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You know the sort of people who want to know what ''The Mary Whitehouse Experience'' was? That's you that is.

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* BreakupBreakout: Baddiel and Newman went on to become comic superstars, regularly filling ten thousand seater venues and being treated like rock royalty. Punt and Dennis fell into relative obscurity, although these days Hugh Dennis is a star of several comedy sitcom series. Rob Newman has retired from comedy and Steve Punt makes a living, out of the direct limelight, doing commercial voiceovers.[[note]]Since 2002, Punt and Dennis are back together again on topical comedy show ''Radio/TheNowShow''[[/note]]


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* {{Fetish}}: Hugh Dennis's character Mr Strange has an unhealthy obsession with milk that's gone off, leading to lots of PervertedSniffing.



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* TheUnsolvedMystery: The tie-in book mentioned a piece of graffiti above an incredibly busy main road in London stating "M. Khan is bent." and wondered who precisely M Khan was. Two things about this particularly intrigued the team: 1) Why "M. Khan" was being so formally identified and 2) Why the "M. Khan" himself never complained despite the length of time the graffiti was up for.


* BreakupBreakout: Baddiel and Newman went on to become comic superstars, regularly filling ten thousand seater venues and being treated like rock royalty. Punt and Dennis fell into relative obscurity, although these days Hugh Dennis is a star of several comedy sitcom series. Rob Newman has retired from comedy and Steve Punt makes a living, out of the direct limelight, doing commercial voiceovers.[[note]]In December 2016, Punt and Dennis are back together again on topical comedy show ''Radio/TheNowShow''[[/note]]

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* BreakupBreakout: Baddiel and Newman went on to become comic superstars, regularly filling ten thousand seater venues and being treated like rock royalty. Punt and Dennis fell into relative obscurity, although these days Hugh Dennis is a star of several comedy sitcom series. Rob Newman has retired from comedy and Steve Punt makes a living, out of the direct limelight, doing commercial voiceovers.[[note]]In December 2016, [[note]]Since 2002, Punt and Dennis are back together again on topical comedy show ''Radio/TheNowShow''[[/note]]


* BritishNewspapers: "How's your son Nigel, twenty six?" "Oh, he's 'To Wed'"


* BreakupBreakout: Baddiel and Newman went on to become comic superstars, regularly filling ten thousand seater venues and being treated like rock royalty. Punt and Dennis fell into relative obscurity, although these days Hugh Dennis is a star of several comedy sitcom series. Rob Newman has retired from comedy and Steve Punt makes a living, out of the direct limelight, doing commercial voiceovers.[[note]]In December 2016, punt and Dennis are back together again on topical comedy show ''Radio/TheNowShow''[[/note]]

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* BreakupBreakout: Baddiel and Newman went on to become comic superstars, regularly filling ten thousand seater venues and being treated like rock royalty. Punt and Dennis fell into relative obscurity, although these days Hugh Dennis is a star of several comedy sitcom series. Rob Newman has retired from comedy and Steve Punt makes a living, out of the direct limelight, doing commercial voiceovers.[[note]]In December 2016, punt Punt and Dennis are back together again on topical comedy show ''Radio/TheNowShow''[[/note]]


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* ImprobablePilotingSkills: The team subverted this trope. A sketch noted that as the skills required to pilot a modern jet fighter in combat were converging more and more with those necessary to succeed in air-fighting computer games, the next generation of RAF aces were not going to be craggy manly ''Literature/{{Biggles}}'' types. Oh, no. A sketch followed through the recruitment and training of UpToEleven spotty, geeky, teenage nerds into the Royal Air Force (played by Baddiel and Punt), who all became fighter aces in an unspecified war somewhere.


* BreakupBreakout: Baddiel and Newman went on to become comic superstars, regularly filling ten thousand seater venues and being treated like rock royalty. Punt and Dennis fell into relative obscurity, although these days Hugh Dennis is a star of several comedy sitcom series. Rob Newman has retired from comedy and Steve Punt makes a living, out of the direct limelight, doing commercial voiceovers.

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* BreakupBreakout: Baddiel and Newman went on to become comic superstars, regularly filling ten thousand seater venues and being treated like rock royalty. Punt and Dennis fell into relative obscurity, although these days Hugh Dennis is a star of several comedy sitcom series. Rob Newman has retired from comedy and Steve Punt makes a living, out of the direct limelight, doing commercial voiceovers.[[note]]In December 2016, punt and Dennis are back together again on topical comedy show ''Radio/TheNowShow''[[/note]]


* {{Jerkass}}: Baddiel told an newspaper interviewer that he finally fell out with Newman after doing a similar joke to him on tour and Newman aggressively calling him a "cunt" for doing so. Sean Hughes also told ''100 Greatest Stand Ups'' about how he's an anti-capitalist who berates friends for owning cars, and adding as an afterthought "move to China ya cunt!"

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* BreakupBreakout: Baddiel and Newman went on to become comic superstars, regularly filling ten thousand seater venues and being treated like rock royalty. Punt and Dennis fell into relative obscurity, although these days Hugh Dennis is a star of several comedy sitcom series. Rob Newman has retired from comedy and Steve Punt makes a living, out of the direct limelight, doing commercial voiceovers.


* LighterAndSofter: Parodied. Goth band TheCure's attempts to go in this direction were parodied by Rob Newman who would portray lead singer Robert Smith singing novelty songs (such as "The Sun Has Got Its Hat On") in the same doom laden style as he always has done.

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* LighterAndSofter: Parodied. Goth band TheCure's Music/TheCure's attempts to go in this direction were parodied by Rob Newman who would portray lead singer Robert Smith singing novelty songs (such as "The Sun Has Got Its Hat On") in the same doom laden style as he always has done.


* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Hugh Dennis plays the embarrassing dad: "Hey what's this? It's got a good a beat!"

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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Hugh Dennis plays the embarrassing dad: "Hey what's this? It's got a good a beat!"

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You know the sort of people who want to know what ''The Mary Whitehouse Experience'' was? That's you that is.

''The Mary Whitehouse Experience'' was a British SketchComedy that ran on TV and radio in the late 1980s and early 1990s, named of course after the famous MoralGuardian. The format consisted of a number of sketches called 'The ''Something'' Experience' (for example, The Family Experience) and would feature one the performers making comments about a subject before cutting to a sketch revolving around the subject. Frequently, no attempt was made to disguise the studio nature of the show and props and costumes tended to be minimal. The team consisted of two writer performer duos, Rob Newman & David Baddiel (whose material tended to be about up to the minute trendy indie bands) and Stephen Punt & Hugh Dennis (whose material tended towards more mundane observational comedy). Newman and Dennis tended to be the more surreal and bizarre performers, while Baddiel and Punt acted as their StraightMan.

Frequently occurring characters included Hugh Dennis's 'Mr Milky' (a weirdo with a strange fascination for past its sell-by-date milk), Rob Newman's Ray who is permanently stuck in SarcasmMode (except when he's actually being sarcastic) and the History Today professors (two old men who trade YourMom type insults).

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* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Hugh Dennis plays the embarrassing dad: "Hey what's this? It's got a good a beat!"
* BritishBrevity: The TV show ran for only two series.
* BritishNewspapers: "How's your son Nigel, twenty six?" "Oh, he's 'To Wed'"
* BrickJoke: Often used. For example 'The Telephone Experience' began with two kids making prank calls to people with strange surnames. After a few other sketches, Steve Punt came on to wonder what the very first telephone conversation was. We then cut back to the same two kids mocking Alexander Graham Bell.
-->"Is that a Bell? Can I hear a Bell? Well you'd better answer the door."
* CatchPhrase: Ray's "Oh no what a personal disaster." (said in a very sarcastic tone of voice obviously) as well as "That's you that is."
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Rob Newman's impression of Shaw Taylor's TV appeals for witnesses to crimes: "A bomber jacket style bomber jacket".
* {{Jerkass}}: Baddiel told an newspaper interviewer that he finally fell out with Newman after doing a similar joke to him on tour and Newman aggressively calling him a "cunt" for doing so. Sean Hughes also told ''100 Greatest Stand Ups'' about how he's an anti-capitalist who berates friends for owning cars, and adding as an afterthought "move to China ya cunt!"
* LighterAndSofter: Parodied. Goth band TheCure's attempts to go in this direction were parodied by Rob Newman who would portray lead singer Robert Smith singing novelty songs (such as "The Sun Has Got Its Hat On") in the same doom laden style as he always has done.
* MrFanservice: Rob Newman
* SpecialGuest: Robert Smith!
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Radio/TheNowShow'' for Punt and Dennis's take on current events.
* TakeThat: Frequent, including the very title of the show.
* UnpluggedVersion: A nice in-universe invocation. ''Newman and Baddiel In Pieces'' had a series of sketches in which they would pretend to be a techno or synthpop band doing an Unplugged concert. They'd come on, shout the line from the band's big hit, and then shuffle off again in embarrassment.

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