Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Page 19: Super Man

Cohor’s repeated use of “super” is an homage to the classic BBC dark sitcom, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and its character David Harris-Jones (portrayed by Bruce Bould). The show, which ran from 1976–1979, was adapted from the 1975 novel The Death of Reginald Perrin by David Nobbs, who sadly passed away just last month. Only yesterday, the Spectator proclaimed that his book deserves to be considered a classic in its own right.

The complete Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin is available on DVD.

Reggie Perrin was a favorite of mine and my dear high school buddy Linda D. (who also turned me on to Frank Zappa). On the show, the gushingly earnest character duo of Tony Webster and Davis Harris-Jones responded to all conversations with “Great!” and “Super!” respectively.  In tribute to the program, Cohor says “super” five times during this scene in The Billionth Monkey.

The character David Harris-Jones, portrayed by Bruce Bould
in the classic BBC sitcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976-1979),
was quite fond of the word "super." Had The Lego Movie been made in the UK,
its signature song may well have been "Everything is Super."
This YouTube video provides an example of Tony and Davis's banter:

And here's a link the the Official Reginald Perrin Tribute Site.

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