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Desc:Brutal sketch from season four.
Category:Humor, Horror
Tags:british, mitchell, webb, Sherlock Holmes, chinamen
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Comment count is 36
Mancakes - 2010-09-01
I realize they made references to Blackadder and all that beforehand, but this sketch had no right to be in what otherwise was a good, fun show.
Hegemony Cricket - 2010-09-01
Yes, how dare they do something interesting.

The fiends.

baleen - 2010-09-01

This was amazing, what are you talking about?

fatatty - 2010-09-01
I hope you're only 1 starring this for the depression factor, cause otherwise you're a dolt.

ToucheTurtle - 2010-09-01
Yeah, because pathos and comedy should never be mixed and the audience never surprised or challenged.

Were you laughing at the senile old man and then they spoiled it for you by pointing out that that you were laughing at a senile old man?

Wombles - 2010-09-06
It isn't in an otherwise fun show. It's a completely out of context clip on the internet.

Also genre bridging can be excellent, but its hard to pull off. These guys do it superbly.

Charon - 2010-09-01
Wow. First I LOLed at the Chnaiman thing but then the end. Wow.
dueserpenti - 2010-09-01
Holy shit.
Innocent Bystander - 2010-09-01
fedex - 2010-09-01
duck&cover - 2010-09-01
It's okay, he'll be revived and rejuvenated in the 22ND CENTURY!
twinkieafternoon - 2010-09-01
Simian Pride - 2010-09-01
BHWW - 2010-09-01
It was already a sort-of uncomfortable sketch, in a good way (not that Mitchell & Webb sketches haven't mined uncomfortable, awkward subjects for humor before) but still, just DAMN.
Squeamish - 2010-09-01
Oh, ouch.
cognitivedissonance - 2010-09-01
They out-creeped Tim and Eric. Bravo!
cognitivedissonance - 2010-09-01
Furthermore, adding comparison to lesser acts, this is exactly the sort of sketch that Little Britain would've hammered into the ground and made a weekly affair, and here M&W take it and reverse the comedy dictum that the weak must be hilarious, to brilliant effect.

bac - 2010-09-01
Not...what I was expecting.
kennydra - 2010-09-01
Spider Jerusalem - 2010-09-01
This really is brilliantly done.
FeeFiFoFoTheFifeFifeBrown - 2010-09-01
Wait, would things really still be that quaint and Victorian by the time Holmes was geriatric?

cognitivedissonance - 2010-09-01
Assuming Holmes was in his early 50s in 1885, and this sketch takes place in the World War I era (as evidenced by the nurse's uniform), I think it's not out of range.

baleen - 2010-09-02

Are you trying to correct David Mitchell's OCD understanding of history? That's funny.

cognitivedissonance - 2010-09-02
I'm just saying that if you go by the assumption that THIS ONE ROOM is quaint and Victorian to suit Holmes' preferences, and the nurse is wearing a WW1 era uniform, it makes a lot of sense.

bac - 2010-09-02
Why would you assume Holmes was in his early 50's in 1885? He at most would have been in his late twenties. Considering he relates to Watson a story from when he vacationing from university sometime in the mid to late 70's. (The story of the Gloria Scot I believe)

Xenocide - 2010-09-01
I watched this twice. The first time, it was very funny. The second time, it was the complete opposite.

All my stars.
Bort - 2011-02-07
Well sure, there are a lot of videos that are funny only the first time, and after you've heard the jokes they no longer ...

... Oh. Oh, I see.

Comatose2 - 2010-09-01
Watson was brilliant in this. Played completely straight and you could see pain in his eyes at what Holmes had become.
Banal Intercourse - 2010-09-01

oswaldtheluckyrabbit - 2010-09-01
these men are geniuses
oddeye - 2010-09-01
I'd rather die, as would my father.
Aelric - 2010-09-02
That has ominous undertones.

Anaxagoras - 2010-09-01
Without the laugh track, it would have been sublime. But the track was so incredibly jarring; it never felt like a comedy sketch to me.

Also, my criticisms and thoughts are very important.
Chinballs - 2010-09-02
That was painful to watch...however it did showcase their impressive acting talents. As saddening as this skit was, it was a reminder of how entertaining the M and W look really is.

Bravo...(wipes tear from eye)
mashedtater - 2010-09-03
may we all have a friend like watson
Squeamish - 2010-09-07

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