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Al Murray
Murrary on stage as The Pub Landlord
Born May 10, 1968 (age 38)
Stewkley, Buckinghamshire, England

Al Murray (born May 10, 1968) is an English comedian best known for his stand-up persona, 'the Pub Landlord', a stereotypical xenophobic public house licensee, and indeed earlier in his career he performed in pubs as though it were genuinely his 'gaff'. Image File history File links Al-murray-comedian. ... May 10 is the 130th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (131st in leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Stewkley is a village in Buckinghamshire, England. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... May 10 is the 130th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (131st in leap years). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... A stand-up or stand-up comic is someone that performs comedy in an informal way, i. ... Xenophobia means fear of strangers or the unknown and comes from the Greek ξενοφοβια, xenophobia, literally meaning fear of the strange. It is often used to describe fear of or dislike of foreigners, but racism in general is sometimes described as a... A thatched pub (The Williams Arms) at Wrafton, near Braunton, North Devon, England The Kings Arms Pub in Sandford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. ... Gaff may refer to: Gaff rig, a spar used in certain sailboat rigs Gaff (fishing), a pole with a hook used to land fish In Ireland, gaff is a term used in place of the word house, to denote a place of residence. ...


Murray has toured with other comedians (including Harry Hill, Jim Tavaré and Frank Skinner) and in other personae. He won the Perrier Award in 1999, after being nominated in 1996, 1997 and 1998.[1] He started out with an act that involved sound-effect impressions, including of guns and animals; a combination that prompted an equal number of plaudits for vocal skill and complaints of tastelessness. In 2003, he was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy.[2] A quiz show, Fact Hunt (say it aloud), presented by Murray as the Pub Landlord and based on the fictional quiz machine of the same name from Time Gentlemen Please was shown on late-night ITV in 2005. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jim Tavare is an English stand-up comedian and musician. ... Christopher Graham Collins, aka Frank Skinner (born 28 January 1957 is an English writer and comedian. ... The Perrier Comedy Award is a prestigious award for comedy, awarded to the best comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Fact Hunt (2005) is a comedic TV quiz show aired late at night on various ITV regions. ... Time Gentlemen Please is a British sitcom. ... ITV (Independent Television) is the name popularly given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. In England, Wales and southern Scotland, the network has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He was also the presenter of Al Murray's Road to Berlin on the Discovery Channel. This was a series about the last phase of World War II, taking him from the beaches of Normandy, through Arnhem and up the Rhine, ending in Berlin. In the series he drove around in a restored Willys Jeep, and interviewed survivors from both sides of the war. In the episode about operation Market Garden he parachuted, together with veterans, from a plane, to commemorate the battle. Discovery Channel is a property of Discovery Communications primarily packaged as a network entertainment brand distributed in virtually every pay-television market in the world. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom France Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Charles de Gaulle Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian... Mont Saint-Michel, one of the famous symbols of Normandy. ... Arnhem is a municipality and a city in the east of the Netherlands, located on the Lower Rhine, and the capital of the Gelderland province. ... Loreley At 1,320 kilometres (820 miles) and an average discharge of more than 2,000 cubic meters per second, the Rhine (Dutch Rijn, French Rhin, German Rhein, Italian: Reno, Romansch: Rein, ) is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe. ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... The WWII Willys MB US Army Jeep. ... Combatants United Kingdom United States Poland Germany Commanders Bernard Montgomery Gerd von Rundstedt Strength XXX Corps, 35,000 airborne 20,000 Casualties 17,000 casualties 8,000 casualties Operation Market Garden (September 17-September 25, 1944) was an Allied military operation in World War II. Its tactical objectives were to...


In 2004, he appeared as a contestant in the first series of Hell's Kitchen, Gordon Ramsey's cookery based reality show on ITV1. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hells Kitchen (UK) is a British cookery-based reality show starring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. ... Gordon Ramsay on Ramsays Kitchen Nightmares Gordon James Ramsay, OBE (born 8 November 1966) is one of Britains most famous chefs. ... ITV1 is the name, in England, Wales and the Scottish borders, for a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ...


Since January 2006, Murray has being filling in for Tim Lovejoy on Virgin Radio. 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The image above is believed to be a replaceable fair use image. ... Virgin Radio, originally known as Virgin 1215, is a British commercial music radio station based in London which plays popular music and rock. ...


He is to present his own chat show Al Murray's Happy Hour from January 13, 2007 on ITV1.[3] 2007 (MMVII) is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

The Pub Landlord

The Pub Landlord is an English nationalist with a dislike for anything un-British, and with a particular dislike of Americans and the French; he will challenge the audience to name any country in the world, however, before producing some plausible instance of England bettering it. Catchphrases include "...beautiful British name!", "Time-waster!", "You DISGUST me!" and "Is your dad proud of you, son?". The character first appeared in 1994 when Murray was the tour support act for Harry Hill[4] (Murray cut his TV teeth on Hill's TV show playing his 'big brother Alan': "If it's too hard, I can't understand it!"), and subsequently featured in a short film, Pub Fiction (1995). Murray's theatre show with the pub landlord character My Gaff, My Rules was short-listed for an Olivier Award in 2002,[5] and he has also appeared in character as the central focus of the television series Time Gentlemen Please, as well as a number of other television appearances, including the An Audience with... strand. Subsequent theatre tours, ...A Glass of White Wine for the Lady (another catchphrase) and Giving it Both Barrels also ran to critical acclaim. English nationalism is the name given to a political movement of English people seeking the re-establishment of an independent sovereign state of England, via the dissolution of the United Kingdom, or self-government for England via a devolved English parliament. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Laurence Olivier Awards, previously known as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, were renamed in honour of British actor Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier in 1984, having first been established in 1976. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Time Gentlemen Please is a British sitcom. ...


Often in his shows, as a deliberate comic interruption, Murray offers a glimpse at the extremely intelligent and sensitive man behind his antithetical persona. This often involves a modest and subtle demonstration of his knowledge of philosophical and literary debates, and his appreciation of real-world political issues beyond the right-wing extremism he is lampooning (his act may be seen as a fresh take on the Alf Garnett idea). It is a testament to his skill as a comedian that he mainly uses this to deflate the egotism of anyone he invites on stage, who are mainly people with pretentious job titles from the first few rows. Although quite a lot of his act involves light-hearted 'attacks' on women, especially if they are drinking pints ("Tell me there's lime in it, darling!"), and people from other countries, the object is satire and ultimately the Pub Landlord is a deliberately pathetic creature, with Murray working in a background featuring a failed marriage, failure as a father and early homosexual experiences ("I was NEVER confused!") lying behind his misogyny and bigotry. Philosophy (from the Greek words philos and sophia meaning love of wisdom) is understood in different ways historically and by different philosophers. ... Literature is literally an acquaintance with letters as in the first sense given in the Oxford English Dictionary (from the Latin littera meaning an individual written character (letter)). The term has, however, generally come to identify a collection of texts. ... Alf Garnett was a fictional character on the BBC television sitcom Til Death Us Do Part and later In Sickness and in Health. ... Since its coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... Misogyny () is hatred or strong prejudice against women. ... A bigot is a prejudiced person who is intolerant of opinions, lifestyles or identities differing from their own. ...


When asked about the sitcom during live shows, in character as the Pub Landlord, Murray claims to be unhappy with the television series, a joke some have taken literally.


Background

Murray is from Stewkley in England. He attended Bedford School and is a graduate of St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, where he studied history. There he performed in the elite comedy group, the Oxford Revue.[4] Stewkley is a village in Buckinghamshire, England. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Bedford School is a public school for boys in Bedford, fifty miles north of London, England. ... St Edmund Hall is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... The Oxford Revue is a comedy theatrical revue featuring students from Oxford University. ...


Murray is a direct descendant of William Makepeace Thackeray.[6] William Makepeace Thackeray William Makepeace Thackeray (18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was an English novelist of the 19th century. ...


He played drums in an alt-metal band called Geyser with Simon Oakes and Adam Wolters.


Release List

  • My Gaff, My Rules
  • ...And a Glass of White Wine for the Lady
  • Giving it Both Barrels

References

  1. ^ Perrier Comedy Awards. Retrieved on 2006-12-27.
  2. ^ The A-Z of laughter. Guardian Unlimited. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2006-12-27.
  3. ^ When Harry met Murray. The Times Online. The Times. Retrieved on 2007-01-07.
  4. ^ a b Al Murray. BBC Comedy. BBC. Retrieved on 2006-12-27.
  5. ^ 2001-2002 26th Laurence Olivier Awards. LA Times. Retrieved on 2006-12-27.
  6. ^ Al Murray's Biography. Chortle. Retrieved on 2006-12-27.

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Al Murray - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (528 words)
Al Murray (born Bedford, 1968) is an English comedian best known for his stand-up persona, the Pub Landlord, a xenophobic public house licensee.
Murray's theatre show with this character My Gaff, My Rules was shortlisted for an Olivier Award in 2002, and he has also appeared as the central character in the television series Time Gentlemen Please as well as a number of other television appearances.
Murray is a direct descendant of William Makepeace Thackeray.
Ross Noble / Al Murray | Theatre Reviews | tobyyoung.co.uk (775 words)
Murray himself is a nice, Oxford-educated, middle-class boy--a direct descendant of Thackeray's--and you get the impression that he's created the Pub Landlord so he can give voice to the kind of jingoistic sentiments he'd never be allowed to utter as himself.
Murray makes various attempts to distance his own persona from the character--he makes it clear, for instance, that the Pub Landlord is a pathetic loser when it comes to the opposite sex--but his heart isn't really in it.
I caught Al Murray at a warm-up gig, honing the material for his forthcoming national tour that begins on October 2.
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