Top Ten Comedy Songs
About the series
On Channel 4.
This episode was the last in season 2 of the series "Top Ten xxx", where xxx is a popular music genre or category.
One of the recent shows was Top Ten One-Hit Wonders - many classic moments!
Top Ten Eurovision was on 1st April, which was apparently the original date for Top Ten Comedy Songs.
The show - Easter Saturday, 22nd April 2000
Neil Innes was interviewed for this about his Python collaborations, which for this purpose included the Rutles.
Performers were considered based on:
- having tunes and funny words
- no novelty songs
- no cheesy spoofs (e.g. Barron Knights)
- success in the UK singles and album charts - earning points in the series' standard way
Clips shown or heard included Flanders & Swann, Noel Coward, George Formby, Fry & Laurie on
Friday Night Live, Richard Digance, Mike Harding (Rochdale Cowboy), Jasper Carrot (Funky Moped),
Kenny Everett, Lance Percival on TW3...
- 215 points - The Goons (including Peter Sellers' solo work)
- 69 - Monty Python team (including Neil Innes)
- 63 - Benny Hill
- 61 - Goodies
- 53 - Ray Stevens
- 51 - South Park
- 48 - Young Ones
- 26 - Rolf Harris
- 25 - Windsor Davies & Don Estelle
- 14 - Loadsamoney (Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse)
The most interviewed person was Sir George Martin, as he was involved in recording a significant
proportion of the material which earned the points above.