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Just a Bit of Fun: Gems of British Comedy

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AllMusic Review by J. Scott McClintock

Just a Bit of Fun: Gems of British Comedy collects 22 of the most memorable skits and novelty tunes from the golden age of wireless. Spanning the years between 1929 and 1953, this collection features the comic talents of some of the most popular performers of the day: the irascible Arthur Askey does a turn with his lighthearted Charles Trenet send-up, "Chirrup!"; a young Peter Ustinov delivers a joyful rendition of "Let's Have a Ride on Your Bicycle"; national treasure George Formby's classic singalong, "Auntie Maggie's Remedy," is included here, as is Gertude Lawrence (in her pre-The King and I days) with her reading of the popular, double entendre-laden "The Physician." Witty, safe, wholesome, and thoroughly British, Just a Bit of Fun will take listeners back to a time when comedy was subtle, and blue-eyed innocent audiences still laughed politely into their hankies.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Leslie Sarony 03:05 Amazon
2 Flotsam and Jetsam 02:45 Amazon
3 Will Hay 03:13 Amazon
4
Lily Morris 03:05 Amazon
5 Robb Wilton 06:45 Amazon
6 Gracie Fields / Ray Noble & His Orchestra 03:25 Amazon
7
Albert Burden 06:44 Amazon
8 Gertrude Lawrence / Ray Noble & His Orchestra 03:05 Amazon
9 Murgatroyd & Winterbottom 03:33 Amazon
10 Gert & Daisy 03:22 Amazon
11 Marriott Edgar 04:17 Amazon
12
Arthur Askey 02:46 Amazon
13 Max Bacon 03:35 Amazon
14 Douglas Byng 02:54 Amazon
15 Stanley Holloway 03:03 Amazon
16 Charlie Chester 02:38 Amazon
17
Albert Burden 03:13 Amazon
18 George Formby 02:50 Amazon
19 Frankie Howerd 03:22 Amazon
20 Peter Ustinov 03:28 Amazon
21 Peter Ustinov 03:26 Amazon
22 Joyce Grenfell / Norman Wisdom 03:00 Amazon
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