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January 27, 2009

In Your Face

Mentioning Joe Cornish (of Adam and Joe) in my last entry sent me on a whirlwind tour of their various websites. I found this, and given it’s only had 80,000 hits so far, thought it deserved a reshowing here.


May 13, 2007

Did you get the joke?

Writing about web page

Eurovision. Did you get the in-joke? Because I didn’t.

But the blonde girl who kept sticking her ore in throughout the evening was – apparently – a spoof. Krisse Salminen is a Finnish stand-up whose routine is to prance around like a cross between Miss Piggy and Paris Hilton.

Unfortunately, Finnish comedy doesn’t seem to travel very well, and no-one seems to have realised she was a joke.

Perhaps they should have tried Borat.

March 30, 2007

South Park Kills the Queen

The Queen is Dead. Long Live Comedy. British newspapers have reacted in outrage to an episode of South Park, where in an homage to 24, the British Queen is behind a plot to take over the United States government. The plot fails, and she blows her head off with a gun.

The Sun called it the show’s “sickest point yet”. The Daily Mail said it was “its most spectacularly offensive episode yet”.

Chris Doidge said it was “the funniest thing he’d heard in a long, long time”. A spokesman for Chris Doidge added he was still laughing now, even though he should be writing his law coursework.

March 08, 2007

Comedy… with a dark side too

Tim Minchin is a very funny man. He’s also a sickeningly talented musician. Rather than have two – I suspect – very successful careers, he’s merged the two. This hasn’t bought him as much success as it should have done. He won a big award in 2005, and has done some modest work on Radio 4 since. But I can hear you saying “Who?” from here.

If his performance at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff was anything to go by, he’ll be a much more familiar name soon.

He’s a physical comedian, but not quite in the same way as Eddie Izzard or Ross Noble. He hides behind his piano, his clothes and his enormous hair! There’s a bit of shyness there, but it’s hard to tell whether it’s genuine.

His musical ability is really very good indeed. Not only is he a fantastic pianist and an amazing vocalist (think a rougher Damien Rice vocally) but his songwriting is really top notch. A couple of his songs are so well written that they’re funny on stage but could be fairly genuine if heard on the radio.

It’s hard to describe him much more than that, so I’ll just list some of his song titles to give you an idea of what he’s about…

  • Inflatable You
  • If You Open Your Mind Too Much Your Brain Will Fall Out (Take My Wife)
  • Angry (Feet)
  • Some People Have It Worse Than Me
  • Ten Foot Cock And A Few Hundred Virgins

Oh, and there’s Peace Anthem for Palestine.

He also plays a great song about Islam and Bob The Builder…

He’s great, and if he’s on tour near you, I urge you to go.

January 13, 2007

You Say, We Pay

Warning: Contains Strong Language

And yes, I should be revising.

December 24, 2006

Pachelbel Hell

After spreading a bit of Tim Minchin love last month, I decided it was only right to offer some more musical comedy at this festive time of year. Here’s Rob Paravonian with a brilliant rant about Pachelbel’s Canon in D. You know the tune, but does it drive you this mad? I think it gets funnier the longer it goes on.

He obviously hasn’t heard that Coolio track “I’ll see you when I get there…”

December 04, 2006

How to replace Trident, by Prof. Christopher Doidge

Ladies and Gentlemen. Since the 1950s we’ve been whinging about nuclear weapons and how they’re so expensive. We’ve never used one, and frankly don’t intend to. Yet it’s imperative for the survival of our race that we have them.

Well I, Professor Christopher Doidge, have invented a replacement for Trident, which I shall call Trident II. And here, live on the internet, I can reveal it for the first time:

Trident 2

Here’s how it works.

We tell the Russians, Iranians, North Koreans and al-Qaeda that we’re spending £17bn on a new nuclear weapons system. We tell CND (if they still exist) that we’re reducing the number of warheads by 20%. And we continue to tell the Americans that we’re still important, in what will only ever amount to willy-waving.

And then we don’t bother.

We stash the money in the British Virgin Islands (what’s the point of having them if we don’t use them ourselves) and in 2024 ‘unveil’ these clever looking submarines which are actually props from Tomorrow Never Dies. They’ll be empty, but no-one will know.

And so that way we’ll continue to scare the shit out of the Russians, Iranians, North Koreans and al-Qaeda, continue to piss off CND, and be able to pretend that we’re still important. Without actually wasting £17bn on something that we’ll never use.

In fact, it makes you wonder if we even have any at the moment…

November 16, 2006

More Tim Minchin

My sister tells me this Tim Minchin video is even funnier than the one below, so in my endless search to make him famous and single-handedly sell-out his upcoming British tour, here’s another one…

November 15, 2006

Tim Minchin

This is probably the funniest comedy I’ve seen since Eddie Izzard. He’s an Australian guy and won the Perrier Award when it was still called the Perrier Award. I prefer Rock and Roll Nerd but can’t find video of it, so here’s Environmental Message.

Why do I seem to like comics who wear eye-liner…?

July 04, 2006

Don't watch that, watch this!

Rob Brydon's got a new panel-based game show coming to BBC Three, and it is the funniest TV you'll see all year.

Yep, 'panel–based game show' might strike you as not perhaps the most original format ever indulged in by our beloved television bosses, but Annually Retentive is a cut above the rest.

I don't want to spoil it for you, except to say that there's an unexpected twist to the programme.

You'll regret not clicking here to watch a preview episode.

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