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There's a whole section on the website about this but I just thought I'd add a few of my own findings.

In at least three Goodies episodes, Bill Oddie bursts into a Robert Newton impersonation, mostly while stood on one leg. The episodes I can remember offhand are Goodies at the Movies (where as Director #3 he yells through a megaphone "Quiet on the set, splice the mainsail, shiver me timbers!"), Punky Business (where he comes on dressed as a pirate complete with missing leg to claim the hand of the lovely Caroline Kook in marriage "Arr, it be my leg, arrr, that it be!") and....... I can't remember. I know it's a series 3 episode. Not The Lost Tribe of the Orinoco... the other one....!!!

Also, Tony Hanc0ck was quite a good Robert Newton impersonator. He was a huge fan of Newton, looked very much like him, and cited him as being one of his biggest inspirations in acting. There are several episodes of his television series (Hanc0ck's Half Hour) where he dives right into Robert Newton impersonations, even giving him credit for his pirate voice. For example, in one episode, he decides that he wants to be given a knighthood for his services to theatre, and so embarks on a three-month stint at Cheam Theatre starring in Hamlet, Richard III and The Tempest - in the style of Robert Newton "To be, arrr, not to be... arrrr... that be the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune... Jim lad...!" - absolute genius. Also in one of the episodes (The Bowmans - a complete spoof of long-running British radio soap opera, The Archers), he plays a character called Joshua Merryweather. Tony gets sacked from his job and one of the reasons is that his accent (West Country dialect) is completely bizarre "We've had Welsh, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cornish - and last week I could swear there was a bit of Robert Newton in there!!!"

I don't have any clips to hand of these scenes but they're all readily available on YouTube and I shall add these as and when I find them.

Has anyone else come across any Newton tributes/impersonations while quietly watching/reading something completely unrelated to Bobbie?

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Has anyone else come across any Newton tributes/impersonations while quietly watching/reading something completely unrelated to Bobbie?



Yeah. I've been watching a lot of politics lately; mostly MSNBC. Keith Olberman, in his "Countdown" program, does a credible Long John, complete with a bunch of "Arrrr"s emoticon

Problem is that he does it when he imitates one or several of his "Worst Persons in the World" emoticon

I'll have to pay closer attention and let y'all know who he is attributing with this pirate voice.

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I'll have to pay closer attention and let y'all know who he is attributing with this pirate voice.

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Keith Olberman did it again today. His "Worst Person in the World" today was "Arrrr" Rupert Murdoch.

Since I don't know who Rupert Murdoch is, other than some old dude Olberman enjoys making fun of, I have no idea how close the impersonation is.

I haven't quite made up my mind whether it is a tribute to Bobbie/Long John or an insult, or a combination of both.

Countdown can be seen on MSNBC at 8pm Eastern weekdays, and is replayed at 10pm and 2am. It is pretty funny. Olberman is also one of the regular MSNBC anchors during election returns.

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I'll have to pay closer attention and let y'all know who he is attributing with this pirate voice.

Eva



Keith Olberman did it again today. His "Worst Person in the World" today was "Arrrr" Rupert Murdoch.

Since I don't know who Rupert Murdoch is, other than some old dude Olberman enjoys making fun of, I have no idea how close the impersonation is.

I haven't quite made up my mind whether it is a tribute to Bobbie/Long John or an insult, or a combination of both.

Countdown can be seen on MSNBC at 8pm Eastern weekdays, and is replayed at 10pm and 2am. It is pretty funny. Olberman is also one of the regular MSNBC anchors during election returns.

Eva




Eva, good to have you back again! (Or have you just been lurking all this time?)

OMG, don't tell me I'm gonna have to go back to watching Keith Olbermann again ... I watched him religiously for about a year, and, after he was declared the sixth most popular news personality, it all seemed to go to his head, and I swore him off. (It's fine for him to be biased toward the left, but I couldn't abide the way he was biased against Hillary ... talk about splitting the party. It's pundits like him who turned me against Obama. But enough politics ... I also started getting annoyed with his choices for Worst Person in the World when he had such success vowing to keep declaring Wal-Mart Worst Persons until they caved under the pressure ... and then proceeded to use his powers against anyone he disagreed with ... e.g., the woman who wouldn't allow the atheist to speak at a schoolboard meeting, forcing her to apologize, following which the atheist did something just as egregious and was forced to apologize to her.) I must say, I've been feeling much less stressed out over the political scene since I stopped watching him. So now you're telling me I have to start again? I don't think I ever heard him do a LJS impression when I was watching ... I think I'll just have to take your word for it!

Oh, and to answer your question, he really means it when he declares someone "Worst Person." Rupert Murdoch is some Australian media mogul who bought up all the respectable newspapers in England and turned them into tabloids and is proceeding to do the same thing in the U.S. I think he recently bought the Wall Street Journal. He also owns Fox News.

BTW, another celebrity who pays *very* frequent homage to Robert Newton, although he doesn't seem to realize it, is Craig Ferguson (of the "Late, Late" show on CBS). He absolutely loves talking like a pirate whenever possible. They even have a pirate animation they use on the show when he reads viewer e-mails, with him "arrr"-ing up a storm in the theme song. I say he doesn't realize it because he once attempted to explain pirate dialect by saying that all it is is a Somerset accent because everyone from Somerset talks like a pirate. (No mention of Robert Newton being the first to use it in a film or anything like that. Maybe I should write to him and set him straight!) Now his show I don't mind watching religiously ... although his jokes have started getting tediously predictable lately! Arrr, more pirates, I say!!!

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<snip> but I couldn't abide the way he was biased against Hillary ... <snip>
 



Hillary was the one who turned ME against Hillary; early in the primaries! Typical politician, using ANY weapon to get sympathy! Such as "boo-hoo; the mean black man is beating up on a poor weak woman!" or "The White House is mine! MINE!!! MINE!!!"

I don't usually air my political views, but I sure didn't want THAT in the White House!!! Speak of dishonest politicians!

Not that the rest of the lot are much better! Arrgh!

Now back to watching my most recent hero, Chris Cary (of Garrison's Gorillas, among other things)

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Well, Edwards was my pick. I fell back on Hillary when he dropped out as she's done a fine job as Senator for my state. But by that point, I'd heard everyone's positions on the issues in the debates (and I think she has the better health-care plan, which she's been working on for a long time and is important to me). And I never heard Hillary herself taking that tone ... although a lot of the pundits like to make fun of her. (If you don't believe there's been any kind of bias against her, check out this "Daily Show" montage: http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=171493&title=sexism ... scary!) What I didn't like was Keith Olbermann taking such obvious sides--it was OK to criticize every misstep she made while anybody who dared speak against Holy St. Barack got a pointed diatribe directed at them. He did it one too many times, and I finally changed the channel and have been watching Anderson Cooper ever since because, instead of one expert who already agrees with the host, Anderson always invites a panel of people from both sides and lets the audience make up their minds. (Like I said though, I really liked Keith up till then. And don't get me started on what the media did to John Edwards! emoticon)

Anyway, sorry for the digression ... Back to our regularly scheduled topic, I hope. (If you really want to continue this, we could move over to "Off-topic chit-chat." But maybe it's better we don't talk politics!)

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Ha-harrr, lookee, mateys, what I just found ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hybUjvc49I0

Keith Moon doing his Robert Newton impression in the movie Sextette! (The video shows pretty much his whole performance in the movie ... the Robert Newton part is only for a few seconds, around 1:30, arrrrrrr ...)

(OMG, Keith Moon and Timothy Dalton together in the same scene? I gotta get a hold of this movie, awful as it's said to be!)

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Really, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr's moments in the film are the only redeeming features. It's an absolutely abomnible film!!! I promise you, this bit with Keith Moon in is the only bit you need to see. I can't tell you how awful it is!!!

But yes I LOVE the "real gold, Spanish gold, this is the real stuff this is - ah-harrrrr!!!!!" bit... so wonderfully Keithish.

I bet he got a real kick out of the fact he was playing a gay character called Roger...!!!!

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I bet he got a real kick out of the fact he was playing a gay character called Roger...!!!!



LOL ... didn't notice that till you mentioned it.

Glad I'm not missing much. Have you read this review? It's probably far more entertaining than the movie itself. But you've gotta admit ... Timothy Dalton: best Mr. Rochester ever! *sigh* (At any rate, he's awfully nice to look at.)

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Yesterday, Monday July 28, 2008, Saratoga race course:

The winner of the second race was named "Arrrrr"! emoticon

Arrrrr paid $11.40 to win, $6.50 to place, and $3.20 to show.

Keith Olberman of MSNBC's "Countdown" showed the finish of the race today, and so did my local 11 o'clock news. Got it on my hard drive emoticon I'll have to do a couple of snappys of Arrrrr for y'all. Maybe by tomorrow.

Eva

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