As time goes on, I’m pretty sure that eventually, we will get a meme housed in the Le Louvre, Paris. Such is the power of the internet meme, who would have thought that Jeff Goldblum would be reading the lines from an episode of the Simpsons from way back when, in which Skinner tries to pull the wool over Superintendent Chalmers’ eyes and convince him that he’s about the eat some deliciously steamed hams?
Yes, that is the power of the wonderfully wacky minds of us humans. From ridiculous to actually quite clever, we see them every day, and when they’re good…they’re good.
And with that, we’ve compiled 10 of the funniest British comedy memes on the internet. Have a look and tell us which is your favourite.
First of all, I’d like to know what sort of publication has such a slow day that this can be not only front page news, but something they deemed worthy of putting on one of those weird newsstands?!
And more to the point, how can anyone, I ask you, how can anyone possibly get their finger stuck in a bucket? I know that I’m supposed to be focusing on the meme, which is hilarious, but it’s not like it was a joke at the time – this was a real front page story. HOW?!
But anyway, I’ll try and collect my thoughts and calm down and try not to rant like Ric Flair dropping an elbow on my coat. This is just a perfect example of how wonderful the internet can be. But I can imagine that Mrs Bucket wouldn’t appreciate being made into a meme like this. I mean, she has a reputation to uphold, and for her? This simply wouldn’t do!
For those of you who may not get this reference (and seriously, how could you not?!) this shot of Del Boy is from the classic episode of Only Fools and Horses that aired on Christmas Day in 1996 as part of a trilogy of specials that aired over the Christmas period of that year. This was the beginning of the trilogy of shows that ended with what was supposed to be the final episode of the show, until it came back in 2001.
This episode, entitled Heroes and Villains, follows Del Boy and Trotter planning something to do while their partners Cassandra and Raquel (along with Damien) are out of town.
Earlier on in the show, Del’s plans to get the funding from the council to get an extension on his flat had been scuppered, but he put that to one side to go with Rodney to a fancy dress party. With there being a prize for the best costume, they decided to go big, and dressed up as Batman and Robin.
That plan spectacularly backfired when their van broke down in the middle of the high street at midnight, just before the pubs would chuck out. And in an effort to run to the party, they scared off some muggers that were attempting to rob the councillor that turned down Del’s proposal. Now that’s what I call an organic coincidence!
And kudos for the person who put this poster together, they’ve even got the names of the other stars of Only Fools up top. That is true dedication!
Another fancy dress one here! This is true dedication, while we’re on that subject! This is the picture of a group of friends who decided to go on a pub crawl dressed as their favourite characters from the different Peter Kay sitcoms. And if you want to talk about dedication, one guy was dressed all night as the show’s penis-shaped bouncy castle Sammy Snake.
And even more impressive, one of the lads – in an effort to go full method in his Brian Potter costume – spent the whole night in his wheelchair.
One of the lads, when speaking with The Sun, said: “The reactions we got were absolutely hilarious. We’re all massive Peter Kay fans and we’d been planning this for a while.
“A lot of us were down in charity shops buying our outfits and we did our own makeup as well. We had girls and bouncers asking for pictures all night.
“One of the lads, Callum, wanted to go the whole hog and replicate Brian Potter. He borrowed his auntie’s brand new wheelchair for the evening so we had to make sure we looked after it.
“It was actually a bit of an eye-opener because not everywhere has disabled access but there was only maybe one place that turned us away.
“We’re big fans of Phoenix Nights, we’ve all got the DVDs and we’re constantly quoting lines to each other so we thought it would be the perfect fancy dress. Everyone really put the effort in.”
Well done, men!
And now we have the real OG here, Mr. Bean! If you’ve ever wondered when the selfie started, look no further, because here we have actual photo evidence that Mr. Bean was the originator of the selfie.
You know how the old phrase goes, always imitated, never duplicated!
This is one that true Partridge fans will enjoy. From the weird and wonderful world that is Alan Partridge, this meme really does deserve credit as being one of the best made there is. You have to admire the attention to detail, but I can’t imagine that it was easy to get those clothes on that chimp!
This one is as funny as it is deeply unfortunate. Released in 2016, Ricky Gervais decided that he wanted to unwrap the perfectly woven bow that was the end of his magnum opus, The Office, and give us a depressing and deflating look into the increasingly troubled life of David Brent, years after he first found minor fame in the early 2000s.
He’s older, his life is more depressing, and this time he’s not surrounded by good-natured people who can see that deep down he’s actually just a good bloke that gets in his own way. Instead, he’s surrounded by people who trash him behind his back, are rude to him in person, and happily take advantage of his crippling midlife crisis by taking thousands of pounds of his money.
Yep, this isn’t like how it used to be. People are worse now.
Okay, so there’s a slight reconciliation at the end, but in my mind, the damage was done, by the time I finished watching this film, I kinda just felt a bit sad about life.
(By the way I’d just like to state that that was all just one man’s opinion. What did you think about the film?)
But anyway, that notwithstanding, David Brent: Life on the Road was a big success, and eventually was streamed on Netflix. However, there was one problem with the placement of the show on the home screen that you’d really think those behind the scenes would have noticed.
Let’s just say that Sausage Party – another 2016 release – was featured close to Gervais’ film, and let’s just say that going on this picture, I don’t understand why Brent didn’t have the best life ever. Talkin’ serious heat, my friend.
I’m sure that most Americans understand that it’s not always foggy in the UK, Cambridge and Oxford aren’t like Hogwarts, we don’t all live in castles, we don’t settle our differences with a game of who-can-make-the-best-cup-of-tea, we don’t all have awful teeth and all of us blokes aren’t Hugh Grant in Four Weddings.
But still, stereotypes are stereotypes, and this picture perfectly encapsulates the idea of expectation and reality. Don’t worry Americans, there are just as many idiots over here as there are over there, we’re all just trying to make our way through life, trying not to lose all of our clothes at Thorpe Park or be seen in our mate’s yellow Fiat Cinquecento.
We all got problems.
In at number 3 is this wonderful creation from the Facebook page the Dobby Club. And this one, quite frankly, speaks for itself. Lol.
Again, this is just another example of someone going that extra mile to really make us laugh. And for anyone who is a serious fan of Only Fools and Horses, I can imagine that this will brighten up your day. Not only is this meme painstakingly put together, but it retains just enough shoddiness with how the faces are slapped onto the original picture to make it, somehow, even funnier.
Credit to whoever put this one together. You can see that they probably had a little bit too much time on their hands. But hey, who am I to judge? They spent their time putting together a true work of art with this meme. And in the age of the internet, those who put together memes with this level of skill, attention to detail and panache are basically the Picasso’s of our time.
Bravo sir, I salute you. Now please, go outside. It’s sunny!
When I saw this one, my heart filled with joy. It just took me back to the first episode of Bottom, when we are introduced to the manic, the silly and the downright beautifully violent world of Sir Richard Richard V.C. and Edward Elizabeth Hitler.
Somehow able to expertly syphon off next doors gas supply without anyone noticing but unaware that poker is only played with five cards, who can forget the time when we are introduced to the hapless gas man who has the unenviable job of trying to read these two clowns meter?
I can remember it now…”HELLO MR GAS MAN. HELLO MR GAS MAN. GAS MAN, GAS MAN, GAS MAN.”
“Who is it darling?”
“IT’S THE GAS MAN!”
“Well don’t leave him out there in the cold…dreamboat…show him in.”