Rare Early Footage From Rowan Atkinson, Michael Palin & Others To Be Released As Part Of Oxford Comedy Archive

By DA Staff 3 July 2024 2 mins read

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An archive of previously unseen early performances by the likes of Rowan Atkinson, Michael Palin, Stewart Lee and Richard Herring is set to be released as part of a new online comedy museum, reports UK comedy news website Chortle. Aiming to offer a definitive history of comedy at Oxford—known for producing some of the UK’s biggest comedy stars—the Oxford Comedy Archive has been put together by theatre collective Rain Stops Play Productions in collaboration with student comedy group the Oxford Revue.

The archive includes clips such as the 1958 Edinburgh Fringe show All For Money—featuring the earliest recorded comedy performance by Bedazzled star Dudley Moore—as well as a 1978 Richard Curtis sketch that became the prototype for iconic period comedy series Blackadder. There are also a number of performances by Mr. Bean star Rowan Atkinson, as well as Monty Python’s Michael Palin.

The archive will also provide a thoroughly detailed account of Oxford’s contribution to British comedy, alongside 11 hours of exclusive audio interviews with comdians like Atkinson and Palin.

The Oxford Comedy Archive will be launched on July 18, and will be available at


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