Philomena promotes Britain but wants to be famous in America

Reader Michael, who has contributed to two posts today (see previous one), called my attention to a new series of short videos by Diana Morgan, who has abandoned the persona but not the demeanor of Philomena Cunk. The new series of three clips (one more to come) is called “British Famous“, and attempts to sell Britain as a tourist destination using the conceit that Morgan visits various places in Britain to prepare to be TRULY famous, which means famous not just in Britain, but in America. Here are the first three videos with this introduction:

Who was Benedict Cumberbatch a few years ago? Nobody Cumberbatch, that’s who. Because he was only British Famous. And he’s not alone.

For decades, British celebrities have been adored at home but anonymous abroad, until America discovers them and makes them the real kind of famous.

And that is precisely Diane Morgan’s plan. So she’s doing things she believes Americans love in the hopes of becoming the next big American thing, all while showcasing the greatest parts of Great Britain.

The first video, “The Self-Help Guru”, shows, as Michael noted, Morgan

…taking the piss out of ‘mindfulness’, crystals, chakras etc. . .  Good fun! Not from the T.V. show – Diane seems to have branched out into other stuff such as this YouTube channel, Love GREAT Britain, which is promoting holidays in GB

There are a few other Morgan skits on the channel if you’re interested, but this is the only one that’s reasonably well written IMO.

I didn’t know she has a talent for physical comedy [pratfalls, slapstick] until this series.

Judge for yourself. I prefer Philomena but this is still worth watching:

“The Rock Star”, filmed in Manchester, home of our Matthew Cobb:

And “The action hero,” filmed in Scotland:

The next installment to come is called “The Foodie.”



  1. nicky
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Lovely video. I think Philomena would make a much better POTUS than the orange squirrel.

    • Jeannine Lanigan aka pghwelshgirl
      Posted April 29, 2017 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

      There is a dead cat in my living room (yes, really), and she would make a better POTUS.

      She did make a very fine cat, though. A very fine cat indeed:

      • Jeannine Lanigan aka pghwelshgirl
        Posted April 29, 2017 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

        Oops, sorry for pics. Thought I was posting link only.

      • nicky
        Posted April 30, 2017 at 7:06 am | Permalink

        A dead cat? No, you are exaggerating there -but only just.

        • Jeannine Lanigan aka pghwelshgirl
          Posted April 30, 2017 at 11:00 am | Permalink

          Exaggerating somewhat? GAC

          Was just trying to make a wry observation/dark humor comment in a community that, mostly, loves cats. And would offer some condolences for a recently, suddenly, deceased one.

          Maybe I should have shared this in the Caturday trifecta comments. But this was the post that was up as I was waiting for the housecall euthanasia vet to arrive.

          • Merilee
            Posted April 30, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

            I’m confused as to whose kitty died, but my heartfelt condolences in any case. Always so sad🐾🐾

            • Jeannine Lanigan
              Posted April 30, 2017 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

              Thanks, Merilee. It was my cat who died. Sorry if I was confusing by combining her death announcement with the Trump comment. I was trying to be clever and snarky, which perhaps wasn’t communicated clearly. I plead grief and sleep deprivation.

              Anyway, she’s still here – on ice – and goes to the crematory tomorrow. I should have a frequent flier card with them.

              • Merilee
                Posted May 1, 2017 at 7:54 am | Permalink

                RIP to your poor kitty, Jeannine. I must have been clued out as I missed the Trump joke. Maybe I can also blame my new iPad which organizes my email “threads” in an unfamiliar manner.

  2. nwalsh
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Sorry. Not terribly funny.

  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    Ms. Morgan clearly has a lot to learn about trashing hotel rooms if she wants to make it as a Brit rock star in America. I suggest she study the works of Master-sensei Keith Moon.

  4. Jeannine Lanigan aka pghwelshgirl
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    So glad someone else shared this (thank you, Michael), because I forgot to. I was watching some old Drunk History clips on YouTube a few weeks ago, and saw the first couple of segments in this series.

    Do I understand correctly that Diane Morgan has officially retired Philomena? I hope not, although she does retain the style in these new videos.

    I hope she does become American Famous, as I’d love to see more of her.

  5. rickflick
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    She adds a touch of class wherever she goes.

  6. Posted April 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Hysterically good. Bravo, Diane Morgan! The Philomena character was OK, but this satirical perspective is much better: goodness she is making fun of herself, the UK, and America in one fell swoop. All this via her own self, and not behind a persona.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted April 29, 2017 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

      “she is making fun of herself, the UK, and America in one fell swoop.”

      And also all the stereotypical television hype. “In a world… without heroes… one woman… stands tall”. Where do people learn to speak like that? (I mean the voice, not the words.) Sort of like the Terminator on steroids. It’s just so full of BS.

      I think it’s a hilarious spoof.


    • rickflick
      Posted April 29, 2017 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

      I agree. Great comedy.

  7. Merilee
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 6:26 pm | Permalink


  8. Craw
    Posted April 29, 2017 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    This sort of spoils Philomena for me: I had assumed that she was just playing an idiot, but it appears she’s always like that.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted April 29, 2017 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

      Didn’t occur to you that she might be, like, following a script?


      • Posted April 29, 2017 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

        Pretty sure when the commercial is that long a script is involved so they don’t just follow someone and hope for the best.

        • infiniteimprobabilit
          Posted April 30, 2017 at 3:20 am | Permalink

          In fact if you look at the ‘production values’ it’s fairly obvious those were properly produced, scripted commercials. They didn’t just rock up to the location and ad-lib it.


    • nicky
      Posted April 30, 2017 at 7:11 am | Permalink

      Don’t be silly, Craw. This is her sarcastic way of approaching things, whether as Philomena or herself. An idiot? I don’t think so.

  9. Ken Elliott
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    “Remember, were all just human shaped pieces of forever.”


  10. Mike
    Posted April 30, 2017 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    She is very far from an idiot.

  11. Posted May 3, 2017 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Benedict Cucumber Patch!

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