March 16, 2003

Phonetic Punctuation and other great sketches by Victor Borge

I came across this sound clip the other day by the late Victor Borge (possibly Denmark's most famous comedian) which really deserves a wider audience.

The "Phonetic Punctuation System" sketch (see below) is a piece in Victor Borge's stage show based around the idea of verbalizing the punctuation marks in the English Language. Applying this system to a narrated short story produces one of the all-time funniest moments in comedy for me.

Victor Borge also invented the inflationary language - where numbers hidden in the language (like wonderful) become inflated (twoderful).

It was great to hear these sketchs again, although you really need to see the full versions on the videos for maximum enjoyment.

Enjoy.

Website: A Tribute to Victor Borge
http://www.kor.dk/borge/borge.htm

A condensed version of the "Phonetic Punctuation" sketch (require Real Player)
http://www.kor.dk/borge/puncsyst.ram

Performing "Happy Birthday" in the style of .... (require Real Player)
http://www.kor.dk/borge/happy90.ram

A Story using Victor Borge's Inflationary Language
http://www.kor.dk/borge/b-story-1.htm

My weblog - Inflated
http://www.kor.dk/borge/inflate.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thearchitect.co.uk%2Fweblog%2F&text=&style=right

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Comments
Great to come across those Victor Borge clips; must be years since I first heard "Phonetic Punctuation". Very, very funny. Andy http://www.lakedistrictdesktops.com/ Posted by: Andy Bannister on December 2, 2003 10:38 AM