Remember the Fast Show? Yeah. Rowley Birkin, the old man with the unintelligible stories, was the best. Here’s his thing:

But they mixed it up pretty well, with him talking in his sleep, or doing the whole thing with sound effects. This was a great one:

And the Fast Show could be surprisingly effective when they decided to get emotional:

Brilliantly, in a show called the Fast Show, that clip contains a 14-second pause. I saw an interview with Paul Whitehouse once where they talked about the inspiration for characters in the Fast Show. A lot of them – including Rowley Birkin – were based on random people Paul Whitehouse had met in the pub.

The other sketch I really liked (again with Paul Whitehouse) was the kid who thought everything was brilliant. Love the “echo” bit here:

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