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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 Chanel 9 called "MOOOOOOOOOOOONKFISSSSSCH!".
* AffablyEvil: Chris, the Crafty Cockney.
* 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.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Ron Manager (and Tommy too)
** In one sketch, Ron starts rambling on about BSE (Mad Cow Disease), and eventually ends up telling us that parts of the dead cows are used in the cosmetics industry.
--->'''Ron''': ... which is another good reason not to kiss girls!
** Ron and Tommy have also spent discussing which football players are the most attractive (and which ones used to be but have lost it now).
* AnnoyingLaugh: Arthur Atkinson has an incredibly annoying laugh.
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: Parodied in a set of sketches where a criminal played by Mark Williams is subjected to PerpSweating with no success, only for a [[Creator/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 Chanel 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 Chanel 9 (only identified as 'Repubblica') was eventually shown to be one, complete with a dictator known only as El Presidenté.
* BerserkButton: Johnny Nice Painter is a perfectly harmless man painting watercolours (and apparently narrating what he's doing 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.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ralph is a very nice, calm person, but he will snap and yell at anyone who insults Ted.
** A good example of this is when Ralph is out shooting in the grounds with Clive, a fellow landowner. Clive keeps insulting Ted (including picking on him for being Irish and expecting him to do menial jobs like cleaning his shoes), and Ralph visibly gets more and more tense and irritated, before finally snapping:
---> '''Ralph''' (Screaming and grabbing Clive's jacket): LEAVE HIM ALONE! LEAVE! HIM! ALONE!
* BiTheWay: Ted. He is happily married to his wife, but seems to reciprocate Ralphís feelings towards him.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: The entire premise of 'Cheezy Peaz' - "They're a combination of cheese and peas to form Cheezy Peaz!"
* 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 elected 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.
* 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''': "Gripped." "Sorted." "Let's off-road!"
** '''Billy Bleach''': "There's someone sitting there, mate."
** '''Chanel 9''': "Bono estente" ''('Hello', literally 'good existence')'', "[[UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Boutros-Boutros Ghali]]" ''(Goodbye'', among other things), "Ethethethetheth, ethethetheth" ''(shoo)'', "Svinky Pinky" ''(a casual greeting)'', "Chris Waddle" ''('Don't know')'' and "Scorchio" ''(more than 40°C)''. The commercial breaks included "(insert function here) Gizmo" and "Action Pumpo".
** '''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?"
** '''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? Small 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!"
** '''Arthur Atkinson:''' "Have you seen it? Have ''you'' seen it? Where's me washboard? How queer!"
** '''Archie''': "...hardest game in the world." and "Thirty years, man and boy."
** '''Ted and Ralph:''' Sort of; while the storyline was a lot more naturalistic and down-to-earth than most of the other characters, and based less on catch-phrases, several of Ralph's fumbling and awkward encounters with Ted would inevitably end with one or the other babbling or muttering something about "the drainage in the lower field".
*** Most of the catchphrases were played with in the final episode, e.g "... which is a shame."
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: The use of this trope by ''{{Series/Taggart}}'' (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!'''"
* ChewToy: In the Arthur Atkinson sketches, his sidekick Chester Drawers spends the whole time getting injured by Arthur and generally treated like crap. In The Fast Show Live, he finally snaps:
--> '''Arthur''': (To audience) Eh? Have you seen it? Have you seen it? Have you seen it?
-->(Chester comes up behind him as Arthur continues to ask the question.)
--> '''Chester''': (Smashing a washboard over Arthur's head) There's your FUCKING washboard!
* 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--"
** Billy Bleach was talking about people he knew with parents of different nationalities and how that affected their personalities. He concluded with a man whose mother was French and whose father was French. "He's a c--"
* 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.
* EasternEuropeanAnimation: Spoofed by Chanel 9's strange and sadistic [[MediumBlending cartoon]] "Willy Ton Bastardo".
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: Bob Fleming and friends perform [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhNXJGmcqNI The Wild Rover]].
* ExtremeDoormat: Played with with Indecisive Dave. He tries to have opinions about the topic du jour whilst talking with his mates in the pub, but refuses to disagree with any of them for fear of offending. As a result he fails to come to a conclusion about anything and lives his life in a state or perpetual bewilderment
* 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.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In the Dave Angel sketches, Shirley is often doing the exact thing Dave is warning against in the background whilst he is talking to the camera e.g. When Dave is warning against using aerosols, Shirley can be seen using an aerosol in the background.
* GratuitousEnglish and InherentlyFunnyWords - Channel 9, and Rowley Birkin QC ("Poisonous Monkeys!")
* HandsomeLech: The 13th Duke of Wybourne.
* HollywoodTourettes: Jed Thomas ARSE!
* ICouldaBeenAContender: In a documentary about the show, Harry Enfield played [[AdamWesting an exaggerated, bitter version of himself]], complaining about how "I CREATED THEM!!" and ''The Fast Show'' now being 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.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Used in a sketch parodying Film/ForrestGump. This sketch is trailer for a fictional film about 'a cute disabled man', called ''Cute Disabled Man''. It won an award for 'best portrayal of a disabled man by a fit and healthy young actor who wants to win an Oscar'.
* {{Jerkass}}: Arthur Atkinson, both in and out of character.
* 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 humorous 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.
* MoodDissonance: The "Rowley Birkin QC" monologues are generally unintelligible but very funny anecdotes. One, however, seems to be about a woman he was in love with during [=WW2=], and who apparently died. The whole scene is melancholy, and the final line "I held her in my arms... (long pause)... I'm afraid I was very drunk." is unutterably sad.
* 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 comically.
* 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 "Whispering" 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 Creator/GuyRitchie, such as ''Film/{{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.
* {{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 'Cheezy Peaz' (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]].
* SirSwearsALot: Shane, one of the guests on ''That's Amazing!'', has a genuinely interesting story, but he canít stop swearing long enough to tell Carl about it.
-->'''Carl''': Tell the people what happened next.
-->'''Shane''': Well, shit, Carl, it was the weirdest thing--
-->'''Carl''': Whoa, mate. You Canít swear.
-->'''Shane''': Sorry, mate, I got a bit carried away.
-->'''Carl''': Donít worry. Just roar off. Away you go.
-->'''Shane''': Well, as I was saying, I was cleaning my pool, when ripples started appearing on the water. Next thing I knew was this rumbling sound. It sounded like a train. Then, fuck me, there was a fucking great roar! The fucking ground started shaking like a fucking roller coaster! The fucking wife shouted out the fucking window, ďWhat the fuckís going on?Ē
-->'''Carl''': Shane, Shane, what are you doing, mate? You canít swear. You keep swearing!
-->'''Shane''': Sorry, mate. Itís force of habit. It was a pretty frightening experience. I fucking shit meself.
* SketchComedy
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: In the later Arthur Atkinson sketch "[[AwfulBritishSexComedy Confessions of a Cucumber Salesman]]," a door-to-door cucumber salesman offers a sexy woman his produce. When the woman turns and bends over to pick up her dog, showing off her rear, the salesman tilts the cucumber in his hand until it points straight upwards (complete with "boing" sound effect).
* 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?''
* StickyFingers: Chris the Crafty Cockney, who constantly reminds people that he's 'a geezer' and will 'nick anything'. Due to his upfront nature, a lot of people don't believe him, only for him to immediately steal their belongings and run off with them. One sketch implies that he really is a kleptomaniac - his friend asks him to watch his stall for him, and, despite Chris telling him repeatedly that their friendship won't stop him stealing his stuff, he leaves Chris their unattended. Sure enough, Chris steals his money, but he doesn't look happy as he does so.
* 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.
* ThatSyncingFeeling: When Arthur Atkinson appears in a 1950s film (which Tommy Cockles describes as a decade when films were interrupted by 'pointless song and dance numbers that added nothing to the story'), Tommy Cockles explains that, as Arthur couldn't sing, he was made to mime to a popular singer at the time. Cue Arthur miming horrendously to a voice that sounds nothing like his own, and tap-dancing on the grass.
* VomitDiscretionShot: When the Offroaders go on a Survival Expedition, they end up eating mushrooms that are probably toxic, judging by the way Simon is tripping and calling himself the Mushroom God. In the background, Lyndsay is doubling over, and the sound of him retching can be heard.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Part 2 of the Last Fast Show Ever special features four of the cast playing annoying young people in a Cheezy Peaz advert. At the end of the episode, we see them again, and it is obvious the Cheezy Peaz has done something to them, because one of them is crying, one keeps rushing out of the room to vomit, and another is doubled over puking in full view.
* WaxingLyrical:
** A favourite of Ron Manager (and occasionally Tommy).
** Colin Hunt spends an entire sketch doing this, and manages to get two of his colleagues doing it too (the other just gets more and more pissed off).
* WhatYearIsThis: This is spoofed in ''The Last Fast Show Ever'' with a recurring character wearing a space suit running into random places and yelling "Where I am? What year is it? Who's the president?", but running away again before he can get a reply.
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