Posts Tagged ‘comedy’

Rocksmith Rap

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 | Video

Heini posted this on my wall.

Santa brand book

Monday, December 23rd, 2013 | Distractions

This could well be a lot less funny to people who haven’t worked in a design agency. But I nearly fell of my chair laughing at the Santa brand book.

Kate Smurthwaite at Leeds Skeptics

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 | Foundation, Humanism

Earlier this month we were lucky to have Kate Smurthwaite visit us to present her show The News at Kate: My Professional Opinion. She is a comedian but also does a lot of work with women’s rights and generally telling stupid people that they are stupid.

Here is a good clip of her doing that on The Big Questions:

Her event was really entertaining and I highly recommend going to see Kate’s show if you get the chance.

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I, Partridge audiobook

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 | Books

Back in May I read I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan. It was well worth a read and so James recommended I listen to the audiobook as well.

I was good, but not amazing. Steve Coogan did a good job of providing the Partridge voice for so many hours (though his normally voice is very similar anyway) but I would have liked it to be even more annoying. It’s not quite the emotionally-charged whining that I remember from the TV show.


That Mitchell & Webb Sound series 1

Friday, November 30th, 2012 | Distractions

From time to time, I want to quickly find my favourite That Mitchell & Webb Sound sketch, but there doesn’t seem to be an index of them. So, I’ve done one, for series one at least.

Episode 1

Time Sketch
00:24 Bit of ham on your face
02:33 Sex scenes with people yelling “now we know!”
05:12 Radio 4 “Sciencey stuff”
08:30 Grand piano busker
09:12 Wedding vows
11:11 Bookshop in someone’s house
12:39 Pit ponies
14:27 Ross Kemp as Gandi
14:50 Hairdressers Sans Frontières
16:45 Snooker commentators
18:15 Advert for “The Word Master”
19:00 Touching Cloth dry cleaning business
22:11 Guy who has a band
24:12 Party invites: Scooby Gang

Episode 2

Time Sketch
00:24 The Ring dinner party conversation
02:29 Imagine That: baked potato
05:21 Flightless birds on an island (dodos)
07:35 Radio Switzerland
09:37 Hospital announcement: fire
10:02 Jason: Make Over City (shopping for socks and a bag)
12:02 Snooker commentators: nutty earnest, gold fish
12:57 Blokes doing Sex and the City
15:28 Hospital announcement: Bomb
15:50 Introduction to voodoo
17:34 Nice man: park bench
19:18 Bad writers: medical drama
21:14 Break up advice (planting the crack)
23:29 Hospital announcement: dead woman in toilets
23:39 Party invites: Bond

Episode 3

Time Sketch
00:24 Heaven is only for the Amish
02:42 Big Talk: Aids pandemic
04:27 Castrati (Sopranos parody)
05:51 Jason: Sell that house to them
08:50 Call centre staffed by children
10:50 Rabbit news night
11:40 Ignore charity appeals, and buy stuff
12:38 Charge of the Light Brigade reading
13:35 Welcome to Hufflepuff
15:59 Environment – how much stuff can we keep?
19:00 Kipling reading, “If”
19:45 Jungle book, Mowgli’s parent’s night
21:37 Nick Hornby parody
22:29 Queen Victoria radio address
23:23 Party invites: Hitler

Episode 4

Time Sketch
00:24 Nature Notes: bird song
03:02 Direct credit pensions
04:09 Spy who works at vehicle licensing centre in Swansea
05:39 Road rescue helpline for broken down car
06:53 Downloaded the whole internet
09:24 Snooker commentator: drinking during inteval
10:39 No hot water in a hotel
11:27 Jason: Crap in the loft
14:30 Golden anniversary island
15:00 Lessons from 18th century France
17:50 Sold your novel
18:38 Big Talk: is there a god?
20:06 Nice doctor
21:26 Fishing for cats
23:53 Returning jeans because she is too fat
25:36 Party invites: Ghandi

Episode 5

Time Sketch
00:24 Increase in MPs salaries
02:16 The Late One: reads letter, sings Gold Finger
04:00 Drinks: chat up beer, pity beer
06:19 Total pants rap song
07:39 Exciting Adventures of Sir Digby Casear Salad
09:42 Snooker commentators: Lager is more fizzy
10:46 Tram crash safety campaign
12:37 The Late One: Domestic violence
14:26 Correspondance golf
17:15 Life insurance for old people
18:47 Writers: spy drama
20:35 What do you really think? (Minister’s interview)
21:29 The Late One: Lonely, Hilter
23:00 Global warming, cold in my flat
24:00 Party invites: Darth Vader

Episode 6

Time Sketch
00:24 Shooting take away pizza menu deliverers, Stalin, Hilter
03:12 We meet years ago, I’ve written you a song
05:03 Porn on 4: Radio 4 review show
06:17 Drama about how horrible war is
08:22 Jason: Where it is, where it is, where it is
11:31 Fisherman catching all the fish
12:04 Snooker commentators: Shandy
13:23 Splitting a restaurant bill
14:30 Posh actor footballers
16:01 Ignore BBC3
16:19 Harold Wilson impersonator
16:41 Phone call from Mike’s mugger
18:54 Can’t remember the word “horse”
20:19 57% of people say interest rates have gone up
21:29 Red flags in front of cars
21:51 Birthday party at a strip club (the crack)
23:18 Round table: I could have written your book
23:37 Party invites: Oscar Wilde

That Mitchell & Webb Sound

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 | Distractions

Peep Show is a brilliant show. That Mitchell & Webb look is a great sketch show too. But in my opinion, the best work they have ever done, isn’t any of the material they are famous for.

For me, the best work they have ever done is actually their Radio 4 series – That Mitchell & Webb Sound. It must have been popular (for Radio 4 at least) as it ran for four series, and each one of them was brilliant.

Highly recommended.

Humorously speaking

Saturday, September 15th, 2012 | Public Speaking

On Thursday, it was Leeds City Toastmasters “humorously speaking” competition. The club holds biannual competitions, one in the spring for motivational speeches and this one, for comedic ones – these then advance to the area competition and then continue moving on and up from there.

We started the evening meeting at Nawaab, an Indian restaurant on Wellington Street. It was good value at £11 for a three course meal, but my stomach certainly wasn’t too happy with what I put in it and the desserts were straight out of the freezer – packaging included and no time to thaw.

We made it to the competition just in time and I certainly didn’t fancy my chances – all three of the other speakers who had entered the contest were senior members of the club, one a former area governor who regularly speaks from the advanced manuals.

Somehow, I turned up with the victory though and now move onto the area competition in a few weeks!

I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 | Books

Given that we saw Alan’s book, Bouncing Back, get pulped due to low sales, it would seem somewhat ironic that his recent book, “I, Partridge” doesn’t seem to be doing too well either – originally priced at £20, I picked my copy up for £3.99. Admittedly, that was on Kindle, but the book shop round the corner has the hardback for £6.

I don’t know why. This is one of the best books I have read recently. I couldn’t put it down – having purchased it one Sunday morning I had read from start to finish by the end of the day.

Presenting a vivid depiction of Alan’s life, often weaving in and out of the TV show, the book reads like you’re in conversation with him – and it works brilliantly. Not to mention his description of a fleeing Dave Clifton probably being the funniest simile you will ever read.

Ironically, as I only started reading it because Elina was keeping me awake by playing Scrabble on her laptop. But ten minutes after she had started playing the site went down for maintenance, so needless to say, I had the last laugh.

I, Partridge book cover

World Series of Dating

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 | Distractions

Recently, BBC Three began showing World Series of Dating. It’s a trash TV as it sounds – there are four booths each with a different girl in it, and male constants come on and attempt to date them for as long as possible – if the girl gets bored she will hit the buzzer in the middle of the table and that constant will be out.

Despite it’s lack of any intellectual value however, I’ve found myself strangely addicted. Perhaps because it got me through a long night of illness when there was nothing else on at 5am in the morning and I now associate warm memories with it, but it’s actually intriguing for some reason.

However, I think I’ve figured out the reason why. There is a fine line between “doesn’t take itself too seriously” trash TV and incredibly clever parody, and I now suspect that the show lies slightly past said line.

I could have accepted the fact that one of the girls on the show is called Bambi – it’s a silly name but the reality of our modern society is that it is entirely plausible that someone would call their child that. And if someone did, they would almost certainly wear too much fake tan and end up being on a show like World Series of Dating, so that doesn’t strike me as contrived.

However, given the constant references to this being the British version of the show, something didn’t really fit there. It didn’t seem like a show that would be popular with the American market and a quick Google search confirmed that the show is an entirely original creation here in Britain.

That means that Rob Riggle never presented the US version of WSOD, nor did Bentley Kalu ever referee it. Indeed, Poppy Weathers isn’t even a real person, she is played by Thaila Zucchi, an actor who I’ve never heard of because her acting consisted of an appearance on Big Brother 8 as fake house mate, a show which I stopped watching after it ran out of original ideas (ie, I didn’t watch the second series onwards).

Having these fake back stories and fictional hosts, takes it over the line from comedic trash television to clever parody – and that’s why it’s OK for me to enjoy it 😉 . We can safely take the high ground pointing out to those who claim it’s intellectually defunct that “they simply don’t get it.”


Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 | Distractions

Last week, Channel 4 broadcast a one off 30 minute comedy by Ricky Gervais entitled “Derek”.

I only heard about the controversy in passing before the show, with some people claiming that it was mocking people with learning difficulties. How you make that decision before you’ve even watched it I’m not sure quite sure, though I suppose you could base it, albeit badly, on the short trailers that Channel 4 had been broadcasting.

In the end, I didn’t find it offensive at all. Or funny really. Karl Pilkington had a few good lines in there but overall, it was reasonably humour free. It was however, incredibly moving. Well worth a watch.