We all love Amy Schumer, everyone knows how brilliant Key & Peele are, and you’ve watched Will Ferrell’s classic SNL sketches countless of times. But in this weekly column Sketchy MVPs, The Laugh Button shines a light on comedians from our favorites shows and troupes who don’t often get rightful credit for their contributions to sketch comedy.
Not too long ago, we highlighted David Walliams’ work on the beloved BBC sketch comedy show Little Britain. Now let’s take a moment to recognize the other half of the Little Britain duo: Matt Lucas.
Like Walliams, Lucas had a gift for generating laughter through both witty dialogue or through wordless sight gags. Yet between the two of them, Lucas possibly played Little Britain’s most absurd, vulgar and downright insane characters, the type of people that make you think twice about visiting the UK.
Since Little Britain, Lucas has made many appearances in films and TV, including Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland and its not so popular sequel as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, as well as a BBC mini-series with Walliams called Come Fly With Me. Just recently, it was announced that Lucas would be reprising his role as Nardole in the next season of Doctor Who.
But before he hops back in the TARDIS, let’s take a look back at a few of our favorite sketches from Lucas’ time in Little Britain.
“Lou Todd & Andy Pipkin”
You really can’t go wrong with any particular sketch featuring Lou & Andy. Every skit involving them finds the (not so) disabled Andy tormenting his friend Lou whose just trying to help, only to reveal at the end of almost every sketch that he can actually walk. But guess what… it’s always funny, and we’ll never get tired of hearing Andy proclaim “Yeah I know.”
“Vicky Pollard in a Pool”
Amazing how this play on a “chavette” (look it up if you don’t know what it is, we had to) might be Lucas’ most vulgar character… even though you can barely understand most of what she’s saying.
“Mr. Cleaves’ First Lesson”
The idea that there’s a British grammar school named after Kelsey Grammar is already a winner. But the things Lucas’ Mr. Cleaves makes his students do (like read a passage from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations in the style of the Elephant Man) makes this a classic irrelevant Little Britain sketch.
Did we say Vicky Pollard was Lucas’ most vulgar character? Yeah… we forgot about Bubbles…
Arguably one of Lucas’ most famous solo characters, there’s something genuinely funny about an openly gay man constantly declaring he’s (as he would say) the only gay in the village… when the more we see Daffyd, we realize he’s definitely not the only gay in the village, and may not even be gay at all.