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animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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18 Responses to 420

  1. ben says:


  2. there’s always room for comedy but how far is too far? I was Mr emery I would deck him.

  3. subo says:

    how irritating is when it’s kids, or other less powerful members of church, who are used as props for the vicars/curates jokes!

  4. Schmikey says:

    to become a vicar is to receive official permission to be as quirky as one can possible be

  5. Dave Wiles says:

    hope it is ok otherwise i know a few who are in deep s*** when they get to glory!!

  6. Robb says:

    That’s odd, I though it was the vicar/curate of the church who are used as props for the less powerful members of the church jokes.

  7. zefi says:

    Meh. I don’t un.

    I feel left out…

  8. Catriona says:

    hee hee, let’s hope there is still room for a comedy vicar, but let him/her be appropriate to C21.

    I seem to recall that Dawn French thought it essential that Geraldine Grainger had ‘lovely plump melons’ as well as a love of chocolate. Maybe the comedy vicar ‘came of age’ in her portrayal? We could laugh both with and at Geraldine without the need to cringe

  9. Robb says:

    I think that the best thing about Geraldine Granger was the fact that she was the sane one. Yet at the same time she was also one of the funny ones. She told jokes where as many of the others were just bonkers.

    No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no yes that’s right!

  10. jonbirch says:

    hi dennis… the comedy vicar in this cartoon is unaware of his blooper… he is merely commenting on mrs emery’s plump melons… which are indeed plump. :-)

    catriona… just saw th v of d one where she gets people to bring all their animals to church. it’s really good. interesting thoughts on her character… last comedy vicar i can recall is rowan atkinson in ‘four weddings and a funeral’… he’s very nervous as it’s his first wedding wedding and says ‘in the name of the father, son and holy goat. :-)

    dave… me too. :-)

    schmikey… i like it. are you a vicar?

    zefi… a vicar in england is a leader or minister of a church of england church. ther is a comedy tradition of the goofy inaffectual vicar being lampooned. also, as others have said… there is a tradition for ministers who are really quite funny people… i know a few. :-)

    robb… you’re right. i was thing of the derek nimmo / dads army / dick emery type vicar when i did this. i met dick emery when i was younger… he was very sweet. :-)

  11. jonbirch says:

    yeh robb… v of d lampooned village life rather than the church. infact it was very sympathetic towards the church and gg was the the hero. :-)

  12. Carole says:

    Eh, you can’t beat a good comedy vicar. Trouble is, the real ones don’t live up to comedic expectations!

    The cartoon is great fun. Personally, I love to brighten up my otherwise boring grocery shopping trips by picking up a couple of large melons and saying to himself, “Ooh, these are nice, come and have a squeeze!” That’s usually before I get to the suggestive handling of the cucumbers. You’d think that after twenty odd years we would get tired of it, but no, it causes great hilarity every time! But it is just a bit of puerile fun between consenting adults and no vicars are hurt in the process. :lol:

    Fruit and smut, a marriage made in heaven!

    Bring back Fr Ted.

  13. Jon – I know many Vicar’s and Christian workers who ‘Pretend’ they don’t know what they are saying! And I for one am not buying it. Inappropriate is Inappropriate! Can we have a comic on Flirting? now that would provoke some discussion.

  14. becky says:

    My favorite priest bit is the Monty Python Sketch titled “The Bishop.” You Brits seem to have prefected the buffoon priest as depicted on film and television to an art form – here in the states, when a priest gets on TV, it’s usually because he was caught with his pants down or his hand in the collection plate.

    As a PK (preachers kid), I can attest that being used as sermon fodder sucks. I also had a father who said some very inappropriate things that I don’t think I could repost even on this blog – the college kids loved him, the older types tended to get him fired.

  15. Schmikey says:

    haha, no Jon i’m not a vicar, i just have a exceptionally rose tinted view of the anglican village vicar…

  16. ron says:

    Did he lie?! No. They ARE lovely plump melons.
    Sad thing is that when we hand out compliments, its automatically assumed that we also want to eat the melons. Okay, maybe I would want to eat the melons. Maybe he could just think about the melons? Nuts! Jesus even talked about that being just like eating them.

    I’ll go stare at a blank wall. ;)

  17. jonbirch says:

    aah ron… the christian life is fraught with struggle. :-)

  18. James says:

    I sometimes wonder if some vicars have misinterpreted their true calling to stand up comedy :p

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