The Dangerous Brothers – 1985

Warning Contains Adult Material

Something else you don’t hear about too often.  Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson performing what they do best, anarchic comedy routines in the Channel 4 show Saturday Night Live.

Although the pair had appeared together previously in BBC’s The Young Ones and in other brief sketches during the 1980’s, Dangerous Brothers would set the the tone for the career that the pair would forge over the next twenty years in such shows as Mr Jolly Lives Next Door; Filthy, Rich and Catflap; and Bottom- two low-life loser perverts hitting each other in spectacular slapstick ways.

In fairness Dangerous Brothers was a little more hazardous than what would follow, so much so that the act was eventually banned for being “too sexy and too violent” a move that prompted the duo a protest by returning as ‘The Ben Elton Brothers’, and blowing up the car park at LWT Studios.

The act made use of some very original props, these included a live (and very large, although apparently lethargic) crocodile, blank-firing submachine guns, and Ade Edmondson appearing to consume Vim, a well-known UK brand of powder toilet cleaner.  An early sketch involving a stunt to set fire to Edmondson’s trousers went wrong leaving him with serious burns – although much of this was left on the broadcast version.

Summary

Meet Richard and Adrian Dangerous performing a series of don’t try this at home sketches.  These included:

World Of Danger (AKA The Towering Inferno)
Big Stunt
Torture – featuring Norman Lovett
Crocodile Snogging (which featured a live crocodile) and featuring John Bird
Flying Zebra
Exploding Politicians (in which Richard Dangerous attempts to become the 41st President of the United States of America)
How To Get Off With A Lady – featuring Edmondson’s wife Jennifer Saunders
Babysitting – featuring Morwenna Banks as the wife and John Bird as the husband.
Dangervision – featuring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.
Kinky Sex

It was the Kinky sex sketch that concerned Channel 4 bosses enough to ban it.

Clips

Starring

Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayell

Details

Channel: Channel 4, as part of Saturday Live
Sketches Conceived By: Ade Edmondson and Rik Mayall

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