#BlastfromthePast: Smack the Pony

A comedic DeLorean hop for this week’s #BlastfromthePast this week. In the last two decades, few sketch shows have tickled us quite like Channel 4’s Smack the Pony. Arriving on screens in 1999 – a whole eighteen years ago – and picking up an International Emmy award along the way – Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips gave a silly and at times surreal take on the sketch show format.

Not only was it a ratings and award winner, it also helped launch the careers of the likes of Miranda Hart, Sarah Alexander and Amanda Holden amongst others. Following a well received reunion piece for this year’s Red Nose Day for Comic Relief in March, we’ve gathered together some of our favourite sketches from the show’s original four year run. So here’s to Smack the Pony – a whinnying showcase of British sketch comedy at it’s finest and most eccentric.

WATER BOTTLE WARS

And not since have we been able to look at water cooler tanks in the same way…

SINGING CONTESTS

When you think you sound like Mariah Carey, get upstaged and then feign a papercut rather than admit defeat…

WINDOW CLEANERS WITH BIG…

…well. You’ll see.

THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T TOUCH WHILST BABYSITTING

Mystical weaponry being one of them…

DATING ADS

I really am a byoootiful lay-deh.

YOGURT EATERS

Someone do a Muller advert with Nicole Scherzinger based on this, ad execs of the UK…

PEOPLE WHO LOOK IRISH

They’re everywhere.

AND NOW, A SONG TO CLOSE THIS BLOG POST…

From B*Witched, Shania Twain, Geri Halliwell and Alice Deejay…or is it?

The complete series of Smack the Pony are available to watch on All4.

What are your memories of this week’s #BlastfromthePast? Tweet me now @ThePensmith10 using the hashtag #BlastfromthePast and I may feature some of your Tweets in next week’s blog!

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