Rockin' With Ted
Ted Chippington that is. I am on record as being a great admirer of Ted Chippington. For those of you not in the know, Ted was the greatest stand-up comic of the '80s.
Typical Ted routine, courtesy of wikipedia:
"I was walking down the road the other day, this chap drove up beside me and said, 'Excuse me, mate, I'm in a dilemma.' I said, 'Aye, good motors, Dilemmas. I was thinking of buying one myself. A red one perhaps.'"
"I was walking down the road the other day, this chap walked up to me and said 'Do you want to buy some grass, mate?' I said 'No thanks, mate, I've got crazy paving. Haven't got a garden, you see.'"
"I was walking down the road the other day, this chap walked up to me and said 'Do you want to buy some LSD, mate?' I said 'No thanks, mate, We've gone decimalised now. You know, pounds, shillings and pence - no use to me any more.'"
"I was walking down the road the other day, this chap came up to me. I said to him, 'Haven't seen you for a while.' He said 'Well, I've just got back from Nam.' I said, 'What, you mean Vietnam?' He said 'No, mate, Chelt'nam.'"
"I look forward to when I've got a car and I can drive down the road, so I won't get all these characters coming up to me."
Ted has been revived, found religion and is now the Rev. Ted. There are plans to release a box set of his complete works in 2007. He has a MySpace. He is currently doing a few tour dates but none anywhere near me unfortunately. If you get the chance please go and see him. You won't regret it.
Here is a rather untypical example of Ted at work. This is a collaboration with label-mates Fuzzbox and The Nightingales on Ted's song Rocking with Rita.
Another one on YouTube.
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Head to toe. Rocking with Rita would certainly be in my all time top ten favourites. I've got it on a well worn tape so I look forward to the box set. Glad to see he's touring again.
I particularly liked Ted's response to one heckler (didn't actually hear this, sadly) -
"I was walking down the road the other day -"
"No, you're wrong. You think you've heard it, but this isn't the one you're thinking of. I was walking down the road the other day..."
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