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December 23, 2011

The title of the web’s funniest videos is a subjective one – and as it’s subjective, I’m going to award it to the Fast Show.
But just in case you’re wondering, I’m not talking about the Fast Show in the sense of the original series which ran from 1994-97. Instead, I’m talking about the brand new Fast Show series currently showing at Fosters.co.uk.
The comedy writers Charlie Higson and Paul Whitehouse decided to create 12 brand new episodes of the legendary show after finding out just how popular the old series had become with people searching for YouTube funny videos.
At the launch of the new online-only series, the show’s main creators and some of the other comedians paid tribute to YouTube and its importance in persuading them to resurrect the sow.
But enough of all that boring stuff; the great news is that the brand new series is at least as good as, if not better than, the original.
And the doubly good news is that Higson and Whitehouse have decided not to try and do anything new and different – but to return with brand new material for all the show’s funniest old characters. This is exactly what us aficionados wanted and quite simply, it’s the funniest stuff on the web for me.
If you don’t believe me, have a look for yourself and hear from the greats like Swiss Toni, “eco warrior” Dave Angel, Ron Manager the Chanel 9 team, Arthur Atkinson and all the others; you won’t regret it.
Even Rowley Birkin QC, who was already getting on quite a bit when we last saw him in the “last ever Fast Show” – a one-off back in 2000, is back and looking remarkably chipper for a man of his age who has clearly abused alcohol a great deal in his life, according to his great long rambling, legendary tales anyway.