Category Archives: comedy

Why Anzac Day isn’t just an excuse for a drunken long weekend.

Oh lord, that ending always makes me cry.

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Something That Made My Weekend…

That wasn’t just the election result.

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On my Sunday morning walk, while I was waiting for the lights to change, this bloke and his son who looked about 10/11, pulled up beside me on their bikes mid conversation. To my delight, the father was reciting the parrot sketch to his son. The son didn’t seem too impressed, but I sure chuckled in all the right places.

 

Peep Show

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Mark: It’s payback time.
Jez: And she’s paying back. In FEAR DOLLARS!

This show is awesome! Consistently well written, beautifully acted to the point of being too real, and pants wetting funny. This is one of the best sitcoms in many many many years, and its being buried, BURIED I tells you. Ricky Gervais likes it apparently but that doesn’t mean you should hold that against the show.

Peep Show series 1 Abc2 Sunday nights.

So f**king Rock

Tim Minchin @ the Sydney Opera House

This is late and I am sorry, but the university takes priority and I am a lazy git.

Comedian, actor, singer-songwriter and all rounder rock and roll star extraordinaire Tim Minchin, was recently in the country, playing at the Melbourne comedy festival and at the Sydney Opera House, bringing us his fantastic award winning cabaret/stand-up/concert show So Rock.

It was the last show in a run of thirteen, it was Sunday 5pm, an audience filled with slightly obsessed teenage Minchin fans, couples, families, pensioners, and to my surprise and slight concern, children; not to mention my own good self. There was Tim’s inappropriate humoured but well crafted set of songs, his black piano, and then there was me and the whole audience laughing our arses off. I cannot praise this show highly enough and then some. The songs are thoughtful, laughter cramp inducing, and with titles such as Perineum Millennium- The Inbetween Years, and If You Open Your Mind To Much Your Brain Will Fall Out(Take My Wife) and Some People Have It Worse Than I that references his excitement at watching a Jerry Springer entitled Midgets, Midgets Midgets and which never fails to give me the old fashioned giggles; it was really too bad if you went to the toilet, to miss any second of So Rock is to literally miss out.

It is a real shame that the opportunities in Australia are severely limiting not just for comedians and singer/songwriters like Tim Minchin, but most for people within the business of creating, such as bands, actors, and all kinds of writers. Tim has recently moved to the UK and he has no plans to return to Australia in the immediate future, but he is currently on tour over there, and has plans on writing a sitcom.

The album So Rock, a live recording and a live recording of his follow up show in similar fashion Darkside are available from his shop online, as are some FREE Mp3s and some bloody funny clips of his work especially this one of my OTT favourites Canvas Bags .

The verdict from the man himself:

 

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eeehaarrtt welcome in Blue Jaaaaammmm…

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Well, well, well, what can I say about Chris Morris’s BBC Radio 1 project in the late 90s, that honestly hasn’t been said a million times before and then some. Some people love it, others don’t, some people liked elements and others believed it to be a repetitive patchy sketch cop out.

I think it’s wonderful, repetitive and bloody funny.

Blue Jam is a audio projection of that fugue state you may sometimes find your-self feeling; somewhere between 3am, the absurd, not caring, and dreamy confusion. Cough syrup also gives off this effect as well. While drinking cough syrup and listening to Blue Jam feels like match between body and mind, I shouldn’t recommend things like that. After all my nan could be reading.

Sometimes labels tend to become relied upon too much, and Blue Jam is no exception, with “Dark”, “Sick”, “Cult”, “Surreal” being standard responses to this radio sketch show.

With its bleak monologues and sketches, mixed into and out of suitable “ambient” vibes with the softer side of 90s indie music. Think Eels, Massive Attack, Bjork, Beck, Beta Band, too many bloody B’s now. Written by Chris Morris (Peter Baynham, and Graham Linehan among others) and performed by Morris, Mark Heap, (the) Kevin Eldon, Julia Davis, David Cann, and Amelia Bulmore. Blue Jam was remade into a sketch show called Jam, which is still debatable in terms of quality- in some cases the radio sketches were literally transferred to the TV.

Personally Blue Jam, openned up my minuet points of reference, with its content, and mixed up “experimental” format. The first time I heard it, something just felt right, to put it simply, something clicked inside. Proves that once upon a time comedy and Chris Morris didn’t always take itself so seriously.

You can buy the official Blue Jam recording here.

Now if I know you, I can lend it to you, lord knows I’ve been trying to pimp it out to plenty of folk over the past few months with no takers, although maybe it’s my fault for talking Blue Jam up so much.

But if you want the full Blue Jam experience, music, warts and all; you can always download it off Cook’d & Bomb’d . Plus, they have a nifty introduction to the series, and some articles about the show.

TWO Thumbs Up to: Blue Jam, and frankly between you and me, the full version should be the only way you listen to Blue Jam with some headphones, making suitable WTF faces.

“Oooohh Int He Scrummy?!”

 

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Ideal

Well one episode left of this up to standard third series. Ideal is written by Graham Duff, and I must say this third series has lost none of the shows laughs or charm. Ideal, for folks that don’t know, is a very tightly written and bleakly brilliant sitcom, set in an apartment in Manchester and staring comedian Johnny Vegas as its hash dealing occupant Moz, the show basically revolves around the some what interesting and banal characters and friends that come for advice, “hiyas”, complicate all sorts of matters and to score.

For some odd reason Ideal and another fantastic BBC comedy written by Brian Dooley The Smoking Room, which can be seen on UKTV, are somehow linked together in my mind, it’s most probably the fact that I watched both shows around the same time, but one cant help but feel Ideal’s third series is the chance that The Smoking Room never got. Just why The Smoking Room(WHICH WON A BAFTA FOR THE WRITING SO YOU KNOW ITS QUALITY) was shafted after a second series, and absolute rubbish and twaddle ends up being recommissioned, see Titty Titty Bang Bang– the show that I refuse to believe that Bob Mortimer had a hand in, Hyperdrive-only Kevin Eldon just saves this from the proverbial scrap heap, and the over repetitive, one joke/one note The Catherine Tate Show-some of us will never know, but I can guess the words demographic, focus groups, ratings and BBC3 were probably thrown around.

And yes I know they are safe targets, I am simply throwing out off the top of my head, and those shows are simply the most blatantly obvious : lets-not-take-a-chance-produce-something-that-manages-to-be- both-funny-and-original- comedy that floats. And yes, I realise I’m not suppose to slag off other shows, writers etc, but I’m not exactly slagging, or even being critically eloquent, in the vain of Some of the Corpses are Amusing– this lot give most folk a run for their money and manage to be funny even if the site is a couple of years old nothing much has changed in the world of comedy.

Erm now this post has turned it something else. Oh dear, I do get like this from time to time. Calm…calm.

Third series of Ideal is current available for download off the other place while the dvds are available to buy off amazon, and ebay.

THUMBS UP: to Graham Duff, the crew and cast/characters-(go Cartoon Head & Psycho Paul) for making this third series of Ideal, just as funny if not more then the previous two.

“It’s almost like a moral desicion, except not really, because no one will find out”.

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Peep Show is back, see the pretty picture there with David Mitchell/Mark looking fetching as always, copyright owned by channel 4. And it is available for download off the other place, for us non-UK residents, or those who missed it on the telly.

What a hoot, Jez’s smug face after the horizontal mother incident, and indifference of Sophie’s family to her father’s barn burning, pure class. It did start off slow and then it builds up, with some cracking lines between. Look it’s not as good as the first series, but it fills a hole in channel 4’s demographic and if the other five episodes carry on in similar fashion, the fourth series could be up there with the second series, and at the very least it should be better then the third, I mean Nancy’s back.

If you would like to catch up with Peep Show up till now, or check it out for the first time. Amazon do a lovely deal.
If I know you however, I’ll lend them to you

Thumbs Up to: Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, for a giggly return, and because I like Peep Show in general.

Sidenote: My Smell of Reeves & Mortimer arrived today, so expect some reviews, and Reeves and Mortimer goodtime fangirl giggles.