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Sunday, 1 August 2010

dave allen's supernatural comedy

Supernatural references in unlikely cultural places tickle me, like comedy. Dave Allen was an Irish comedian best-known for his TV shows in the 60s and 70s, where he would hold forth in irreverent style from a comfy high stool - cigarette in one hand, glass of whisky in the other - on life, death, religion, smoking, the English and whatever else took his maverick fancy. But he was also interested in the supernatural. Not in a Peter Sellers way, obsessing about unlucky colours and astrology, but certainly a pretty classic man of his supernatural-obsessed time. In 1974 he curated an anthology of spooky and horror tales called A Little Light Reading and, in 1976 and 1977, he followed up an earlier series of documentaries about eccentrics with ones exploring pagan music and arcane legends and folklore. Applying his comedic timing and storytelling to the supernatural tale below was a stroke of genius though.

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