I last met him in 1979 at a reunion at that same prep school, Papplewick, in Ascot. He told me that the launch of his new TV show – whose name didn't register at the time – had been delayed for some reason, but should appear in the autumn.
So while the Merton College revue represented the acme of my life as a sketch artist (my Thunderbirds-style skit about the theft of the Radcliffe Camera, which featured the immortal line "You been nosey, Parker, again?", proving to be one of the highlights of the evening), Curtis went on to bigger and better things – Not The Nine O' Clock News and Blackadder – as well as Mr. Bean and the worst film ever made, Love, Actually (which comes in just ahead of What Women Want, because it thinks it's funny).
If one sketch encapsulates all that's best about NTNOCN, indeed, all that's best about British humour, it would be "General Synod's Life of Christ", which the team performed shortly after the release of Monty Python's Life of Brian, a film as good as their earlier effort Monty Python and the Holy Grail had been indifferent.
More immediately and more pertinently, the sketch was broadcast a week after an edition of the "Friday Night, Saturday Morning" BBC2 programme, on which John Cleese and Michael Palin argued about whether their film was blasphemous with two veteran Christians, Malcolm Muggeridge and Bishop Mervyn Stockwood. (Not only did Muggers and Stockers miss the point of the film, they actually missed the first 15 minutes down the local Odeon, which was a pity for them, but a godsend to the rest of us, as it's at the start of the film that it's made clear that Brian isn't actually Jesus, but a thick bloke who's mistaken for Jesus by people nearly as thick as him).
At one level, then, "General Synod's Life of Christ" functions to take the piss out of ignorant Christians (which is never a bad thing). On another, grasped by the team with a zeal which is almost indecent, the sketch provides the team with a glorious opportunity to put the knife into the unevenness of Monty Python's output.
"Have people forgotten how Monty Python suffered for us? How often the sketches failed? These men died for us … frequently."