Harry Enfield

He played one of the Self-Righteous Brothers, and Harry Enfield certainly has reason to be smug. He re-invented the sketch show, don’t you know.

Harry Enfield

Rubber-faced comedy genius Harry Enfield is one of the daddies of alternative comedy, inspiring everything from The Fast Show to Little Britain. And he's still going today, the Old Git.

Before gays and villages, potty-mouthed nuns, and computers that said no, there was Tim Nice But Dim and the Old Gits. Yes, Harry Enfield's been around for quite a while. The wizened and decrepit among you may even remember the 80s, when Harry gave us mouthy yuppie monstrosity Loadsamoney. Of course, real-life yuppies completely missed the point and adopted Loadsamoney as their TV hero.

Before Enfield strutted along, the sketch show format belonged to the likes of Little and Large and Cannon and Ball. Yes things were looking grim - you know your chosen form of comedy is in trouble when its most innovative star is Russ Abbot. Luckily, Enfield and his good chum Paul Whitehouse changed everything with their demented creations, turning us into a nation of catchphrase-spouting fools.

Born in Hastings, Harry's comedy ambitions really started to take shape when he met long-time pal and collaborator Whitehouse - and the first fruits of their labour quickly caught the eye on the revolutionary Channel 4 show Saturday Live. Harry, as Greek restaurateur Stavros, set out his stall for instantly recognisable and memorable characters.

Capitalising on this success, Harry and Paul got their very own show at the BBC, and Kevin, Perry, Wayne, Waynetta and The Scousers were soon leaving us all in stitches. Capturing the mood of the country with a sketch is no mean feat, but to do it consistently is a mark of a real giant amongst wits, and Harry's eye for trends and fashion has always been better than any high-fashion fop. In fact, Smashie and Nicey were so on the money they led to a huge shake up of Radio One - now who said comedy doesn't change anything?

More recently, Harry strutted his stuff in Ibiza as stroppy teenager Kevin opposite Kathy Burke and even popped up in another look at teen excess, Skins, but Harry and Paul were still not done with the sketch show. Their latest outing - Ruddy Hell It's Harry and Paul - proves that the pair haven't lost their knack for celebrating the daft things us Brits do. Yep, Harry's still at the top of the chortle chain, and will therefore continue to be considerably richer than yow.

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