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->'' 'Suit you, sir!' ''

British sketch-based show in TheNineties. One of the best British comedies of the decade.

Lots of regular characters, and ''lots'' of regular catchphrases. "Suit you, Sir", "Does my bum look big in this?", "I'll get me coat" (which was used a lot on Website/OutpostGallifrey), "I'm a little bit wooh, a little bit waaay", "...which was nice", "I'm afraid I was very, very drunk" and so on. [[FountainOfMemes Singlehandedly]] added several StockBritishPhrases to the language.

According to creator Paul Whitehouse, the show's format was inspired by when he was working on ''Series/HarryEnfieldAndChums'' and made a five-minute reel of highlight clips (mostly sketch punchlines) to send to the BBC to be used in previews - he then decided that "character comes on, someone shouts 'ARSE!', bang, next sketch!" was actually funnier than the usual sketch buildup, and created a show around that format (hence "fast").

Probably the best known celebrity fan of the show is Creator/JohnnyDepp, who allegedly kept trying to insert its catchphrases into the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' films.

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!!This TV show provides examples of:

* TheAce: Monkfish, who has been a tough, uncompromising detective, a tough, uncompromising doctor and a tough, uncompromising vet amongst other things. He even got an adaptation on Channel 9 called "MOOOOOOOOOOOONKFISSSSSCH!".
* AffectionateParody: ''Jazz Club'', of 'Whispering' Bob Harris of the ''Old Grey Whistle Test'', and artsy late night music show ''Later with Jools Holland''... Great. Wonderful.
** Arthur Atkinson is a (mostly) affectionate parody of Arthur Askey.
** As is narrator Tommy Cockles of Denis Norden
** Ron Manager was very much an affectionate parody of Jimmy Hill.
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: Parodied in a set of sketches where a criminal played by Mark Williams is subjected to PerpSweating with no success, only for a [[JohnLeCarre George Smiley]] {{expy}} to turn up and ask him a question in an innocuous tone that leads to him accidentally revealing everything. [[CatchPhrase "Aha!"]] ''[[CatchPhrase "...Shit!"]]''
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: PlayedForLaughs with Channel 9 TV. Scorchio!
--> Ethethethethetheth, ethehethethetheth, ethethetheth, [[InherentlyFunnyWords Chris Waddle!]]
--> Buono Estenté. Elácrimos y sputá é fálio ''ming'' di pucco-poco ''wikhjawikh'' pátandara ''Milio Pátagonia''.
* BananaRepublic: The country that produces Channel 9 (only identified as 'Repubblica') was eventually shown to be one complete with a dictator known only as El Presidenté.
* BeamMeUpScotty: "Suits you, sir!" was never ever said; the line was always "'''Suit''' you, sir!"
* BerserkButton: Johnny Nice Painter is a perfectly harmless man painting watercolours (and apparently narrating them for a tv show) right up to the moment he happens to mention the colour black. Then he quickly [[MadArtist sinks into depressive darkness]] leading to insane ranting and smashing things.
* BritishAccents: essential to many characters, especially the Cockney criminal.
* BritishStuffiness: combined with {{UST}} in the "Ted and Ralph" sketches.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Rowley Birkin QC actually ''is'' a retired barrister. Given how Queen's Counsel members are elicted on merit, this suggests that, for all his eccentricities and drunkenness, he was an incredibly good one.
* ButtMonkey: Chester Drawers is that to Arthur Atkinson in the ShowWithinTheShow.
** [[BornUnlucky Unlucky Alf]] applies as well.
* CaliforniaDoubling: the "Shore Leave" song, supposedly in New York, is clearly filmed in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
* CatchPhrase[=/=]MadLibsCatchPhrase: ''Millions''. Some characters are only even ''named'' by their catchphrases.
** '''The Suit You Tailors''': "Oh, suit you sir!" "Were you out with a ''lady'' last night sir?" "Did she ''want'' it, sir?"
** '''Rowley Birkin QC''': Variations on "...and I freely admit I was vey, vey drunk"
** '''The Off-Roaders''': "Let's off-road!"
** '''Billy Bleach''': "There's someone sitting there, mate."
** '''Chanel 9''': "Bono estente" ''('Hello')'', "[[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Boutros-Boutros Ghali]]" ''(Goodbye'', among other things), "Ethethethetheth, ethethetheth", "Chris Waddle" and "Scorchio".
** '''The Insecure Woman''': "Does my bum look big in this?"
** '''Jazz Club''': "''Nice''". "''Great''".
** '''Mr Nice''': "...Which was nice."
** '''Jesse''': "This week, I are been mostly (verb)ing..."
** '''Brilliant Kid''': "Int X brilliant?!" (His dad has "Int X rubbish?!")
** '''13th Duke of Wybourne''': "Me, the 13th Duke of Wybourne? Here? In (place)? With my reputation? Are they mad?"
** '''Ed Winchester''': "Hi, I'm Ed Winchester!"
** '''Swiss Toni''': "[[MadLibsCatchPhrase (Verb)ing a (noun)]], Paul, is very much like making love to a beautiful woman..."
** '''Ron Manager''': Variations on "Football, eh? Little boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts...''marvellous''."
** '''Johnny Nice Painter:''' "...Black? '''''Black! BLACK!''''' (goes off into insane rant)
** '''Simon Day's high-rise builder character:''' "I can't do the accent" (before proceeding to do an excellent job at imitating a completely ''different'' accent) and variations on "[[CurseCutShort Was he F--"]]
** '''Monkfish:''' "You! Put your knickers on and make me a cup of tea!"
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: ''{{Taggart}}''`s use of this trope (continuing for years after the title character died with his actor) is parodied in universe in "The Last Fast Show Ever", when Monkfish actor John Actor dies, only to be given a ''new'' show: "John Actor plays a tough, uncompromising, ''dead Scottish detective'' in '''MCMONKFISH!'''"
* CouchGag: In the first series, each episode starts with Paul Whitehouse as cabaret singer "Kenny Valentine" singing "Release Me" while something different happens to him, usually his face or body being distorted by visual effects. On one occasion he was even [[GenderBender briefly transformed into "Jenny Valentine"]].
* CountryMatters: "Country Matters" is the name of a farming programme whose hosts have unfortunately suggestive {{Verbal Tic}}s. The title is presumably not accidental.
* CowboyCop: Monkfish starts out as a parody of this trope, before (presumably due to "John Actor" being typecast) applying the same attitude to other jobs in other shows he appears in.
* CurseCutShort: The main joke in the sketches where Simon Day and Mark Williams play builders on a high-rise--all the sketches end on something like "And was he? Was he F-"
* DrinkingGame: Ted and his friends in the "Ted and Ralph" sketches have one which involves saying the name of a different vegetable before every word. See MoodWhiplash below.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Bob Fleming and friends perform [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhNXJGmcqNI The Wild Rover]].
* GratuitousEnglish and InherentlyFunnyWords - Channel 9, and Rowley Birkin QC ("Poisonous Monkeys!")
* HandsomeLech: The 13th Duke of Wybourne.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: In a documentary about the show, Harry Enfield acted as [[AdamWesting an exaggerated, bitter version of himself]] complaining about how "I CREATED THEM!!" and now ''The Fast Show'' is more popular than his own show.
* InsistentTerminology: Monkfish is ''always'' a "tough, uncompromising..." whatever occupation he's playing in his latest show, regardless of whether this makes sense or not.
* FanDumb: Invoked in the case of Archie the Pub Bore, specifically the Monomaniac variety. ''Every'' conversation he butts into he will ultimately turn into a lecture about Frank Sinatra.
* JizzedInMyPants: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZkBbIGwOjw Sorry, I've just cum]]
* JustLikeMakingLove: Swiss Toni delivering his catchphrase is very much like making love to a beautiful woman...
* LeFilmArtistique: Subverted to humourous effect in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4EjX_bywCU this clip]].
* LooksLikeOrlok: "Monster, monster!"
* LostInTransmission: About nine tenths of everything Rowley Birkin says, thanks to his [[TheUnintelligible half-sober mumbling]].
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: Most of the catchphrases were like this.
* MoodWhiplash: Quite frequent in some of the longer running sketches.
-->'''Ralph''': "[[DrinkingGame Tomato Ted, aubergine your potato wife's turnip dead]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGBTrCZObyA Sorry. I mean... tomato sorry]]."
-->'''Rowley Birkin''': "mumble mumble....she passed away in my arms...mumble mumble....I'm afraid I was very, very drunk." very much a departure from his other sketches which all ended comedically.
* MushroomSamba: The Offroaders, on a survival expedition, go half-arsed on the survival part and agree to a compromise by ordering a plain pizza but will top it with the wild mushrooms they have just found. Next time we see them, one of them is tripping out, referring to himself as "The Mushroom God".
* MyLocal: setting of many sketches, especially the Pub Bore.
* NarrationEcho: Done in a one-off documentary-style sketch with Arabella Weir as a marine biologist. After the narrator has echoed her a few times, they accidentally talk over each other and get into an argument where he starts insulting her.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Jazz Club features a Nigel Kennedy lookalike, and a character called Jeremy Kwee singing about chocolate on his Ferrari, who in no way resembles Jamiroquai.
** Jazz Club's host's voice was also inspired by that of radio DJ "Whistling" Bob Harris.
* NobleBigotWithABadge: Monkfish. Upon arriving at a crime scene, he tells the widow of the deceased to "put your knickers on and go make me a cup of tea!"
* NonSpecificallyForeign: Chanel 9
* OverlyLongGag:
** 'The Big Long Punch Up'
** One of the Ted & Ralph sketches involved a long shot of Ralph walking all the way from the house to the fence Ted's fixing... and then [[CannotSpitItOut standing there in awkward silence for a few seconds]], and walking back.
* PaintballEpisode: played for laughs as the Off-Roaders are supposed to be useless at all the extreme sports they try.
* TheParody: The films of GuyRitchie, such as ''{{Snatch}}'' ("It's a Right Royal Cockney Barrel of Monkeys"), the musical ''{{On The Town}}'' ("Shore Leave") and the classic movie ''Whiskey Galore'' ("Heroin Galore").
** The aforementioned Le Film Artistique entry is a parody of a similar scene from ''[[Film/{{Contempt}} Le Mepris]]''.
* PositiveDiscrimination: Subverted with the Insecure Woman, and an incomprehensible JiveTurkey.
* PromotedFanboy: JohnnyDepp appeared in one of the "Suit you, sir!" sketches. (If you want to do this, it helps to be JohnnyDepp.)
* {{Pun}}: "...which was Nice" became this when used to describe flying into a particular French airport.
* RealSongThemeTune: An instrumental version of "Release Me".
* RunningGag: Very many within the sketches, and also a few that crossed over between different ones, such as "Cheesey Peas" (which started out as 'an advertisement [[OopNorth for Northern types]] before getting a Chanel 9 version, a posh version, being mentioned in Brilliant Kid's rambling monologue, etc.)
* ShipTease: In the ''Fast Show Live'' with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4LOiTKwxSk Ted & Ralph]].
* SketchComedy
* SpinOff: Lots, though none have ever matched the popularity of the original.
** Ted and Ralph got their own one-off drama to wrap up loose ends (which also featured Rowley Birkin as a barrister).
** Swiss Toni got a short-lived sitcom on BBC 3 with Simon Day's alcoholic businessman character incorporated into his staff.
** Billy Bleach got his own show, ''Grass''.
** Brilliant Kid had a popular milk advertising campaign ("Int milk brilliant?!")
** The Suit You Sir tailors have advertised both Holsten Pils beer and the mobile phone store Phones 4U.
** Simon Day played a version of his 'Dave Angel, Eco-warrior' character (but without the costume) for a series of bookend idents for a power company sponsoring ITV Weather. Dave Angel and Billy Bleach both appeared on Day's 2011 radio sitcom ''The Simon Day Show''.
** Ron Manager and the other characters in his sketches hosted (in-character) a short-lived Sky One sports-themed PanelGame, ''Jumpers For Goalposts''.
** Insecure Woman became Jackie Payne, the heroine of Arabella Weir's novel ''Does My Bum Look Big In This?''
* TalksLikeASimile: Swiss Toni. Always the same simile, too:
--> '''Swiss Toni:''' Going to the brink of death and back, in a nine car pile-up on a dual carriageway, is very much like making love to a beautiful woman. First of all, brace yourself, hold on tight - particularly if it's a rear-ender. Pray you make contact with her twin airbags as soon as possible.
** Though when he had a nervous breakdown he descended into {{Metaphorgotten}}:
--> '''Swiss Toni:''' Answering the phone, Paul, is very much like making love to a beautiful woman. You...pick up...the receiver...speak loudly and clearly...oh, and always state your name...''(To himself)'' You're losing it, Toni...
* TeamDad: Parodied/exaggerated with Competitive Dad.
* TourettesShitcockSyndrome: Jed Thomas ARSE!
* WriteWhoYouKnow:
** Simon Day admits to basing "Competitive Dad" on a man he saw at a public swimming pool, who challenged his children to a race and then swam away at top speed leaving them to struggle behind him.
** This inspiration formed part of the very last Competitive Dad sketch, where we see a video recording of Competitive Dad's own father doing it to him as a child.
** Rowley Birkin QC was based on a similarly incomprehensible (English) person Paul Whitehouse met in Iceland - although his style also owes something to ventriloquist Ray Alan's puppet Lord Charles.
** One of Arabella Weir's characters is a woman who suggests something to a group of arguing men, only for them to totally ignore her and hear the suggestion [[GladIThoughtOfIt as though one of them had made it]]. This, as Whitehouse and Higson wryly realised on reading the first sketch, was her commentary on how they tended to treat her in script meetings.
** Insecure Woman was suggested to Weir by the others, based on herself.
** Swiss Toni was apparently based on several different real car salesmen.
** The Suit You Tailors were based on a real person, but oddly enough, a bank manager rather than a tailor.
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