Tagged: Jasper Carrott

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Audience Address

Audience Address Comedy is like any other commodity – it can me marketed. And like any market the style must suit the targeted audience. The approach to a television show like ‘Carrott’s Lib’ is different from that of his theatre shows and different again from the form used in his...

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Audience Prompts

Audience Prompts These prompts apply only to the live audience. Jasper Carrott employs a number of these with various results. The main ones he uses, some of which have been mentioned earlier, are pauses, key words or phrases and by starting the laughter himself. These may be used in conjunction...

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Sentences

Sentences As has been shown in the preceding posts, there are a number of differences between the written and spoken material. in this section I shall look purely at the words used and how they are strung together. A table of all the grammatical statistics can be found in appendix...

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Conclusion

Conclusion Based on this study of Jasper Carrott’s ‘Mother-in-Law / Learner Driver’ sketch I can conclude that his delivery has indeed become much more polished with time. In conjunction with intonation, gestures and use of accents, his final act sis so well rehearsed that, grammatically, it is as highly structured...

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Notations

Appendix A : Key to the notation forms used in the transcriptions (.) Pause of a second or less (#) Pause of greater than 1 second. Duration gives (i.e. (3) for three-second pause). (J.#) Deliberate pause to prompt audience response or laughter (*#) Duration of audience laughter (J*#) Duration of...

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Transcript 1975

Appendix B – 1975 transcript Track: ‘Learner Driver’ Taken from the album ‘Jasper Carrott Rabbits On and On and On…’ Recorded live at The Fletchhamstead, Coventry, 1975 Duration : 4:01 minutes May well be removed one day, but I found it on Youtube, here: (Note: The posts were based on...

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Transcript 1981

Appendix C – 1981 transcript Track ‘Learner Driver’ Taken from the album ‘Beat the Carrott’ Recorded live at the London Palladium, 1981 Duration: 5.52 May well be removed one day, but I found it on Youtube, here: You can buy the DVD on Amazon now. (Note: The posts were based...

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: from book

Appendix D: ‘DRIVER-IN-LAW’ Taken from the book: ‘A Little Zit On The Side’ by Jasper Carrott Published by Arrow Books Ltd., 1979 (reprinted in 1985, 1987) (Now out of print, sadly, but still available on places like Amazon) (Note: The posts were based on line numbering from a print-out, as...

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Jasper Carrott – Driven to Distraction: Grammatical Statistics

Appendix E: Grammatical Statistics (1) The figures in brackets do not include double occurrence of conjunctions (e.g. "and and," "and then") (2) The figures in brackets include unfinished clauses (3) The figures do not include double occurrence of pauses (i.e. (.H) (*7)) (4) Figures are rounded to the nearest whole...