->''The purpose of satire, it has been rightly said, is to strip away the blanket of comforting illusion and cozy half-truth with which we surround ourselves. And our job, as I see it, is to put it back again.''\\
-- Michael Flanders ''At The Drop Of Another Hat''
Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, who co-wrote and performed comic songs in the 1950s and 1960s. Unusually for the time neither performer stood during their shows, Swann being seated at the piano and Flanders confined to a wheelchair by polio (contracted in service during UsefulNotes/WorldWar2).
The two began their musical careers together at school but were drawn apart on the outbreak of the war. A chance meeting in 1948 led them to begin writing comic songs for other performers to sing before they decided to start performing for themselves in a show titled ''At The Drop Of A Hat''. After touring worldwide they returned to Britain to open their new show ''At The Drop Of Another Hat'' and recorded a number of songs not heard in either show.
In 1967 they ceased touring together but remained friends until Flanders' death in 1975.
Their works provide examples of:
* AffectionateParody: Many of their songs use this trope, and recently they have become subject to one themselves by Series/TheArmstrongAndMillerShow.
* AllAreEqualInDeath: "Twenty Tons of TNT"
* AnythingYouCanDoICanDoBetter: "Sounding Brass"
* AudienceParticipation: "The Hippopotamus"
-->'''Flanders:''' ''And tonight, by way of encouragement attendants will be passing among you. With rawhide whips.''
* BathsAreFun: "In the Bath"
* BilingualBonus: "Je suis le Tenebreux" sung by Swann, is a genuinely moving French poem set to music with none of the comedy that the performance implied from the reaction to the line "I think translation rather spoils it."
* BlackComedyRape: "Madeira, M'Dear" and "Philological Waltz"
* TheBore: "[[PunBasedTitle The Boar]]"
* ButLiquorIsQuicker: "Have Some Madeira, M'Dear"
* DaysOfTheWeekSong: "The Gasman Cometh"
* DisasterDominoes: "The Gasman Cometh"
* FatherIDontWantToFight: "The Reluctant Cannibal"
* HeAlsoDid: Donald Swann, working alone, produced an album of music from Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and became good friends with Tolkien himself.
* HereWeGoAgain: "The Gasman Cometh" and "A Song of the Weather"
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: From "Greensleeves":
-->He sent for a playwright friend of his and he said to him "Look, kid.." ''(audience laughs)'' That was his name: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Kyd Kyd]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: "Greensleeves"
* ImAHumanitarian: "The Reluctant Cannibal"
* KilledMidSentence: The title character of [[spoiler:"The Ostrich"]].
-->We were never able to come up with a rhyme for "Khrushchev" until he'd gone: "Did he fall, or was he pusch off?"
* LifeOfTheParty: "Twice Shy"
* ListingCities: "Slow Train", which specifically lists British settlements whose rail services and lines had been closed by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beeching_Axe Beeching Axe]] starting in 1963, to cut the heavy financial losses incurred by the UK's railways.
* MultipurposeMonoculturedCrop: "The Wompom" is about the world's most miraculous, all-purpose plant.
* NapoleonDelusion: "The Elephant"
* OstrichHeadHiding: The chorus of "The Ostrich".
* OverlyLongGag: "In the Desert" and "Kokoraki"
--> '''Swann:''' ''I omitted eight verses!''
* PatrioticFervour: "A Song of Patriotic Prejudice" is an AffectionateParody.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The last line of "The Ostrich".
* StarCrossedLovers: "Misalliance" (The tragic tale of the right-handed Honeysuckle and the left-handed Bindweed.)
* ThriftyScot: Possibly the least insulting stereotype used in "A Song of Patriotic Prejudice" (although the word they use is 'mean').
* TranslationYes: "Songs For Our Time"
* VanityLicensePlate: In "Sounding Brass":
-->My car registration number's 1111 VIP.
* WeirdTradeUnion: "Bedstead Men" (or possibly it's a Weird Secret Society)
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: "The Spider"
* WithLyrics: "Ill Wind"
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: "Greensleeves"