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March 18, 2008

For those of you with ANY taste in film comedy, you'll be more than familiar with This is Spinal Tap, arguably the greatest spoof flick of all time.  We all know the quotes: "These go to eleven.." etc and the moments of comedy genius (eg the miniature stone henge).  If you have never seen this film, do it, do it now.

Anyway, you may be less aware of Bad News, the spoof heavy metal band created as part of Channel 4's 80's series The Comic Strip Presents... 


The first programme, Bad News Tour, actually aired the year before This is Spinal Tap, and it too has moments of comedy genius - as does the follow up, More Bad News (which includes the band's actual performance at the Mosters of Rock Festival at Castle Donnington).

Bad News are, in reality, Ade Edmondson (Vim Fuego [real name Alan Metcalfe] - lead guitar and vocals), Rik Mayall (Colin Gregson - bass), Nigel Planer (Den Dennis - rhythm guitar) and Peter Richardson (Spider Webb - drums).  If you have never seen the shows, I thoroughly recommend them - both Bad News Tour and More Bad News can be found on YouTube, and here's a short clip compilation (warning - some strong language) - especially great is Colin's strop at about 3 mins and 15 secs.

Bad News actually also released two studio albums - Bad News and Bootleg - both of which I had on ancient taped copies many years ago.  I finally got round to gettting the first album on CD (the second has never been released on CD, I believe) and it arrived today!  It is HILARIOUS!  Not so much the songs (of which there are only a few) so much as the brilliant talking clips in between. It brings back fantastic memories - I still remember all the words! Not for the easily offended, but really, really, really funny.  And, bizarrely, the albums were produced by none other than Brian May from Queen!

Keywords: Bad News, Comic Strip, heavy Metal, Spinal Tap

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November 14, 2007


Keywords: Remake, Spaced, Travesty

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November 12, 2007

I am a HUGE fan of the genius that is The Mighty Boosh and am ecstatic that the new series starts this week.  I was even more delighted to find out that I didn't have to wait until it starts on BBC3 on Thursday night as you can watch it online NOW!



I have been anticipating this comedy event for many months and I wasn't disappointed.  It is as hilarious and silly as ever. 

Our heroes Howard and Vince (played by the wondeful Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding respectively) now work as assistants in Naboo's shop "Nabootique" selling "2nd hand object d'art" as well as Howard's fine line in elbow patches and Vince's pop star tracking device.  Howard has to resort to questionable methods to raise 1000 euros in time for midnight, otherwise the Hitcher will "cut him up" and turn him into a major character in his "cockney eels nightmare".  And all this whilst Naboo and Bollo are off for a shamen's stag weekend. 

This episode features the return of some of my favourite Boosh characters, including the Moon, Tony Harrison (the bodyless shamen), Saboo (played by the fantastic Richard Ayoade) and the scary Hitcher (the green cockney nightmare).

If you have yet to discover the delights of the Boosh I cannot recommend it highly enough for you.  It is my all time favourite coomedy show - like nothing else you'll ever see.  It's very silly (though neither "whacky" nor surreal...) very fast paced, brilliantly written and the cast are fabulous.  

It's on BBC3 this Thursday at 10.30pm.  PLEASE watch it - you'll be glad you discovered the world of The Mighty Boosh!

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September 18, 2007

Has anyone been watching this?  I have to say I think it is completely hilarious: better than the first series.  It's been a while since a TV comedy show made me really laugh out loud. 

If you're not familiar with the show, it's set in the small, IT department of Reynolm Industries and features Richard Ayoade as Moss, Chris O'Dowd as Roy (both complete IT geeks in their own ways) and their long suffering "relationship manager" Jen (played by Katherine Parkinson).  It's written by Graham Lineham (couple of wee swearies on that link - beware) one of the writers of the classic Father Ted.  And another of my very favourite people, Noel Fielding (of Mighty Boosh fame) appears as melancholy goth Richmond:


The show is very silly (silliness along the lines of Father Ted) with Moss and Roy desperately trying to fit in with a number of social situations, and failing miserably. This series seems to have much better "one liners" than the first series and Ayoade steals the show for me.  His facial expressions and complete lack of understanding of anything outwith a computer are hilarious to watch.  I'd thoroughly recommend you watch it if you haven't: it's on Friday nights on Channel 4 and can also be downloaded from 4od.

Just a couple of quotations:

Phillip: Do you like the theatre?
Moss: Never Been. But, I've always like the idea of the theatre. The smell of the grease, the roar of the paint. I've often thought if I hadn't ended up in computers, I would have gone into the theatre.
Phillip: But you've never been to see a play?
Moss: No.
Phillip: Why not?
Moss: I've never had the interest.
Moss: [at Denholm's funeral, talking to Denholm's wife] I'm sorry for your loss.
Denholm's wife: Thank you.
Moss: It's not like you've lost a pen, is it? It's so much worse. Would you like a pen. I have a spare one.
Denholm's wife: No thank you.
Moss: Please take it.
Denholm's wife: Why are you giving it to me?
Moss: I don't know. [hands her the pen] Swings and roundabouts.

Keywords: Channel 4, comedy, Noel Fielding, The IT Crowd

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April 28, 2007

In Tesco the other day at the fish counter. All the different fish had little plastic labels on them saying what they were and how they'd been caught etc. The one for the "Farmed Sea Bream Fillets" had the extra snippet of info "Contains Fish" added !

Ye cannae make this stuff up!

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March 27, 2007

My mate Mac tells bad jokes which make me laugh.  Here's one from the weekend.

A man walks into the doctors wearing nothing but a pair of pants made out of clingfilm.

Doctor takes one look at him and says, "I can clearly see you're nuts." 

Keywords: bad jokes, doctor, nuts

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March 19, 2007

Did anyone watch this last night?  The results are here:


I was glad to see my all time fave Billy Connolly was number 1 - in my opinion, he's still the best.  When I saw him a couple of years back, he was absolutely hilarious, and I was kind of brought up on his humour, all my family being massive fans.  Although I have seen some other brilliant stand-ups.  My faves I have seen live include Bill Bailey and David Baddiel (the routine mentioned last night where he does the bit about the top methods of death in 18th century England is classic).  Worst included Mark Lamarr (I actually fell asleep...) and Johnny Vegas (I like him normally - think I got him on an off night, off his face at the Stand in Edinburgh).  People I would love to see but haven't yet include Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran.

Keywords: Bill Bailey, Billy Connolly, comedians, David Baddiel, Dylan Moran, Eddie Izzard, Johnny Vegas, Mark Lamarr, stand-up, The Stand

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March 16, 2007

After saying how much I loved Simon Pegg and Big Train, Richard brought in his DVDs of Spaced for me to borrow, since I'd never seen it.


What a brilliant show!  Hilarious in a surreal kind of way, and I loved the characters too.  It centres around Daisy (played by Jessica Stevenson) and Tim (played by the wonderful Simon Pegg, who very soon will realise I am the one he wants to spend the rest of his life with...), who pretend to be a couple so they can rent a flat.  Of course, there's the kind of "will-they-won't-they-get-together" issue, but this is in no way schmaltzy.

The characterisation is brilliant. Tim is a kinda lazy, artistic type, who enjoys play fighting with his friend Mike and fighting zombies and drowning Lara croft on his playstation.  Daisy is a supposed journalist, who spends all her time thinking about her intellectualism and actually doing nothing much more than drinking tea.  They were both very endearing and lovable.

The supporting characters are actually one of my fave aspects of the programme.  You have Marsha, the old-before-her-time drunken landlady, who always seems desperate to cop off with Brian, the tortured artist who lives downstairs (played by the brilliant Mark Heap, who also featured in Big Train and one of Kate's favourites, Green Wing) and, when asked what kind of art he does replies: "Anger. Pain. Fear. Aggression."  There's the army and weapons obsessed Mike, who is Tim's best mate and who was once thrown out of the territorial army for stealing a tank and trying to invade Paris.  And there's my personal favourite minor character, Tyres O'Flaherty, who is the bike courier raver, who is obsessively angry one minute and chilled the next, and will dance in a ravey way to the beeping pedestrian crossing, or the telephone ringing - classic.

Too many fave bits to mention them all, but I particularly enjoyed the episode when Tim and Mike go paintballing - watch a clip here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shHh4Ju7kXA

I also loved all of the movie in-jokes, seen more in the second series, including a parody of The Sixth Sense - brilliant.

One of my fave bits of dialogue:

Brian: That's chaos theory. The belief that the future is in fact a mathematically predictable preordained system.
Daisy: So somewhere out there in the vastness of the unknown there's an... equation for predicting the future?
Brian: An equation so complex as to utterly defy possibility of comprehension by even the most brilliant human mind, but an equation nonetheless.
Tim: [in dawning realization] Oh my god...
Brian: What?!
Daisy: What?!
Tim: I've got some F - -ing Jaffa Cakes in my coat pocket!!!

Keywords: Big Train, Green Wing, Jessica Stevenson, Mark Heap, Simon Pegg, Spaced

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February 26, 2007

Caught the Lewis Lecture on the "listen again" feature on the Radio Scotland Website, I know it may be seen as some bias but it was jolly good and certainly made me titter, looking forward to the next show (sook, sook). I particularily liked the BPC stuff.

Keywords: Comedy, Radio

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February 16, 2007

After a discussion in the office about the meaning of the word "flange", we thought of this classic NTNON sketch.  

"It's a WHOOP, Professor, a WHOOP.  It's a flange of babboons..." 

"Wild?!  I was absolutely livid!" 

(Note: Some mild swearing)

Keywords: gorilla, Mel Smith, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Pamela Stevenson, Rowman Atkinson

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February 09, 2007

Rob Reiner's WHMS is one of my favourite films.  And before you say it, it's NOT just a "chick flick" - it's very funny and people who have not seen it cos they think it's just a rubbish "chick flick" are missing out.  Anyway, I've come across this brilliant "remix" of a trailer for the film, done as though it's actually a creepy horror movie.  Very well edited - and great... http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1739679

(Warning - a wee bit of strong language) 

Keywords: Rob Reiner, When Harry Met Sally

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February 07, 2007

Neil and I are pretty keen on Harry Hill's TV Burp just for the ludicrous nature of it.  Here's one that fits nicely into Scribble - it's history and ICT.

Keywords: Eastenders, Harry Hill, Laptop, TV Burp, Victorian

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February 06, 2007

Aha!  Must post some "Black Books".  Just rememebered it's great and has three of my favourite comedy types ever: Bill Bailey, Dylan Moran and Tamsin Greig (also fab in "Green Wing").  What's more, it tends to centre around the drink, of which I am also fond.  They just do drunk better than anyone.

Keywords: Bill Bailey, Black Books, comedy, Tamsin Greig, the drink, video

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Prompted by Richard's mention of Bill Bailey - love this joke:


My fave bits:

"One fellow stood all pale and wan / for he was a vegetarian!"

"The donkey - was not pleased..." 

Keywords: Bill Bailey, Chaucer

Posted by Lesley @ Comedy | 1 comment(s)

For me, it seems to be a certain kind of British sitcom, Blackadder, Red Dwarf and probably my all time favourite, Spaced. I'm really not into most current comedy, like The Office or Little Britain.

As far as stand up goes, Bill Bailey is the man, never fails to leave me crying with laughter. The kind of panel shows that he gets invited on to, like Never Mind The Buzzcocks and QI, usually tickle my funny bone, too.

Finally, away from all the distinctive Britishness, for some reason there's the Canadians, Corky And The Juice Pigs, Kids In The Hall and from Who's Line Is It Anyway, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles.

Keywords: Bill Bailey, Comedy, Sitcoms, Spaced

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February 01, 2007

You may be aware of this classic comedy routine, by an American comedian called Larry Miller.  You'll find an audio version of it here http://larrymillerhumor.com/media/  My fave bits include: "But I don't know anyone named Ruby!!" and "Hey fellas, fellas - if we all bought our own bar, we could live togther forever!"  Brings back memories of Scran Christmas night out...

It's 11:00 on a weeknight, you've had a few beers. You get up to leave because you have work the next day and one of your friends buys another round. One of your UNEMPLOYED friends. Here at level one you think to yourself, "Oh come on, this is silly, why as long as I get seven hours of sleep (snap fingers), I'm cool.".

It's midnight. You've had a few more beers. You've just spent 20 minutes arguing against artificial turf. You get up to leave again, but at level two, a little devil appears on your shoulder. And now you're thinking, "Hey! I'm out with my friends! What am I working for anyway? These are the good times! Besides, as long as I get five hours sleep (snaps fingers) I'm cool.".

One in the morning. You've abandoned beer for tequila. You've just spent 20 minutes arguing FOR artificial turf. And now you're thinking, "Our waitress is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen!" At level three, you love the world. On the way to the bathroom you buy a drink for the stranger at the end of the bar just because you like his face. You get drinking fantasies. (like,"Hey fellas, if we bought our own bar, we could live together forever. We could do it. Tommy, you could cook.") But at level three, that devil is a little bit bigger....and he's buying. And you're thinking "Oh, come on, come on now. As long as I get three hours sleep...and a complete change of blood (snaps fingers), I'm cool.".

Two in the morning. And the devil is bartending. For last call, you ordered a bottle of rum and a Coke. You ARE artificial turf! This time on your way to the bathroom, you punch the stranger at the end of the bar. Just because you don't like his face! And now you're thinking, "Our busboy is the best looking man I've ever seen." You and your friends decide to leave, right after you get thrown out, and one of you knows an ...after hours bar. And here, at level four, you actually think to yourself, "Well....as long as I'm only going to get a few hours sleep anyway, I may as well.... STAY UP ALL NIGHT!!!! Yeah! That'd be good for me. I don't mind going to that board meeting looking like Keith Richards. Yeah, I'll turn that around, make it work for me. And besides, as long as I get 31 hours sleep tomorrow ...................cool.

Five in the morning. after unsuccessfully trying to get your money back at the tattoo parlor ("But I don't even know anybody named Ruby!!!"), you and your friends wind up across the state line in a bar with guys who have been in prison as recently as...that morning. It's the kind of place where even the devil is going, "Uh, I gotta turn in. I gotta be in Hell- at nine. I've got that brunch with Hitler, I can't miss that." At this point, you're all drinking some kind of thick blue liquor, like something from a Klingon wedding. A waitress with fresh stitches comes over, and you think to yourself, "Someday I'm gonna marry that girl!!" One of your friends stands up and screams, "WE'RE DRIVIN' TO FLORIDA!!!!!"- and passes out. You crawl outside for air , and then you hit the worst part of level five- the sun. You weren't expecting that were you? You never do. You walk out of a bar in daylight, and you see people on their way to work, or jogging. And they look at you-and they know. And they say..."Who's Ruby?" Let's be honest, if you're 19 and you stay up all night, it's like a victory like you've beat the night, but if you're over 30, then that sun is like God's flashlight. We all say the same prayer then, "I swear, I will never do this again (how long?) as long as I live!" And some of us have that little addition, "and this time, I mean it!"

Keywords: drinking, Larry Miller

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January 31, 2007

I thought I'd blog this objectionable viewpoint.  In my experience it certainly is an unpopular one, but the thing is you need to see my Dad in action when he's watching it.

None of my pals seem to like LOTSW, but my pals are all in their 20s and 30s.  My Dad is 72.  Maybe that has something to do with it?  I suppose it's a show about old more mature folk for old more mature folk.  I do think it's quite funny: it's good old fashioned slapstick and the super-corny background music is great.  My dad, however, has never seen anything funnier.  

He's quite a taciturn man.  He's more prone to a wry chuckle than a belly laugh, but by 15 minutes into an episode he's propelling himself out of his chair with great peals of bronchi-splitting laughter and his collar is wet with the runoff of tears from his face.  The show might not be earth-shattering in its comedic brilliance, but his reaction is pure gold.

Does this convince anyone?

Keywords: comedy, Last of the Summer Wine, old people

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January 26, 2007

It's so, so difficult to choose just one sketch from this classic comedy sketch show to start off this blog, but elimintaing any with a few wee swearies, or that are close to the bone in terms of rudeness (oo-er) I've gone with this one.  I personally think the best ones are: Florence Nightingale who keeps swearing; the old school master revisiting the run down school and reminiscing and hearing rude voices in his head; the argument in the office about the banning of a certain intimate pastime; the work grievance between a man dressed as Jesus and a man dressed as the devil; the father teaching his son to ride a bike (this can be found on my own Scribble blog...)  You'll find tonnes on YouTube.  Well worth a browse: you will laugh - a lot...

Keywords: Big Train, comedy, funny, prison, song

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