The Dangerous Brothers
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The Dangerous Brothers was a stage and TV act by anarchic comedy duo Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson, performing respectively as "Richard Dangerous" and "Sir Adrian Dangerous". Although originating before the show, they appeared in a number of brief sketches in the 1980s TV programme Saturday Live.
The act was, in essence, a prototype of the career which the pair were to forge over the next twenty years in such shows as Mr Jolly Lives Next Door; Filthy, Rich and Catflap; and Bottom - two low-life loser perverts hitting each other in spectacular slapstick ways. It was arguably more hazardous than much of the material which was to follow in later incarnations - stage props in the brief run included a live (and very large, although apparently lethargic) crocodile, blank-firing submachine guns, and Edmondson apparently consuming Vim, a well-known UK brand of powder toilet cleaner. One of the early sketches went wrong when a stunt to set fire to Edmondson's trousers left him with serious burns - although much of this was left on the broadcast version.
- World Of Danger (AKA The Towering Inferno)
- Big Stunt
- Torture - featuring Norman Lovett
- Crocodile Snogging (which featured a live crocodile) and featuring John Bird
- Flying Zebra
- Exploding Politicians
- How To Get Off With A Lady - featuring Edmondson's wife Jennifer Saunders
- Babysitting - featuring Morwenna Banks as the wife and John Bird as the husband.
- Dangervision - featuring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.
- Kinky Sex
All these sketches were later released on a compilation video The Dangerous Brothers present: World of Danger.
Several Dangerous Brothers sketches are also included on the DVD compilation Saturday Live: The Best of Series One (2007).
Dangervision: The DVD
A DVD of all of the sketches featured in the show was released in 2009.
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