Smack the Pony (Channel 4 comedy sketch show, 1999-2003)

I host two 90-minute-long men-only Zoom meetings on Sundays for Regarding Men, at 14:00 and 17:00. We talk about anything and everything in the first meeting – I allow people a few minutes to introduce themselves if they’re new to the meetings, and they can raise any subjects they want – while the second meetings are titled “Mike Buchanan’s Humour Group”, suitable for anyone who enjoys humorous materials, in any form.

At last Sunday’s Humour Group meeting an American (at least half the attendees are North Americans, normally, which adds welcome variety) mentioned he loved the Channel 4 comedy sketch show Smack the Pony, broadcast over 1999-2003. I loved it too, to my mind it remains to this day the funniest comedy sketch show written mainly by women, and performed mainly by women, in the history of British television. The Wiki page on the show is here.

We usually play a number of videos over the course of the meetings, so I’ve been checking out some of the videos of the show on YouTube. One gem is a “best of” compilation more than 21 minutes long, too long for our meetings, but I thought it worth posting a link here – enjoy.

The secret of the show’s success? As so often with comedy, truthful depictions of human nature. It’s why “political” comedy from such miserable people as Kate Smurthwaite and Nish Kumar is never funny other than to feminists and other “woke” people, a small proportion of the population, but one to which the BBC and other media outlets have pandered for so many years.

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