authoritarian Religion DEBUNKED ! #anarchist #anarchism #antifa #antifascist #antifascism #toxicmasculinity #smashthepatriarchy

Friday, October 9, 2020

The BritBox Spitting Image Problem

 The BritBox Spitting Image Problem



 American Networks decided no to Spitting Image out of

 “ Nervousness “ ( aka probably out of fear of being sued ) . 

What’s interesting is how 3 Spitting Image specials for NBC 

were shown in the 1980s made by the original crew for the most part, 

especially the original writers. Eventually NBC replaced any future deals 

with Spitting Image with D.C. Follies 

because the humor was more American and not as harsh as Spitting Image.

BritBox Spitting Image according to what I can see

 from the first episode seems Pro-Liberal.

So if this says something, it says America would want 

Spitting Image to be more like D.C. Follies.


I have reviewed the promo videos for BritBox Spitting Image 

and after seeing the trailer and the first episode, 

my opinion hasn’t change all that much.


BritBox Spitting Image is a disappointment, it’s commodified and Americanized.


Instead of being Leftist leaning like Spitting Image and even Les Guignols De L’info, the show is strongly pro-liberalism.


BritBox Spitting Image is like 1990s Spitting Image except commodified and Americanized for whatever is 

acceptable on mainstream media now a days. So it doesn’t matter that it’s exclusively for a streaming platform.


Familiar caricatures from the past seem different from how they appeared in the original series.


All the characterizations seem to be more silly and cautious observations rather than harsh and truthful.


Even the Prince Andrew situation is being treated rather cautiously.


In fact, the opening sketch with Andy in the first episode closely resembles the running gag sketches of

Piers Morgan on Headcases where Piers would be talking towards the camera and then something painful happens to him.


Like 1990s Spitting Image, it focuses more on being a parody comedy show rather than a political satire. Even to the point of shock 

and gross out gags for the sake of it and even punching down ( as far as Liberalism would allow ).


The politicians are just seen as ignorant people who are bad at their job rather than being rich bastards who’s only job

 is lying and making sure they don’t get caught.


The sketches are more extended in length and the humor isn’t fast pace, filled with puns and word play, and

 not much confrontation in a Punch and Judy fashion like the original.


In fact the slapstick in BritBox Spitting Image seems to be coming more from a certain character doing something 

ignorant usually toward themselves for the most part.


It does seem like a lot of the comedy is very cautious and very pro-liberalism instead of Leftist leaning which 

Spitting Image used to be known for as well as Les Guignols De L’info.


Stock puppets are slightly modeled after previous puppets from the series but slightly redesigned probably out 

of fear of being sued for not going credit to the original artists for certain designs.


 Another way to describe BritBox Spitting Image is that the humor is very mild and cautious,

especially with it’s slapstick comedy.


I’ll admit that seeing the silly moments do have potential of being funny,

but they seem very mild.


So again, it does feel commodified because 1980s Spitting Image

had several kinds of humor happening harmoniously and it was more fast pace.


The only way I can really describe the blandness is that it’s commodified and Americanized.


And it’s different compared to the 1980s original.

1990s Spitting Image also seems closer to the 1980s in comparison to

BritBox Spitting Image which is like 1990s Spitting Image but MORE distant from the original.

And like the 1990s, BritBox Spitting Image seems to be making the same mistakes.


It’s not just Spitting Image, this kind of commodified rebooting / reviving

happens ALL THE TIME in the entertainment industry.


But there’s always something wonderful about the originals that’s never present in the

remakes which are more often then not made by new teams of people with

different motives.


BritBox Spitting Image is not the rebellious pro-Leftist political satire 

that worked within the system like it used to be but instead this liberal commodified 

clone that closely resembles 1990s Spitting Image but humor is similar to current 

popular adult animation that isn’t very clever like Family Guy.


If there’s anything good to say about it, it would be the puppets but I can already 

see by the quality of the show itself that the budget is very low.


If there’s any similarity to the original 1980s Spitting Image, it would just be the caricatured puppets, 

caricature design style, familiar looking stock puppets, and the name of the show.


THAT’S ALL !


Spitting Image was much more than that.




Check out the video version right here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jD5VbW68p8&t=6s


( Fair Use / Fandom expressed opinion / educational historic purposes )


BritBox Spitting Image Promo Video Essay :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Babs1NXmTo


What made the original 1980s Spitting Image special video essay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Briy6FApKWs


What caused Spitting Image to decline and get cancelled in the 1990s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks7rahFTWkQ


Leftist Politics & Spitting Image blog video

https://youtu.be/xG0Z1Jvt00M


Original review of BritBox Spitting Image Series 1, Episode 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xL2ekfdyg0


Review version 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azkmEcWylkE


#SpittingImage #RogerLaw #BritBox #SpittingImagePuppets 

#popculturereviews #puppetry #satire #britishcomedy #popculture



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The BritBox Spitting Image Problem





What a Disappointment ! It's Commodified & Americanized.



( Fair Use / Fandom expressed opinion / educational historic purposes )



BritBox Spitting Image Promo Video Essay :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Babs1NXmTo



What made the original 1980s Spitting Image special video essay

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Briy6FApKWs



What caused Spitting Image to decline and get cancelled in the 1990s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ks7rahFTWkQ



Leftist Politics & Spitting Image blog video

https://youtu.be/xG0Z1Jvt00M



Original review of BritBox Spitting Image Series 1, Episode 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xL2ekfdyg0



Review version 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azkmEcWylkE



#SpittingImage #RogerLaw #BritBox #SpittingImagePuppets

#popculturereviews #puppetry #satire #britishcomedy #popculture





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Rude Britannia – Spitting Image | TateShots











#SpittingImage #RogerLaw #SpittingImagePuppets

John Lennon & Yoko Ono: WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It)

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. (Ultimate Mix, 2020) - Plastic Ono Band (official m...





Something ( hopefully ) we can all agree. ( Notice how he gave a little shout out to his Anarchist friends " The Yippies " in the lyrics ;) John Lennon was a Leftist after all. ) #allwearesayingisgivepeaceachance #givepeaceachance #johnlennon #johnlennon80 #yippies #theyippies #abbiehoffman #jerryribin #anarchist #anarchism #leftist #leftism #socialist #socialism #peace #unconditionallove #spiritual #spirituality #infp #infps #lightworker #lightworking #spiritualawakening #warisoverifyouwantit

WORKING CLASS HERO. (Ultimate Mix, 2020) - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band ...





John Lennon was a Leftist ( Far-Left ). Perhaps a Socialist or even an Anarchist. He was a great friends with Bobby Seale ( The Black Panther Party ) and Anarchists Abbie Hoffman & Jerry Rubin of The Yippies ( Chicago Seven Trail ) . John like them was awakened to " Class Consciousness " . In a world where people complain about the " Extreme Left " , just remember that the problems in Leftism is often difference in direct action and praxis. Leftism is NOT Liberalism by the way. And in my opinion, it's very interesting and something mainstream media, politicians and mainstream media NEVER wants the masses to know about because it can unite us instead of divide us. ;)

John Lennon considered himself a peaceful revolutionary artist and yet he was on Richard Nixon's enemy's list and being stalked by The Government. Was the lone wolf murder just coincidental ? Despite the fact that John Lennon was trying to make sure people knew that he gave up on Leftism and he's more of a centrist in which is friend Abbie Hoffman called "Doing goodie goodie things" just to get people off his back. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEBlSsg0Wy0 . People will remember John most for The Beatles and his music, but how about as a leftist revolutionary artist ?  #JohnLennon80 #leftism #JohnLennon #anarchist #anarchism #leftist #socialist

#socialism #FarLeft #abbiehoffman #jerryrubbin #yippies #theyippies #youthinternationalparty #theyouthinternationalparty #bobbyseale #blackpanthers #TheBlackPantherParty #BlackPantherParty #chicagoseven #Chicago7


Sunday, October 4, 2020

Remember, Another World Is Possible ( that is if you want it )





Remember, Another World Is Possible ( that is if you want it )

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Spitting Image Satire : ( The Original 1980s Satire Comedy Writing Style )

Spitting Image Satire : ( The Original 1980s Satire Comedy Writing Style )


( fair use for educational / research purposes )


Spitting Image was much more than just a parody sketch comedy show featuring puppet caricatures. It was political satire.


A show that started at the time of Margret Thatcher & Ronald Regan’s second term in office.


“There was a time bomb that was about to explode under all of them ! “ 

_ Jon Blair ( one of the original producers of Spitting Image ) ( Whatever Happened To Spitting Image ( 2013 ) ) , symbolizing Spitting Image as a Time Bomb…



“It was getting 15 million viewers. That was more people

then it took to elect the Tory government.” _ John Lloyd ( Comedy Connections : Spitting Image )


“ If we could make ( the caricatures ) move and get them onto television, It’s not going to be the kind of television that watches over you from the corner, you know, it’s not good morning BBC TV, it’s going to be to upset people. And that was my thing about it and that was exciting, that made you want to do it. I really wanted to do it.” _ Roger Law ( Whatever Happened To Spitting Image ( 2013 ) )


“ We’re satirists, we’re caricaturists, we’re going to change the world ! “ _ Peter Fluck ( Whatever Happened To Spitting Image ( 2013 ) )


“As television comedy goes, Splitting Image goes probably a lot further than “ That

Was The Week Went “ but people are less

shocked,

you have to go further than that

to get people's attention. “

_ Ian Hislop ( 1986 television interview )


“Spit On Your Own and you can’t do anything, but if we all Spit Together, we’ll drown the Bastards ! “ _ Bob Crow




HISTORY


Roger Law & Peter Fluck were best known for their satirical sculpted caricatures who’s work appeared on magazine covers.

They were approached to develop a political satire puppet show in the format similar to satirical radio show “ Week Ending “.


The originator of the idea for Spitting Image can be recognized in the credits of the original run,

based on an original lunch with Martin Lambie-Nairn ( who worked on the show Weekend World )


“The politicians who were appearing would come and have drinks and chat afterwords. They’d always come with their wife or a secretary and their invariable first words on entering the Green Room were ‘How was I?’ - we thought that should be the name for the show. Anyway, I began to see that they were very different people to the public image that comes across on television. Things they were saying on the screen were not the things they believed. As a politically naive person, all this was an eye-opener to me. ( Tooth and Claw : The Inside Story of Spitting Image ( 1986 ) )


This lead to a small team of people finding the best satirical minds in Britain at the time and carrying an idea , a pitch, a proposal with them called “ Spitting Image “. 

Such a move towards the mainstream entertainment industry today would not be acceptable without a referral and agents / managers / production companies handling everything.


After a long exhausting journey with John Lloyd being the only professional in the television entertainment industry ( as a producer ) , Central Television was interested in Spitting Image.


Spitting Image has a history of being a disorganized group of artists, many who never had experience or knowledge working on television before. Even some people who were Leftist, including Roger Law.


The crew was very politically motivated.



INFLUENCES


Spitting Image’s influences are made up of two parts which are the traditional British satirical caricature political cartoons and modern day satirical comedy entertainment.


James Gillray / George Cruikshank / and other British Satirical Caricaturists at the time.

  • especially James Gillray’s caricature style * 

* There’s also a James Gillray Spitting Image puppet which appeared around the late 1980s which often served as as a stock character, often a politician or capitalist. The puppet is often recognizable for having a very low nose close to the mouth.

  • The British Modern “Satire Boom” starting around the 1960s relating to television ( Monty Pythons Flying Circus ) , print ( Private Eye Magazine ) , radio ( Week Ending ) and Alternative Comedy in the 1980s ( The Young Ones ) .

Juvenal style satire

  • Also I think there’s some influence too relating to the start of modern satire : Mad Magazine / Underground Comix of the 1960s ( like Robert Crumb for example ).
  • Also cartoon slapstick comedy like Looney Tunes and of course The Muppets.
  • Many people who worked on Spitting Image were Leftist. Even with Spitting Image influenced  show Les Guignols De L’info has been said to have Leftist leanings.



The show makes up of several types of humor which gels together harmoniously like music.


The shock value of the caricature ( Visual )

The slapstick comedy of the puppetry ( Visual )

Unique sound effects ( Audio )

Various background gags ( Visual )

Snappy Razor Sharp Satirical Dialog ( Verbal )

Creative editing at times when needed , visual gags, etc ( Visual )

and Vocal Voice Acting Performance ( Audio )



PRODUCTION HISTORY


I would say this relates to my own personal taste in humor which is “ Creative and or Satirical “.


When there’s satire, there’s politics. Sometimes to understand a piece of art, it’s important to understand who the artist is as a person and where they are coming from, especially politically.

For example someone who makes horror movies isn’t necessarily someone who advocates or purposely reinforces violence, antisocial violence and crime but bringing across a message of wanting to prevent it. On the other hand , someone could be just making something for the sake of entertainment and commodity rather than art and entertainment. It’s interesting to think about.


South Park is known for completing a show in 6 days. But before computer technology has advanced, there was Spitting Image. A crew that also slept under their worktables with passion in what they do.

Even though both are satirical comedy shows, the political ideology is different.

South Park supports the Libertarian Party. Even though they were more punk and slightly Left Wing in the early episodes, the show has became more and more Right Wing.


The original Spitting Image crew however was clearly left leaning and POLITICALLY Motivated. 

In fact many people who worked on Spitting Image including Roger Law who was a Socialist ( mentioned by Steve Nallon in an interview once ) , were Leftists.


John Lloyd mentioned during the 30th Anniversary Spitting Image Film Screening in 2013 ( also seen in the documentary “ Whatever Happened To Spitting Image “ ) said the following…


  I was, you know, the liberal voting middle-of-the-road reasonable BBC trained producer trying to mediate between these lunatics and ( shakes raised fist ) they’d get all Marxist you know “ Che Guevara “ hats and all this kind of stuff. “


Spitting Image’s format style was based on the satirical radio show “ Week Ending “ which people like Jon Glover would join the Voice Impressionist crew.


Ian Hislop & Nick Newman who during the run would become known for editors and writers of Private Eye Magazine and they are still there to this day.


Rob Grant and Doug Naylor would join the writing crew later as well as a few others.



 SPITTING IMAGE SATIRE WRITING PROCESS

“ Ian Hislop and Nick Newman from Private Eye provided the sharp political stuff while Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, who would later go on to 

fashion Red Dwarf, provided what became one of Spitting Image’s richest ingredients - silliness. “ ( A Nasty Piece of Work (1992 ) )



In 1986 , Spitting Image made a rare documentary with the television series “The English Programme: The Writing of Spitting Image “ ,

 the original Spitting Image crew reveals the process of how they’ve written Spitting Image.



Writers contribute gags and jokes to a main idea. Then the script would be edited.

Many jokes and gags are changed and punched up before it’s finalized. 

The original idea is always intact however.




There’s 2 groups that write Spitting Image


The Commission Team ( The Full Time Professional Comedy Writer team ) that provides 80% of the material for the show.

 

The other 40% is provided by a Non-Commission Team that sends scripts out of the blue. A time when a TV show would accept unsolicited material which of course today is unacceptable.


Each writer is expected to write 10 minutes of material each week. ( Topical )


The Wednesday meetings for 15 minutes of extra material for the filler not-as-topical sketches.


Songs would typically be banked / saved for filler.



“The benefits of actually knowing what we were doing were almost immediately apparent in the second series, in which we achieved a rough balance of fifty per cent political

 material to fifty per cent media, entertainment and sport. This gave the front-line writers the range they wanted to aim at.” _ Roger Law ( A Nasty Piece of Work (1992 ) )




The ideas for writing material would come from a variety of sources. Mainly Newspaper and Television News 

( remember, this was before the internet like we have today ) .


They would come in on a Friday morning,  They would look through many newspapers for the big stories of the week and seeking who’s been in Ian Hislop’s words “Stupid“.


Ian Hislop also mentioned yoking two ideas together like a politician being against birth control and watching a dog food advert and then resulting in the idea that the politician is one of the country’s top breeders.


Or how a university refused to give Thatcher a doctorate while she was shutting down hospitals which makes Norman Fowler congratulate Thatcher.

“ Well that’s one less doctor. “ Says Norman to Thatcher, which of course, Thatcher smashes a picture frame over his head.


Related,

An unused sketch idea involved an announcement of the cancelation of Dr Who which the cabinet cheers “ Another less doctor ! “



Another thing regarding Spitting Image is that it needs to be written in a comic like style like Mad Magazine or Political Cartoon written style.

Fast Pace, sharp, satirical and punchy.

Because they feel that puppets are limited compared to the facial expressions and body language of a human on screen.


However Les Guignols De L’info tends to do long monologue pieces. But of course the dialog written style would need to be sharp and punchy. Especially whenever

 Spitting Image made live appearances through out the mid - late 1980s like Comedy Relief, Saturday Live, and The Policeman’s Ballroom.



“The Lloyd argument, in belief, was that politics simply could not sustain the show, 

especially now that an attempt was being to make it as snappy as possible. 

We all knew that when the puppets trotted on the screen, the initial suspension 

of disbelief was colossal, after which it went very rapidly downhill. 

This was because they were lousy actors and, being legless, even worse dancers. 

Aside from popping up and bonking each other on the head, there was nothing

 they could do of themselves that was intrinsically funny. The only way to disguise their ineptness was 

to keep the jokes coming thick and fast. The problem was that putting good jokes into the

 mouths of characters with only the most limited range of expression required exceptionally

 good joke-writers. Writers of this quality were rare, and some of them had no interest in 

politics whatsoever. But if the show was ever to have a second series it would have to

 corral these writers and give them scope. And that inevitably meant brooding the show

 out beyond politics and into the areas of media and entertainment and beyond. 

We reluctantly brought the argument as far as entertainment figures were concerned, 

but when requests for sports stars started coming down, the workshop played merry hell.

 This, it was argued, was like being asked to caricature people for no better reason than that they were there.”

_ Roger Law ( A Nasty Piece of Work ( 1992 ) )




Steve Nallon mentioned on his blog post “ Satire or Just Spit,

on how the construction of satire starts off with “The Big Idea” and “The Moral Viewpoint” ( and also how Spitting Image’s satire relates to Juvenalian satire, which Ian Hislop has mentioned about his interest in Juvenalian satire in a video once. )


_ The controlling idea


What the simple idea of what the satire is all about.

Something you can describe in a sentence.

The story’s root.

The truth you want to express. A truth.



“  What though of the 1990s ( 1990s Spitting Image ) , and what if a sketch didn’t have a controlling idea based on a political truth? Well, that’s when the show, in my opinion, got a bit rubbish.  “ _ Steve Nallon



_ Moral Viewpoint


 What is it that the satirist wishes to correct? What they are for ?

_ The satirists’ morals and ethics


Ian Hislop who’s the satirist for earning the honor and reputation for being known as the most sued man in Britain , also has a method as a satirist.


Ian Hislop has said the following in his interview at Impact 2018,


“ The problem with Trump is you have to find the things that he doesn’t find funny. I mean, this is the job for satirists. If you say you’re ridiculous , overblown, fat, blonde, groper , you know his core vote loves that. You know, that’s why they vote for him , It’s true. That stuff won’t do , you have to find the stuff that hurts. A lot of people found this.

You say to Trump that you were always a flop at business, you’ve got a lot of money from your dad, you’ve invested it badly, you’re the only man in history who lost money running a casino. Trump failed , that’s the stuff he finds less amusing.

And that brilliant Michael Wolf book is filled with suggestions that the attributes that he claims about himself aren’t actually true.

He’s very successful with women except the ones who know him. 


“ ( When people say ) I thought that was very funny ( public life and lie about it ) 

“ Which is great because I shall use that in court if he ever sues me. “



“ The thing about Private Eye ( Magazine ) 

Is the thing we do is we do jokes and journalism and a sort of mixture of the two. You tell people what they don’t know and then you make jokes about it. “










WISDOM FROM THE SATIRISTS






WISDOM FROM THE SATIRISTS


" In the past most caricaturists ( satirical cartoonist ) had to work by themselves. 

The best caricaturists ( satirists ) are obsessive. The best ones work obsessively. They probably have a deeply distressful nature. 

Maybe romantics , idealists , moralists , or social reformers. They object to what’s around them. 

But the ability to make people laugh at a funny face is a very fascinating tool and a weapon. “ 

_ Peter Fluck ( Satirist / Caricaturist / Puppet Maker / Co-creator of Spitting Image

( Whatever Happened To Spitting Image ( documentary ) ( 2013 ) )


“ Somewhere in the satirist’s heart there must be an anger about the way the world is. 

Or should that be how people are? 

The targets of satire are often seen to be of political systems, institutions or class structures

 but equally there are of the human failings of hypocrisy, greed, piety, pride and pretension.

The satirist isn’t a cynic, but a disillusioned romantic who 

deep down wants the world to be better than it is 

and is pretty pissed off that it isn’t. 

The creative forces of the satirist come from a sublimation of anger and indignation 

refined and combined with a talent for the comic or caricature. 

But sometimes the anger isn’t too far below the surface. Indeed, on a personal level,

 the weakness of the satirist is often how easily he ( or she ) is riled. 

They seek to correct the culture around them that threatens their own 

values rather than the prevailing ideology. The very fact that satirists 

are allowed to say the things they do within the framework of a 

dominant socio-economic capitalist structure merely

 proves they are ultimately servants of the system rather than its enemy. “

_ Steve Nallon ( Satire or Just Spit blog article from his website )


“ If I had a message to young satirists, it would be …. Learn to care.

 Learn to care about the world and not be so cynical about it. ”

 _ Steve Nallon 

( Television interview talking about The Daily Show with John Stewart ( 2013 ? ) )


“Satire is about exposing vice, folly and humbug.” _ Ian Hislop ( various interviews )


“Satire is about exposing Vice, Follie and Humbug.” _ Ian Hislop ( various interviews )




  • Spitting Image and Leftist politics
  • Most people would think that Spitting Image only lampooned mainstream politics and entertainment.
  • If they were allowed to be, Spitting Image would have helped out Leftist political movements.
  • But as Roger Law & Peter Fluck mentioned, they felt censored and the journey was like a rollercoaster.
  • “ What bothers Fluck and Law more is what Spitting Image is doing to them. After five years spent developing and making caricatures for 
  • Britain’s most original and disrespectful television comedy, they sometimes find it hard to see the funny side of things. The endless hassles and 
  • compromises involved in working for television are no recipe for what they regard as the best work. Sometimes they just know they are losing their edge. “
  • ( Tooth and Claw : The Inside Story of Spitting Image ( 1986 ) )
  • Roger Law was a Leftist / Socialist / Communist / and in his words from the 1992 book “A Nasty Piece of Work “
  • “An irresponsible Anarchist”.
  • Steve Nallon mentioned that Roger Law was a Socialist in an interview once.
  • Even today whenever Roger Law appears on camera, he is famously known for wearing his Che Guevara hat.

According to the 1986 book Tooth and Claw : The Inside Story of Spitting Image,


Roger Law & Peter Fluck had a leftist art teacher named Paul Hogarth, who often would tell stories of his experiences 

including driving lorries during The Spanish Civl War ( which was a proven Anarchist Society in modern history ).


When Roger Law tried to “advance his political education by joining the Cambridge branch of the Communist Party, he was shrewdly turned down as being ‘too irresponsible’.


“I could not bring myself to join any political party, partly on the Groucho Marxist principle that I should not belong to any organization that was 

willing to have me, but mainly because I knew I was congenitally incapable of toeing the party line. But I was also very grateful for the existence of 

the parties of the far left, and I would readily supply “Ink “ and “Newsline” and other similar organs with low-cost cartoons and caricatures.

It seemed to me then, and to some extend now, that they were the only agencies though which working-class people could get an education in what 

capitalism was all about. Unfortunately, they had no talent whatsoever for telling people what Communism was all about.” _ Roger Law ( A Nasty Piece of Work ( 1992 ) )


According to A Nasty Piece of Work ( 1992 ),


When Roger Law was living in America during the late 1960s, he visited the

“ Peace and Freedom party “ , a radical group which was closely

 allied to The Black Panthers.

During Roger’s stay, he heard about the assassinations of JFK, Martin Luther King Jr, and the Chicago riots ( which would result into the famous 

Chicago Seven Trail which included Anarchists of The Yippies Abbie Hoffman & Jerry Rubin and Black Panther 

member Bobby Seale ) as events that brought awareness to Roger’s political consciousness as a Leftist.



Fluck & Law also had work in an Anti-Fascist Protest.


“We had a requisition for three carnival heads for an Anti-Nazi League rally in Victoria Park. We did them an expresses-only 

Hitler and two home-grown fascists, John Tyndall and Martin Webster.” _ Roger Law ( A Nasty Piece of Work ( 1992 ) )



If Fluck & Law were allowed to, perhaps 

Spitting Image could have brought awareness

 about Leftist politics more. Perhaps possibly a Revolution ? 

The show was getting at most 15 million viewers after all.


“Our original idea was that the show should be almost entirely politics, and they should be as radical 

as we could manage without being obvious. To this end the Queen was conceived as a sort 

of benevolent Marxist who had to endure the insufferable woman who happened to be prime minister. 

Despite this felicitous invention, it became clear, especially as John Lloyd grew in confidence, that politics was being edged to one side. We had some vigorous debates on this

 subject in Birmingham, during one of which I was alleged to have tried to strangle him, 

though I was only feeling the quality of the lapels of his jacket.“ _ Roger Law ( A Nasty Piece of Work ( 1992 )  )


John Lloyd mentioned in the documentary “Whatever Happened To Spitting Image ( 2013 ) 

“ that Roger Law tried to throw a sofa at him once.


“ John and I used to have incredible stand up

screaming matches. And he'd say “ Your just a

left-wing diatribe Rog. ” 

And you’d say “ ( Margaret Thatcher ) is not interested in the left-wing

anymore John, she interested in people like you ! The reasonable liberals ! She's after your now tale mate.

She's finished with us “. And so those

conversations I doubt

happen even in the

newsrooms in television these days. ” _ Roger Law ( Whatever Happened To Spitting Image ( 2013)  )


“It might be through that after so many compromises of our political and aesthetic outlook, 

Fluck and I should have lost all stomach with the show. “What on earth are we doing here?” 

did become a kind of catchphrase of the partnership but on my side it was all a joke 

and it usually, though not invariably, was with Fluck. Despite all of the disappointments, 

there was always a sense of participating in something quite extraordinary. It might not be the acme 

of caricature or the most hard-edged political satire but it still seemed like a creation worth persevering with.

 And many of our conflicts had not been so much over principle, as coming to an understanding of what the creation could do, and what it couldn’t. “


“Another thing that militated against a consistent radical line was the fact that the show was made with the direct input 

of literally scores of people - ranging from devout monarchists to hard-line Marxists - who would be quite unable to 

agree the political time of day among themselves. “ _ Roger Law ( A Nasty Piece of Work  ( 1992 ) ) “






Spitting Image in my opinion relates to Cultural Anarchism in a way for being Anti-Authoritarian culture.


As mentioned in An Anarchist FAQ Section B relating to Cultural Anarchism


I quote the following…


“We will define cultural anarchism as the promotion of anti-authoritarian values through those aspects of society traditionally regarded as belonging to the sphere of "culture" rather than "economics" or "politics" -- for example, through art, music, drama, literature, education, child-rearing practices, sexual morality, technology, and so forth.

Cultural expressions are anarchistic to the extent that they deliberately attack, weaken, or subvert the tendency of most traditional cultural forms to promote authoritarian values and attitudes, particularly domination and exploitation. Thus a novel that portrays the evils of militarism can be considered as cultural anarchism if it goes beyond the simple "war-is-hell" model and allows the reader to see how militarism is connected with authoritarian institutions (e.g. capitalism and statism) or methods of authoritarian conditioning (e.g. upbringing in the traditional patriarchal family). Or, as John Clark expresses it, cultural anarchism implies "the development of arts, media, and other symbolic forms that expose various aspects of the system of domination and contrast them with a system of values based on freedom and community." This "cultural struggle" would be part of a general struggle "to combat the material and ideological power of all dominating classes, whether economic, political, racial, religious, or sexual, with a multi-dimensional practice of liberation." In other words, an "expanded conception of class analysis" and "an amplified practice of class struggle”.

Cultural anarchist ideas are shared by almost all schools of anarchist thought and consciousness-raising is considered an essential part of any anarchist movement. For anarchists, its important to "build the new world in the shell of the old" in all aspects of our lives and creating an anarchist culture is part of that activity. Few anarchists, however, consider consciousness-raising as enough in itself and so combine cultural anarchist activities with organizing, using direct action and building libertarian alternatives in capitalist society. The anarchist movement is one that combines practical self-activity with cultural work, with both activities feeding into and supporting the other."


And not only do I consider myself a Cultural Anarchist but a satirical puppeteer as well. :)


“ ART SHOULD DISTURB THE COMFORTABLE AND COMFORT THE DISTURBED “ _ Cesar A. Cruz









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