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Ned Flanders without the moustache

Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, October 17th, 2009 - 22 comments
Categories: humour, john key - Tags: , ,

Ned KeyLast night on TV3’s 7 Days panelist Jeremy Elwood described John Key as “New Zealand’s very own Ned Flanders without a moustache.”

Ned’s a pretty complex character, with quite a lot of suppressed rage and a dark side that makes his hyper-cheerful niceness actually more of a necessary coping device than an optional expression of his true self.

Personally I don’t think Johnno’s that complex, but it was quite a funny line and it’s nice to see our comedians taking the piss and expressing their disdain for our jester Premier.

22 comments on “Ned Flanders without the moustache”

  1. Pascal's bookie 1

    I’m quite liking 7days.

    • gingercrush 1.1

      Whatever happened to Radio New Zealand’s version of it?

      • Pascal's bookie 1.1.1

        dunno. There’s a long running bbc tv thing that’s very similar, but fewer crude.

        • Zorr

          Are you talking about Mock the Week there? Still have yet to settle down to watch 7Days but the caliber of the British one is higher than anything we could hope to have.

          • Pascal's bookie

            I was thinking of “Have I got news for you”, this episode was unscreened for some reason, but it’s funny stuff.

            7days has surprised me, which makes me feel bad about assuming it would be shit. I think it’s going to get better too, as long as they don’t can it.

        • Zorr

          After sitting down and watching the episodes of it available on TV3s On Demand. It isn’t even in the same league sadly.

  2. fidolx 2

    Thing about it, I would trust what Ned Flanders had to say was what he believed, John Key on the other hand ……

  3. Ianmac 3

    Wonder if photoshoppers will graft a mou on to check?

  4. roger nome 4

    If i were picking Simpson characters who resemble John Key, at the the top of my list would have to be the lesser know Lionel Hutz:


    Hutz is an inept ambulance chaser and, to quote Lisa Simpson, a “shyster” whom the Simpsons nonetheless repeatedly hire as their lawyer (a fact remarked on by Marge Simpson in a typically self-aware aside[1]). He claims to have graduated from Princeton School of Law, although Princeton Law School closed in 1852. His legal practice, located in a shopping mall, is named “I Can’t Believe It’s A Law Firm!” and also offers “expert shoe repair”. He often tries to entice potential clients with free gifts, including a “smoking monkey” doll, a pen that looks like a cigar, a business card that “turns into a sponge when you put it in water,”[2] and even a half-empty Orange Julius he once had handy.

  5. roger nome 5

    A case could also be made for Troy McClure:

    “Troy McClure is a stereotypical Hollywood has-been.[2] He was a star in the early 1970s, but his career went downhill due to rumors of a paraphilia involving fish. In most of his appearances in the show, he hosts short video clips that other characters watch on television or in a public place. He often presents educational videos[3][4] and infomercials.[5] ”


    Incidentally Both McClure and Hutz were voiced by Phill Hartman – and were axed in 1998 when he died, in a murder-suicide which also involved his wife.

    Comedic actor Phil Hartman and his wife, Brynn, were found shot to death Thursday in their Los Angeles home in what police say appears to be a murder-suicide initiated by Mrs. Hartman.

    What a strange world we live in.

  6. Pascal's bookie 6

    Nah, he’s Ralph Wiggum:

    “Upon first glance, one might look at him as mentally challenged. His unique manner of speech is often the source of the character’s trademark random quotes, where Ralph may make a comment such as “Me fail English? That’s unpossible!”, “It tastes like…burning!”, “That’s where I saw the leprechaun. He told me to burn things.” “I found a moon rock in my nose!”, or “Mr. Flanders, you’re blindeded!”[3], as well as his tendency to call his teacher “School Mommy” and on one occasion calling Superintendent Chalmers “Super Nintendo Chalmers” and, when Bart Simpson was visiting his house, he said “This is my sandbox. I’m not allowed to go in the deep end” However, Ralph is also able to speak in a normal manner much of the time, which only adds to the question of his condition and character.”


  7. ok these are all valid observations.
    i feel a readers’ poll coming on.

    my favorite Ralph line was when Marge, while trying to comfort, touched him on his shoulder and he screamed “She’s touching my Special Area!”

  8. Lew 8

    Yeah, it was a cracking show. Jeremy Ellwood’s line, I believe.


  9. George.com 9

    I reckon Joe Key is most like this cartoon character

    Jo Key Smurf, Jo Key Prime Minister

  10. Zepher 10

    I think John Key has Principal Skinners goofyness.


    It’s more hilarious if you see the Super Intendent as the Governor General.

  11. BLiP 11

    You’re all missing the obvious :smile:

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