The Four Yorkshiremen Sketch

1967 saw the premier of a British sketch comedy show called At Last the 1948 Show. The show ran for thirteen episodes and featured four talented comedians, namely Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman, John Cleese and Graham Chapman. Of course, the last two would go on to help form Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Perhaps the 1948 Show‘s most famous sketch was one popularly known as the “Four Yorkshiremen.” In the sketch, the four title characters gather together over a few nice glasses of Chateau de Chasseur and reminisce about their childhood. Of course, as the conversation goes on it becomes a competition to see who had the worst upbringing. Hilarity ensues.

Since it’s original performance in 1967, the sketch has become a classic bit of British comedy. When Monty Python performed at the Hollywood Bowl, they brought out the “Yorkshiremen” sketch. Additionally, at the 1979 Amnesty International benefit gala The Secret Policeman’s Ball, three of the Pythons were joined by Rowan Atkinson for a performance. Finally, at the 2001 Amnesty International show We Know Where You Live, Harry Enfield, Alan Rickman, Eddie Izzard and Vic Reeves got together to do their take on the “Four Yorkshiremen.” Here’s the original version from At Last the 1948 Show.

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About Michael Darling
Collector of the interesting and absurd.

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