The Carry On films spanned a number of years between the late 1950 and into the 1970s. They were a series of comedy films that were very 'tongue in cheek' and had a fairly sexual content for the time. The main actors were Kenneth William, Joan Sims and Barbara Windsor to name just a few and much of the cast were returning members. The early films were shot in black and white though this changed to colour during the 1960s which was the most popular era for the films.
One of the key actors was Kenneth Williams who was born and lived in London until his death in 1988. He was very close to his mother Louisa but not to his father, Stanley, who worked as a barber. At the age of 18 he joined the army and worked in Bombay with the Royal Engineers where he discovered a passion for being on the stage. He started out on the radio comedy show and acted in several TV and films as well as being well known for the carry on films. He was, jointly with Billy Connelly, the person to appear most on Michael Parkinson's chat show, having appeared 8 times.
The british comedy is loved for its quirky and tongue in cheek, unique humour and popular comedy films have included 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'St Trinians', which has recently been remade.
The act of laughing has been shown to be good for our health, working leg, back and stomach muscles as well as de-stressing us and making a heart attack less likely! There are three main theories about why and what we find funny.
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