I was noticing the other week that Isaac referred to some past golden age “when I were a lad”.
I asked him if he knew where the expression came from. He didn’t.
Where it comes from (at least in our house) is the Four Yorkshiremen sketch, which has been adopted by Monty Python, but in fact pre-dates it. It was originally performed on At Last The 1948 Show, by Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Marty Feldman.
Here’s the video… I showed it to Isaac, and he laughed his head off. Enjoy.
5 replies on “When I were a lad”
I’ve not seen the vid, but that is the one I have heard.
Thanks for that. Always thought it was Monty Python. Whenever I tell my kids how lucky they are, they always breakout in the Yorkshiremen sketch to shut me up.
One of my favourites and is regularly quoted whenever my eleven year old starts to whinge.
That was just wonderful. I’ve never seen Marty Feldman do stuff like that and it was a pure delight.
As I recall, what they actually say sounds more like When I wer’t’lad.