Stage revue show written by and (originally) starring two Cambridge grads, Peter Cook and Jonathan Miller and two Oxford grads, Creator/DudleyMoore and Alan Bennett. Debuted at the Edinburgh Festival in the Summer of 1960 and later enjoyed long runs in the West End and Broadway. Considered the [[TheBeachBoys Pet Sounds]] to the Creator/MontyPython's [[Music/TheBeatles Sgt. Pepper]] (interestingly a [[{{Sampling}} sample]] from a recording of the show was used on the Sgt. Pepper album) and the emergence of the modern BritishComedy movement of the [[TheSixties 1960s]].
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!!''Beyond The Fringe'' provides examples of:
* AfterTheEnd: In "Civil War", a heckler (Moore) asks when public transport services will resume following a nuclear holocaust. [[spoiler:(As soon as possible, but it will be a skeleton service.)]]
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: "Die Flabbergast" and "The Weill Song", both parody/pastiche songs (of Schubert and Weill respectively) in mock-German.
* TheBritishInvasion: made its US debut a good two years before Music/TheBeatles jumped the pond. Also made its US debut in Washington, DC with President Kennedy and his wife Jackie attending.
* CampGay: "Bollard" features three of them, having a discussion before adopting butch personas for a cigarette advertisement.
* CutSong: Quite a few sketches were tried out and dropped in the pre-West End test runs. Some of them were taped and can be found on the ''Cambridge Arts Centre'' CD.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There's CD available recorded during the pre-West End tour when they were still knocking the material into shape. It's very strange to hear some of the sketches still lacking their most famous lines.
* TheEndIsNigh: the closing sketch features a doomsday cult waiting for the end of the world. [[spoiler: It doesn't come.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: They got the parody of Prime Minister Harold [=MacMillan=] past the censor by simply not naming him in the script. Once Peter Cook put on the voice, everybody got it.
* InformedJudaism: Played straight in "Real Class":
-->'''Alan Bennett''': Well, I...I suppose we are working-class. But, eh...I wonder how many of these people have realised that Jonathan Miller's a Jew?
-->'''Dudley Moore''': I suppose he gets away with it because of his ginger hair, actually.
-->'''Alan Bennett''': I'd rather be working-class than be a Jew.
-->'''Dudley Moore''': Oh, anyday. But think of the awful situation if you were...working-class, ''and'' a Jew?
-->'''Alan Bennett''': There's always somebody worse off than yourself.
-->'''Jonathan Miller''': In fact, I'm not really a Jew. Just Jew-''ish''. Not the whole hog, you know.
* LiteralMinded / MathematiciansAnswer: The policeman in "The Great Train Robbery".
* MusicalPastiche: All of Dudley Moore's piano solos are this, the targets being Schubert, Benjamin Britten, Beethoven and (in the 1964 update) Kurt Weill.
* NonIndicativeTitle: the sketch "The Heat Death of the Universe" is actually a whimsical monologue about trousers and nothing whatsoever to do with entropy.
* OverlyLongGag: the coda of Dudley Moore's piano solo "And The Same To You" (basically, the "Colonel Bogey March" is the style of Beethoven, with EndingFatigue played for laughs) is a classic example. Peter Cook's "Sitting on the Bench" monologue sometimes got into this too: "Oh look, a lump of coal!".
* {{Pastiche}}: of war movies, Shakespeare, and religious TV shows.
* RuleOfThree: "Aftermyth of War" has Peter Cook's suburban gardener character pop up three times and deliver variations of the same speech each time.
* {{Satire}}: it was credited with starting a "satire boom".
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: One sketch is about a man who has been to see an unnamed theatre show nearly 500 times, because he'd heard a rumour that members of the royal family were going to attend... someday.
* ShoutOutToShakespeare: "So That's The Way You Like It" is a spectacular pastiche of all the most notorious cliches.
* SketchComedy
* SorryBillyButYouJustDontHaveLegs: The actor auditioning for the role of {{Tarzan}} in "One Leg Too Few".
* {{Spoonerism}}: As delivered by Miller's vicar: "The apostles of old were rough, toothless... er, tough, ruthless..."
* StiffUpperLip: "Aftermyth of War" parodies the use of this tropes in war films.
* TitleConfusion: Most references to the show assume it debuted on the Edinburgh Fringe. In fact, it was part of the main Arts Festival and the title (a minor bit of ExecutiveMeddling) was intended to imply it went beyond what the Fringe was capable of.
* TheVicar: a traditional one portrayed by Alan Bennett and a modernising one played by Jonathan Miller.
-->'''Jonathan Miller''': Please, don't call me Richard, call me Dick, because [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar that's the kind of vicar I am]].
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