Jasper Carrott

Jasper CArrot, Driven to Distraction

Top 100 funny insurance claims

Funny motor insurance claims were made famous Jasper Carrott in the 1980s Humourous insurance claims, especially motor ones, were made famous by comedian Jasper Carrott when he introduced them to his acts in the 1980’s. What’s especially funny is that they were all apparently true. I would imagine there’s far more around than the hundred …

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction by his Mother-in-Law

DRIVEN TO DISTRACTION An analysis of Jasper Carrott’s stage routine over time, as compared to his written material, using his ‘Mother-in-law’ sketch. As well as being shown on TV, recorded live at Palladium (with London Weekend TV, if I recall), and since, it features on his album ‘Beat the Carrott’, and in one of his …

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Introduction

INTRODUCTION The purpose of this project is to study and compare written and live sketches by comedian Jasper Carrott to find the relationship between the two and how, grammatically, the delivery develops over time. Specifically to find what effect, if any, constant repetition of an act has on the structure of its sentences. There is …

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Contextual Information

Contextual information Gesticulation is the grammatical equivalent of contextual narrative and so finds a place in this project. I am covering this first as physical actions play an important part in any comedians’ routine, but are not readily apparent on the taped version*. Generally speaking, it can be found in three ways. Firstly, by actually …

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Accents

Using colloquial accents General discourse, communicating directly with the audience, is what makes or breaks a comedian. If you read a humorous sketch – such as ‘Driver-in-Law’ – it is not the words themselves that make you laugh, but the images that they conjure up. In the book form this is somewhat restricted. You can …

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Tuts

Tuts Unconscious ‘tuts’ only appear in the first half of his act and are usually preceded by a very short pause and followed by ‘and’ or ‘er(m).’ They may just be used as fillers for time or while he thinks out his next sentence, but there is evidence to suggest that they are possibly mnemonic …

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Pauses

Pauses Pauses, coupled with intonation, are a significant part of speech and in Jasper Carrott’s routines have a number of different uses. These can be divided into deliberate and unconscious pauses. The former will include stopping for breath, pausing for a build up or to prompt a response from the audience. The unintentional pauses, which …

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