I’ve been watching some ’90s comedy as part of my vow of idleness. During a particularly pungent episode of The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, I sat bolt upright with alarm.
Vic and Bob describe a magazine called Scarpering Monthly and a competitor called Leg It News:
Scarpering Monthly is dedicated to those people who like to do a bunk, withdraw, or abandon any particular scene or incident.
[…] the part of Scarpering Monthly I particularly enjoyed is the inclusion of a pattern here, a suggested route plan, for if you’re escaping from someone perhaps firing a rifle at you.
Well, that’s essentially the gag at the core of New Escapologist, isn’t it?
I would have seen this sketch back in the day and it does faintly ring a bell, so I wonder if the idea became lodged in my brain like a splinter of the One True Cross after it exploded?
It’s possible. Their version was funnier though.