HO-FUCKING-YES! Tickets to the live screening of Rab C Nesbitt! An absolute dream come true. My brother Bryan and I have been watching it since we were roughly the ages of my two boys just now (5 &7).
We started off with watching episodes of The Young Ones when we were very young! Say maybe 4 & 7 years old and we were absolutely obsessed with Rik Mayall and Ed Edmonson’s ‘Bottom’ later on (and I mean obsessed). Even though we were very young, it never did us any harm – as I say, we didn’t understand the more adult references (sex etc) because they were never really in a proper context or explored.
It’s probably why I let the kids watch the Burnistoun sketches. It never did my brother and I any harm and we are funnier people with a passion for comedy now. We used to act out Rab and Mary Doll haha just like my two doing their Sammy Strange. My mum said it takes her right back.
My mum let us cultivate our passion for comedy. I remember, even though she must have been on a very tight budget, she used to pay a fortune for a taxi from our Nana’s in East Kilbride just so we wouldn’t miss our favourite comedian at the time Phil Kay. What I realise now is that my mum wasn’t indiscriminate in what she let us watch on TV (I never thought she was) but rather very deliberate. Most of the comedy we got to watch was Scottish Comedy, or comedy by women (Jo Brand, Victoria Wood). I have to mention here that I remember SO clearly watching French & Saunders sketches (my mum didn’t like them but she let me watch them) and thinking “one day I want to do that!”. I can’t thank her enough for letting us watch things like, City Light’s, The High Life, Rab C Nesbitt, The Young Ones…then later things like Bottom, Chewing The Fat etc. All the while, we got to stay up late sometimes and watch stand up routines by Jo Brand, Jack Dee…. I have to say, being at Primary school and being able to get an early grasp on self-depreciating humour was a great defence mechanism. It really set me up well. When I got to Secondary I was like an iron cage of confidence and I took to comedy in drama classes like a duck to water. (hugs self)
So now I let my kids watch (selected) Burnistoun sketches and Bob’s Burgers as well. I’ll introduce them to some Rab C and some Chewing The Fat and maybe some Bottom as well. I hope one day they look back and appreciate it the way I appreciate MY mum’s foresight. She is a legend. She always laughs at my jokes. I love her.
Here is the bold yin’s doing their wee act.