Funz & Gamez



Phil Ellis


Jim the Elf (James Meehan)

Bonzo the Dog (Will Duggan)

Uncle Mick (Mick Ferry)

Cleaner (Janice Connolly)


As part of BBC Comedy Feeds 2015: BBC Three, 22 September 2015


The billing: "Lots of happy families join Phil and his gang in a series of simple but somewhat twisted games and challenges."

Based on the Edinburgh Festival show, Funz and Gamez comprised family games with something very dark just below the surface.

For example, a child was invited to choose whether to gunge mummy or daddy; he'd get a prize for gunging just one. Both parents pleaded for why they should be spared, and why the other should get a dollop of BBC gunge.

Gunge mummy? Gunge daddy? You can't gunge both.

For older viewers, there's a lot of comedy. Phil conceals his sadness behind a mask of jokes, but lets the mask slip often enough. Do you love mummy or daddy more? Do you recognise things from your own house?

A very entertaining television version of this theatre show.


Phil Ellis

Web links

Official site

British Comedy Guide entry

See also

Weaver's Week review


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