The Nazis

March 24, 2009

Followers of the Trev and Simon Podcast may have noticed that we can go on a bit about the Nazis- although they go unmentioned in our latest, Podcast No.3, found here. We don’t like them, and anyone who does is nuts. I guess we were born into a generation that started to mock them in an attempt to remove them of any credibility whatsoever. I would have been quite happy to blame John Cleese and his “don’t mention the war” for my interest. And who else in the world of comedy has had a go at the goose-stepping fools? Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks, Roberto Begnini, Freddie Starr, Dan Ayckroyd, John Belushi, Steven Spielberg, Spike Milligan. Oh, any comedian, film maker, comic strip writer. They’re all to blame for putting the Nazis into my comedy consciousness.

Except they’re not. It seems they’ve been on my mind since my schooldays. I blame the teachers. And why only a B+?

nazi-sketches

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4 Responses to “The Nazis”

  1. Trevor Neal said

    I’ve never seen your Nazi sketches before. They’re really good. I like the way you’ve contained them in their own pencil prison camp so they can’t escape. So you blame the teachers…did your “school” have a very distinctive crest and did the headmaster have a small black moustache, by any chance?

  2. Simon said

    On your general officer drawing… was he an officer who had no particular role and so just a ‘general’ officer? Or does your annotation suggest he was general who therefore by default was an officer?

    When did they ‘sit’ for you? (By sit of course I mean stand but you understand the term ‘sit’).

  3. Simon Hickson said

    it’s such a long time ago, but I will try to answer your questions. Yes, my school did have a distinctive crest Trev- a mod bullseye! And the headmaster was Ron from Sparks. As to the general officer thing and the sitting, I’m going to have to disappoint you and say I copied them out of a book… and no, not Mein Kampf!

  4. Simon said

    I was going to add that your boyish good (Arian) looks would, I imagine, have given you exclusive access over the other students and hence the intimite art session.

    But of course as they didn’t actually let you draw them, none of that applys. Hi Trev.

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