Adam Buxton is hilarious. I know this. You, I hope, know this too.
But just in case you didn’t (or you’d forgotten), we thought we would take a whistle-stop tour through some of his online highlights to either remind you of his greatness or, if Buxton’s genius has somehow passed you by, introduce you to it.
Like by showing you this clip. Subtitles on Songs of Praise…
The Adam and Joe Show
It’s very possible that you know Adam best from the Adam and Joe Show – Channel 4’s cult comedy magazine show in which Buxton and Joe Cornish basically arsed around doing all the things you see on YouTube these days, but years before YouTube was even a thing.
Like making spoof animations using toys…
…or taking a pretty simple Star Wars gag and running with it (this sort of stuff makes up about 73 per cent of YouTube these days).
Adam and Joe also recorded arguably the greatest football song of all time.
There are loads of clips from the Adam and Joe Show online, so if these aren’t your cup of tea, then explore some more! Other video streaming providers are available.
Other television work
Among Buxton’s other television comedy work includes the 2007 BBC 2 show Time Trumpet, a satirical documentary set in 2031 in which comedians look back on the first few decades of the 21st century.
It was written by Armando Iannucci, and also featured Stewart Lee, Richard Ayoade and Mark Watson. Here’s an episode – enjoy!
Around the same time as Time Trumpet was the BBC Three sketch show Rush Hour. Undoubtedly, in our opinion, the highlight was the following sketch in which Buxton takes NWA’s F*ck the Police and makes it somewhat more palatable for his on-screen son. Lovely stuff.
According to Buxton’s website, BUG is a show featuring “a selection of the latest interesting, brilliant, strange and otherwise noteworthy music videos”. The show is usually performed every couple of months at the BFI Southbank in London, but has also toured. Special editions have focused on the music of Radiohead and David Bowie.
Buxton also produced a television version of BUG for Sky Atlantic – which is great, because it means you get to watch an episode now!
One of the regular features of the BUG TV series was a musical number, generally written by Buxton and then with an accompanying video by an insanely talented film maker. Here are three of the best, starting with the all-too-relatable Counting Song…
And if you never wanted to look at sushi in the same way again, well today’s your lucky day.
Oh, and here’s some top notch arty video pastiche…
And have you ever dreaded coming home from a holiday Adam’s got you covered.
Buxton has also, as you might expect, appeared on many comedy pane shows. Most notably, perhaps, 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
As host of the latter, he challenged contestants to count the number of Moby’s in this video.
Buxton has made a bit of anime for himself as the master of the YouTube comment. Not making them, but reading them out. Sounds boring right? Well, here he is doing it during a BUG show.
And here, on Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
And finally, on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
We hope you enjoyed our round-up of Buxton highlights. Please, do visit his site where you can find out about his upcoming gigs.
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