This week marks the US release of Snuffbox at long last to DVD via Severin Films, and to celebrate, we thought we’d take a look back at some classic moments from the cult sketch show.
You can buy your own copy of Snuffbox from various retailers, including Amazon.com right now, and marvel at some all new special features featuring a host of celebrity guests, as well as six glorious episodes of comedy and a bonus soundtrack cd!
This weekend, to celebrate, TVO will be hosting its own Tweet View of the first two episodes at 11pm UK time Saturday evening – which anyone with Twitter can join in with, anywhere in the world! Join us on our new secondary Twitter channel @TVOTweetView via the hash-tag #snuffbox.
We already delved into the reasons to love Snuffbox in our Forgotten Favourites article last year, but here are 21 of our favourite moments that make the show so special.
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Throughout the series, we see Matt’s failed attempts at picking up the ladies – but none of them are quite as harsh as the tale of the beautiful woman and her pet dog Fluffy, seen in episode five. At once both stupendously shocking and superbly silly, which is just how we like our Snuffbox…
RAPPER WITH A BABY
It’s short and not-so-sweet, but it’s been buzzing round our heads since 2006, and shows no signs of going away. Typically, quintessentially Rich Fulcher, our favourite American gets to flex his rapping chops with a baby in tow, to utterly hilarious results.
THE SILVER COWBOY BOOTS
Poor Matt… all he wants is a pair of silver cowboy boots that he’s got on order, but every shop assistant he sees gives him hassle, and physical abuse. Fortunately, it only takes a few beatings before both the cowboy boots, and a dream girl are in his possession, and that glorious theme tune can get another airing.
Rich is having difficulty sleeping, thanks to a recurring dream about a bear, so he goes to see an expert on sleeping disorders. To say more would spoil the joke, but the conclusion comes in a manner you’d never get on The Two Ronnies…
MAN WAS BUILT BUT FROM CLAY
The Thin White Duke himself, knee deep in Aladdin Sane, tries to borrow a music stand from songwriters Berry & Fulcher, but Rich has other ideas. A brilliant cameo from Alice Lowe, somehow looking more like Bowie than Bowie ever did…
PC vs MAC
The brilliant Alan Ford has made a career out of being an Angry Cockney hardman – so Berry & Fulcher cast him as a Priest for the condemned. In this sequence, he’s knee deep in an argument about the superior computer with Matt, and it seems Berry doesn’t like it when people disagree with him.
Rich has found Matt’s childhood diaries, and has been telling everyone at the gentlemen’s club all of Berry’s dirty secrets – when suddenly, the fruity voiced one goes a little Michael Jackson on everyone, and leads the gents in a Thriller-esque warning to Mr Fulcher.
THE BROKEN PRINTER
We’re not sure what’s funnier. Rich Fulcher as Elvis Presley, coming to fix the printer, or Matt Berry as the grumpy Yorkshire manager managing to out-characature the American.
TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR BODY
A mild mannered, meek but highly affectionate nerdy type, played by Rich, spends several sketches increasing his relationship status from his hand, to a chocolate cake and finally to a beautiful woman, but it seems at the last minute, he can’t quite deliver the goods to the right ‘object’.
THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST
Richard Ayoade giving it his best Whispering Bob Harris impression, whilst Matt gets his prog on. What more do you need to make you watch this show?
SIR CHARLES BERRY
A chance for Matt to really ‘Berry It Up’, as Rich regularly travels back in time to 1888 to consult with Sir Charles, Matt’s Great Uncle. Sir Charles seems to have magical powers, and a way with Victorian ‘refreshments’.
“THAT’S THE C***!”
Matt and Rich are walking down that long white corridor once again… when Berry shoves his American cohort through a door leading to a police line-up, where an old lady points the finger in the most unlikely fashion.
A highlight of his Opium album, here Matt endulges in a fantasy moment involving a series of rope-wearing dancers, as he confesses the nature of his profession in song. Great stuff.
We’re at a lakeside greasy spoon burger van, and a little boy just wants a hot dog and a coke. Rich’s mangy chef may be good with kids, but one of these days, Sally sure is gonna get it…
Rich & Matt both get visits from their brothers, and whereas Rich’s sibling is pretty much an over-exaggerated version of what happens when you point a camera or an audience at Fulcher anyway, it’s Berry’s quiet, 80% deaf, ginger brother with the robotic voice distortion and a penchant for milk that really steals the show. And when he appears on Whistle Test with a special recording, it’s impossible to keep a straight face. All together now: “WHAAAAT?”
THE SWEAR SONG
The climax of episode three sees Fulcher’s bowler-hatted businessman and a selection of strangers create an intensely catchy rhythm utilising a stream of naughty words, which provides Berry & Fulcher another chance to belt out that classy theme song.
After a string of misfires, Rich finds new love in a girl called Grendel, with a truly bizarre method of communicating. Matt recognises the name, and he soon realises exactly where from…
HOW TO LEARN GUITAR
It’s a moment of purest Snuffbox weirdness, when a small boy pops on his new guitar tutorial dvd, and is faced with Matt’s sinister instructor with one incredibly long finger…
Fulcher at his least restrained, as a psychopathic, explosives-equipped militaristic art gallery curator. He’s got a bomb on his leg, and he won’t stand for anyone mocking his beautiful paintings – though, naturally, Matt is having none of it.
AWKWARD MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE
For those moments that are just too awkward for words…
The climax of the whole she-bang reveals Matt’s lineage, and takes his selfish betrayals to new heights. Thankfully, Rich can see the funny side… and so can we, after six glorious episodes of madcap nonsense.
Snuffbox is available on DVD now in North America via Severin Films, and elsewhere in the world via 2|Entertain.
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