Album Review: Harry Hill - Funny Times (Island)

Listen once, laugh, then move on

In a way that only The Simpsons had done previously, with his …TV Burp Harry Hill hit the perfect centre-point between the surreal observations honed on his early shows and the couch potato mainstream. His comedy album is more hit-and-miss. Missing the mark is the depressing send-up of chav culture ‘I Wanna Baby’ and ‘Nuggets Nocturne’, an unfunny ode to fast food. But ‘Phone Up Yer Mum’, which turns pleasingly dark when the jaunty tune gives way to a sinister demand for cheques, is a hoot, as is ‘Ken!’, with a monologue from a Ken Barlow soundalike in which he declares himself “the only constant in your life”. Listen once, laugh, then move on.

Jamie Fullerton
5 / 10

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