Arnold Brown (comedian)

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Arnold Brown (born 1936, in Glasgow[1]) is a Scottish Jewish comedian,[2][3] one of the main figures in the alternative comedy scene of the early 1980s. Originally an accountant, Brown worked hard at live standup, until he found a knack of presenting observational comedy in a slow, meandering but entertaining style. He won the Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1987. His catchphrase was “And why not?”

He quotes the highlight of his career as supporting Frank Sinatra on stage in Glasgow's Ibrox Park.[4]

He can be seen on: the original Julien Temple film The Comic Strip (1981), performing live on stage; the film Comfort and Joy playing a psychiatrist in a manner reminiscent of his stand-up style; The Comic Strip television series (1982 on) in various roles; The Young Ones in various roles; and in The Dangerous Brothers (1985).

He appeared as himself in the 1994 partially-improvised comedy film There's No Business..., starring the comedy duos Raw Sex (Simon Brint and Rowland Rivron) and The Oblivion Boys. He has appeared in Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle in various roles;[5] and in "Torture" (from Saturday Live), he is the one who has gone through the Chinese water torture beforehand.

Arnold Brown appeared in 2012 in two Random Acts films on Channel 4 called "Where is the Fish That Never Swam?" and "The Alleyway of a Thousand Questions", directed by Jes Benstock.

His DVD, Jokes I Have Known was produced and released by Go Faster Stripe in 2012.[6]

Arnold Brown was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Comedy Awards in April 2014.[7][8]

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  1. ^ Arnold Brown (1994). Are You Looking at Me Jimmy. Methuen Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0413688909.
  2. ^ "Sunday Herald - My health: Arnold Brown, Comedian".
  3. ^ "Arnold Brown | New Humanist".
  4. ^ "Joke of the week: Arnold Brown on putting yourself down". The Scotsman. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  5. ^ "BBC Two - Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, Series 2, Charity". BBC.
  6. ^ "Go Faster Stripe".
  7. ^ Smith, Ken (1 April 2014). "Rolling in it". The Herald. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  8. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Arnold Brown at Scottish Comedy Awards 2014. YouTube.

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