Snuff Box

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Highly surreal and bawdy Sketch Comedy / Britcom, starring Englishman Matt Berry (aka George the Volcano) and American Rich Fulcher. Each episode has one plot focusing on them as a pair of well-to-do hangmen at a gentleman's club, as well as various sketches of tangential relevance and canonicity. To add to the confusion, almost every character has the same name as their actor, so it's difficult to tell which Matt it is you're watching, but the show is funny enough that you don't care.

The show was highly reliant on Running Gags that, though hilarious, probably would have gotten old eventually were it not for British Brevity: the series only ran six episodes.

Also see Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, most of whose cast have appeared on this show at one time or another. Also also see The Mighty Boosh, the show on which Messrs. Fulcher and Berry met.

Tropes used in Snuff Box include:

Show me some respect, motherfucker!


"I'm a great kisser!"
"I gotta piss."

    • Matt:

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."
"After all I've done for him!"

  • Caught with Your Pants Down: "What about that time you got caught in your dad's study, jerking off over a map of Scotland?"
  • The Chew Toy: On Matt's quest to get his silver cowboy boots back from the cleaners, he is brutally beaten by store attendants, including a man from Oop North, a Camp Gay black man who knows martial arts, and a Violent Glaswegian.
    • Rich is also an example, as in the episode where he goes blind.
  • Cluster F-Bomb
  • Coitus Uninterruptus
  • The Danza: Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher's characters almost all have their own real names. We can only hope that the actual actors are nothing like the characters.
  • Did Not Do the Research: Matt apparently has a part-time job as a Jack the Ripper tour guide. When he gets Rich to fill in for him, it becomes apparent that Rich has no idea who the Ripper was or what he did.
  • Do-It-Yourself Theme Tune: Matt wrote all the original music for the show, and he and Rich sing it.
  • Drink Order: Whiskeyyyy!
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: As an art gallery tour guide, played by Fulcher.
  • Eagle Land: Rich is not so much an American as a British caricature of an American: uncouth, inconsiderate, culturally illiterate and foul-mouthed (even by the show's standards). His brother (also played by Rich) is even worse.
  • Easily Forgiven: When Matt is caught having sex with the bride at Rich's wedding.
  • Fan Service: All over the place. Mostly for the guys (and lesbians), unless for some reason the ladiiiieeeeesssss like seeing Matt Berry topless.
  • Gallows Humour: Often literally.
  • Fridge Logic: Matt begins trying to find out who Rich's mother is when he finds out Rich gets royalty checks from her estate. Why didn't he just look at the name on the check?
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One series of sketches has the two of them as movie censors. Murder, violence, and sex are all a-okay (even in conjunction), but a single animal gets killed or someone is wearing fur, and the movie gets banned.
  • Hammerspace: Where did Matt get that cavalry sabre?
  • Heroic Sociopath: Matt, who even writes in his diary that he thinks he may be a serial killer, and Sir Charles, who is implied to be Jack the Ripper.
  • Identical Grandson: Well, great nephew. Sir Charles looks exactly like Matt, and his valet, Wormwood, looks exactly like the club's current valet, Ken. How the latter two are related is unclear.
    • Also, Matt's brother is played by Matt, and Rich's brother by Rich. Rich also plays his character's mother, Mama Cass.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: "Now Mr. Rich, you said you wanted to dash off to eat a pie. Might I tempt you with one of mine?" [motions to gaggle of topless prostitutes]
  • The Jeeves: Ken, Wormwood
  • Jerkass: Essentially everybody, but particularly Rich's brother

Rich: Matt, you know how you used to call me a prick?
Mat: I never stopped calling you a prick.
Rich: Yeah, well this guy is King Pricko. Of Pricksburg, Cockachusetts.

  • Large Ham: Matt Berry
  • Larynx Dissonance: In the final episode, Rich falls in love with (and marries) a woman named Grendel, who, though beautiful, speaks entirely in dubbed-in chimpanzee noises.
  • Looping Lines: Deliberately invoked, and deliberately terrible.
  • Mood Dissonance: "The Empty Room", a song Matt wrote after his brother committed suicide, and then plays on a talk show hosted by Richard Ayoade (aka Dean Learner) quickly turns into an instrumental glamrock piece
  • Nipple-and-Dimed: Nipples, either male or female, are not uncommon.
  • Notable Original Music: The theme tune, "I'm A Rapper With A Baby", and the Rude Song (mentioned below under Tourette's Shitcock Syndrome)
  • Not Quite Starring: Quite a few impersonations, including Christopher Lee as a pornstar, David Bowie (played by Alice Lowe of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace), Charles Manson, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, David Beckham, and others.
  • Running Gag: Quite a few. One particularly delightful one is that Matt will be hitting on a beautiful woman, often carrying something for her, when she will mention her boyfriend, causing him to matter-of-factly announce "Fuck you!", drop whatever he was carrying, and leave.
    • A subtler one is the frequent references to rabbits, particularly when being eaten.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "YOU! WILL! NOT! TITTER!"
  • "On the Next...": "In the Snuff Box next time..."
  • Shout-Out: Rich is given a birthday present by Ricky from {{the office]]."
  • Sinister Minister: A fairlry mild example: Alan Ford (best known as Brick Top in Snatch) plays a foul-mouthed, hard-drinking priest. So far as we know, he's not really evil, though.
  • Status Quo Game Show: Rich and Matt go on a quiz show. It doesn't go well. Mostly because they didn't prepare in the slightest.
  • Take That: At the beginning of the first episode:

Rich: [as a crimp] I haven't got a bean, but my shoes are clean!
Matt: What the hell is that?
Rich: Oh, it's just an old song...


Rich: Hey, wait a minute. He just effed.
Alan Ford: 'Course I did. I'm a fucking priest, ain't I?