Archive for the ‘Comedy’ Category
Impressionist and Strictly Come Dancing veteran Rory Bremner is getting set to take a satirical look at the issue of Scottish independence in a new one-off BBC comedy programme called Rory Goes to Holyrood.
The Scottish comedian, who has spent most of his life in England, will return to his homeland in the programme and discover that he’s not quite up-to-date with the current state of Scottish politics.
He’ll journey from Aberdeen to Westminster during the special, meeting politicians, personalities and the public along the way, before performing a stand-up gig in Edinburgh based on the wealth of knowledge and material he amasses on his tour.
“Coming back to Scotland in the run-up to the Referendum, I realised I knew almost nothing about Scottish Politics. Time I did,” said Bremner. “And why is there so little political comedy in Scotland outside the Parliament? Time to make sense (and nonsense) of it all.”
“Gay-mageddon” is upon us, Stephen Colbert informed on Tuesday night. “The gay swarm has descended on the Supreme Court.” In light of the court taking on the Prop 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases, Colbert tackled the issue from a cultural angle — as well as the impeccable logic of one particular politician.
“Folks, if we lose either of these two cases,” Colbert warned, America will be “lost in a sea of hedonism.” Which isn’t to say it hasn’t already begun, he argued, pointing to the polling showing significant support for gay marriage. “What’s the hurry, gays?” he asked.
The “terrifying decay of public morals” (when the founders wrote the constitution “homosexuals weren’t even invented yet”) led Colbert to one man who simply isn’t falling for it. In “The Word’s” segment on “narcicitizenship,” we got a closer look at Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) who, asked about gay marriage, offered the gem of a response, “I’m not gay, so I’m not going to marry one.”
One of the most controversial political attack ads of the year didn’t originate with an actual candidate or political party. It came from Stephen Colbert. Or more accurately, “Stephen Colbert,” his satirical alter ego. The ad was funded by Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow, a super PAC formed by Colbert as part of his “exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for [his] possible candidacy for president of the United States of South Carolina.” The super PAC ad suggested, in no uncertain terms, that presidential hopeful Mitt Romney might be a serial killer. “He’s Mitt the Ripper,” the voice-over declared. When asked about the ads by George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, Colbert (or “Colbert”) claimed ignorance. “I had nothing to do with that ad,” he said. Technically he was following to the letter the rules of super PACs, which are allowed, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling, to raise unlimited funds for attack ads without being directly connected to a campaign or candidate.
“I don’t know if Mitt Romney is a serial killer,” he told Stephanopoulos. “That’s a question he’s going to have to answer.… I do not want any untrue ads on the air that could in any way be traced back to me.”
It was brilliant political satire—earning Colbert a prestigious Peabody Award, his second—that crossed into the realm of performance art. Colbert mocked the system from within, using himself as a comedic straw man. Although Colbert’s main gig is behind a desk as host of Comedy Central’s faux pundit news show The Colbert Report, it wasn’t the first time he’d blurred the line between satirist and subject. Colbert has mocked President George W. Bush to his face at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, testified before the House Subcommittee on Immigration (where he called for Americans “to stop eating fruits and vegetables”) and co-hosted with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart a political rally on the National Mall that attracted an estimated 215,000 participants.
Poor Bastard Who Just Started Watching ‘Lost’ In For World Of Disappointment | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source
Local man Adam Gould, 24, who recently began watching ABC’s science-fiction drama series Lost on DVD, is in for a whole world of disappointment, sources close to the unsuspecting schmuck confirmed Wednesday. “This show is amazing,” said Gould, who is currently working his way through the last few decent episodes of season one with no fucking idea how hard this show is about to let him down. “I’m so excited to see how they start tying all the threads together, answering the big questions. Like why is everyone on the island healing so fast, and does it have anything to do with the smoke monster? It’s all going to end with a bang, that’s for sure.” At press time, a heartbreakingly enthusiastic Gould was reportedly working on an elaborate theory about why there was a polar bear on the island.
Circuit comedian Steven Anderson has died unexpectedly in his sleep at the age of 49.
Fellow comics have paid tribute to the TV presenter turned stand-up after the news was made public online
Anderson hosted Top Of The Pops on a couple of occasions in the Nineties, appeared on Casualty and was a ‘confidence coach’ on BBC Two dating show Would Like To Meet, but turned to stand-up in 2007; opening the Portable Comedy Club in London the following year.
Comedian Rob Heeney, who broke the news of his death on Facebook, said Anderson was buried in Stourbridge yesterday.
On the social networking site, fellow comic Kevin Dewsbury wrote: ‘Wtf! I often met up with steven when I came back to London now and again, can’t believe it RIP Steven.’
JoJo Smith said: ‘Oh my goodness. I remember him from back in the Clinic days. He was a terrific guy. Gone far too young!’
And Rich Wilson added: ‘That’s a shock! He was a bit of a scamp but I liked him. RIP Steven.
Anderson was known on the circuit for having a business card designed in the manner of a driving licence.
Whenever a show like Citizen Khan comes on the TV, the Guardian and various politically correct types get very twitchy – accusing the BBC and others of racism. The absurdity of it is that if the ethnicity of the character was changed, and it was just a white Christian man in a Christian family they wouldn’t bat an eyelid – such is their hypocrisy. They also go into some ideologically torment because one of the writers is actually Asian so they cannot heap racism at them.
They had probably written their critical pieces before they had even seen it.
Some (good and bad) articles are here – Guardian, Independent, Telegraph and BBC
The bigger issue though is that it is another example of television (and the media in general) portraying men and fathers as idiots.
The main character is made to look like a buffoon but he is the one that came to the country (the show’s words not mine), worked his backside off to create a business and a home for his wife and family – and he is portrayed as an idiot.
It is another example in the long line of characters that show men as idiots and used to undermine men and fathers. Where is the equivalent about a women and mother.
Citizen Khan is not racist it’s men-hating.
Ricky Gervais has been filming a pilot of a new series set in an old folks’ home.
The ensemble piece features his sidekick Karl Pilkington in his first proper acting role as well as Cemetery Junction actor David Earl – known on the comedy circuit for the character Brian Gittins.
It’s believed the show revolves around Gervais’s character Derek Noakes, a mentally challenged aspiring comedian who loves animals and still lives with his mum.
Gervais has been dropping hints about the show on his blog and on Twitter, without giving too much away, but including a photograph of Pilkington in character.
He wrote: ‘Finished filming the little pilot with Karl today. We both had the best time ever. He really got a buzz out of acting. He was playing a complete weirdo div useless miserable bald-headed Manc twat. He nailed it.
And in a separate tweet he added: ‘Couldn’t get through a scene with David Earl being a letch and Karl as a celibate…”I’m not bothered” Everyone corpsing, every take.’
These are not examples of random crackpot medical experiments. All of the following were performed by well-respected, influential physicians and researchers during their time.
What we’re trying to say is that these individuals have thrown down the proverbial gauntlet of badassery, making most of modern-day medicine look really, really lame.