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Alison Graham and Sal Woollaston liked it. They're two hip, with it, swinging cats.
xxp

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Cookd and Bombd fact: I once saw a noted C+B poster try to chat up a Little Britain fan, whilst he so clearly was trying to hold back his real views on Lucas and Walliams for the sake of poppage.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:17 (fourteen years ago) link

It got mostly good reviews did it not? And most people I spoke to thought it was pretty good, maybe not quite up w/ the first series

Feargal Hixxy (DJ Mencap), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Alison Graham: Copy and Paste Your Top 1000 Reasons Why She Is So Bad and Hated

Michael Philip Philip Philip Philip Annoyman (Ferg), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:17 (fourteen years ago) link

But why though? Is Gervais just some master of the percentage game, he knows that 20% ironic homophobia, 15% recycled Seinfeld gags, 32% broad catchphrase comedy, etc etc is the key to the nation's heart?

xp

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:18 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm calling it: Alison Graham is the worst fucking journalist on the planet today.

I would say that though, because I hate women.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:19 (fourteen years ago) link

who's your least favourite man hack? (you can't vote for yourself)

vita susicivus (blueski), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:20 (fourteen years ago) link

"Sam Wollaston
Wednesday January 3, 2007
The Guardian


Here's a scene. You're looking along your collection of CDs, or shuffling through your playlist, trying to find that new Lady Sovereign album or whatever. But you stumble across something else, something from 10 years ago - the Fugees, say."

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:21 (fourteen years ago) link

OTM

vita susicivus (blueski), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:22 (fourteen years ago) link

Sam Wollaston would then go on to mention how his "friend" really likes that Fugees album.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:22 (fourteen years ago) link

who's your least favourite man hack? (you can't vote for yourself)

That senile dribbling cunt with his own column in the Guardian weekend magazine.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Or Artrocker Comedy Racism Man

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:24 (fourteen years ago) link

that article i posted up thread is i think what john harris perecives his "controversial" articles to read like.

acrobat (elwisty), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:24 (fourteen years ago) link

SW will never spend any real money or time on "that new (some say only) Lady Sovereign album" or, indeed, "whatever."

That senile dribbling cunt with his own column in the Guardian weekend magazine.

Cue stock that's no way to talk about Zoe Williams gag.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:24 (fourteen years ago) link

Alison Graham doesn't have a Wikipedia entry. And Dom Passantino does.

Michael Philip Philip Philip Philip Annoyman (Ferg), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Where are the standards of today, I ask you.

I don't have a Wikipedia entry either.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:35 (fourteen years ago) link

Thursday, 20:00
Radio Ha Ha

Radio 4 turns over the airwaves to solid gold laughter, as Steve Punt joins up with a host of stars, backstage movers and industry shakers from the comedy industry with a two-hour special.

Variety shows and radio were the traditional routes to comedy fame and fortune, but what about today? Super agents, DVD sales, straight-to-TV stars; where does radio fit in? Steve and a panel of guests pick apart the laughter seam of the modern comedy industry, as well as generating a few jokes along the way.

Includes News Summary at 9.00pm.

Euai Kapaui (tracerhand), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:36 (fourteen years ago) link

In any given episode of "Extras", it could be 15% "brilliant", 25% "passable" and 60% "rubbish/obvious"...

like swimming in a cool sea and passing through a warm current, etc...

Where are the standards of today, I ask you.
I don't have a Wikipedia entry either.

-- Marcello Carlin (marcellocarli...)

Oh, have I got one?

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:37 (fourteen years ago) link

you are diligently referenced on both j harris' and a petridis' though marcello.

acrobat (elwisty), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Search
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You searched for mark grout [Index]

No page with that title exists.

Whew.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:39 (fourteen years ago) link

before that little derail folks was talkin' about the public / critical reaction to extras s2. the critical raves so often feel like wishful thinking. wanting, needing to have that generation defining masterpiece happening on your watch. i have yet to meet anyone who regards extras as anything other than ok or entertaining.

also on the bad can someone please put Have I Got News For You out of its misery.

acrobat (elwisty), Monday, 15 January 2007 13:58 (fourteen years ago) link

At the risk of inviting hate mail, I'd argue that Gervais and Merchant's second sitcom is, objectively, a patchy programme.

At the risk of, on this reviewer's logic, inviting lynch-mobs to my door, I'd argue that Extras was shite.

You've Got Scourage On Your Breath (Haberdager), Monday, 15 January 2007 14:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Radio Ha Ha is great. I was fooled by it the first time.

vita susicivus (blueski), Monday, 15 January 2007 14:10 (fourteen years ago) link

sometimes writers employ rhetorical devices.

xpost

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Monday, 15 January 2007 14:10 (fourteen years ago) link

wait, i'm thinking of that other thing on radio 4. carry on. xpost

vita susicivus (blueski), Monday, 15 January 2007 14:10 (fourteen years ago) link

xpost: Yes, but I still think the sentence panders unnecessarily towards Extras when it can really go for the kill instead.

You've Got Scourage On Your Breath (Haberdager), Monday, 15 January 2007 14:12 (fourteen years ago) link

'This week: Worzel says all reggae is vile.' thread actually linked to from John Harris wikipedia!

vita susicivus (blueski), Monday, 15 January 2007 14:12 (fourteen years ago) link

A handful of contributors to the I Love Music boards have strongly attacked what they as a thread of covert racism in some of his work

vita susicivus (blueski), Monday, 15 January 2007 14:13 (fourteen years ago) link

david quantick wrote a book about chris rock?

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Monday, 15 January 2007 14:16 (fourteen years ago) link

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS COMING OUT OF MY QUIZZICALLY PURSED LIPS?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 14:18 (fourteen years ago) link

to get off the hate and link to Quantick... TV Burp is back on Saturday! woo! Harry on this year's CBB should be a joy.

acrobat (elwisty), Monday, 15 January 2007 14:28 (fourteen years ago) link

for reference or summat from the green wing thread:

To put things into context: Harry Hill aside, all British TV Comedy right now is total shit.

-- Ruairi Wirewool (horseproduction...), January 15th, 2007. (Ruairi Wirewool) (later)


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what were the chances of that happening?
-- mark grout (mark.grou...), January 15th, 2007. (mark grout) (later)


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If you can put CT and Green Wing on a par, you truly show a lack of discernment IMO.
Frankly, now that GW has been and gone, I'm inclined to agree with Ruairi, minus the bit about Harry Hill.

-- You've Got Scourage On Your Breath (papiermachealamphibia...), January 15th, 2007. (Haberdager) (later)


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If you can put CT and Green Wing on a par, you truly show a lack of discernment IMO.
no it's just a 'higher' (or rather 'stricter') level of discernment.

-- vita susicivus (n...), January 15th, 2007. (blueski) (later)


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'the thick of it' will be back, later in the year, and so will 'peep show'.
-- the original hauntology blogging crew (miltonpinsk...), January 15th, 2007. (Enrique) (later)


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but in a another more accurate sense...
-- mark s (mar...), January 15th, 2007. (mark s) (later)


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but then i do like Harry Hill so it's apples and roundabouts.
-- vita susicivus (n...), January 15th, 2007. (blueski) (later)


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rubbish
-- RJG (RJ...), January 15th, 2007. (RJG) (later)


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so you keep saying
-- vita susicivus (n...), January 15th, 2007. (blueski) (later)


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RJG's TV Burp
-- Dom Passantino (juror...), January 15th, 2007. (Dom Passantino) (later)


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Hmm. I was only talking about currently-running comedy shows. If Peep Show returns for a fourth bite at the cherry (and TTOI for a second), I will only be too delighted. Of course, the one I'm really looking out for is Nathan Barley II.
-- You've Got Scourage On Your Breath (papiermachealamphibia...), January 15th, 2007. (Haberdager) (later)


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i think it would be a big ask for there to be a 'great' uk comedy series to be running all 52 weeks of the year. i have low standards perhaps; but i don't ask for a 'great' film each month either.
-- the original hauntology blogging crew (miltonpinsk...), January 15th, 2007. (Enrique) (later)


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of course i too want 'nathan barley' back.
-- the original hauntology blogging crew (miltonpinsk...), January 15th, 2007. (Enrique) (later)


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They could drop scissors on a dog's head this time.
-- Dom Passantino (juror...), January 15th, 2007. (Dom Passantino) (later)


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uh, rose-tinted view there i reckon - but at least it was generating interesting discussion.
one episode of Screen Wipe a month would be good. ditto TV Burp.

-- vita susicivus (n...), January 15th, 2007. (blueski) (later)


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ha ha Dom OTM
-- vita susicivus (n...), January 15th, 2007. (blueski) (later)


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as with 'green wing', take away the hype and the expectation it'll live up to 'the day today' and 'nathan barley' was 23 minutes well-spent. i lolled anyway.
-- the original hauntology blogging crew (miltonpinsk...), January 15th, 2007. (Enrique) (later)


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i didn't laugh more than i did laugh etc.
-- vita susicivus (n...), January 15th, 2007. (blueski) (later)

acrobat (elwisty), Monday, 15 January 2007 15:00 (fourteen years ago) link

We're, what, 18 months away from NB now? Can we work out why it was so bad and so hated yet?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 15:02 (fourteen years ago) link

we already did!

vita susicivus (blueski), Monday, 15 January 2007 15:03 (fourteen years ago) link

like, 5 minutes after the end credits!

vita susicivus (blueski), Monday, 15 January 2007 15:03 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm talking about THE BENEFIT OF DISTANCE AND HINDSIGHT

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 15:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Charlie Brooker's Monday G2 column is weird because you can see the video game journalist in him threatening to break through at any moment. qf the Geoff Capes gag in today's etc.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 15:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Louis you seem to be assuming that the guy from the Indie actually thinks Extras is shite, which isn't what he's saying. Something can be patchy and still have plenty of redeeming features overall

Feargal Hixxy (DJ Mencap), Monday, 15 January 2007 15:06 (fourteen years ago) link

It wasn't bad. It was funny, well-drawn and turn-itself-inside-out clever, not to mention superbly casted and acted. It needs re-watching cos it skips from one idea to the next so quick, but yeh, it's awesome.

And Screen Wipe rocks.

Johnney B English (stigoftdump), Monday, 15 January 2007 15:07 (fourteen years ago) link

Brooker should start doing his columns in cartoon strip form, like those ads for some gaming shop or other that were always in Gamesmaster magazine

Feargal Hixxy (DJ Mencap), Monday, 15 January 2007 15:08 (fourteen years ago) link

ok 'nathan barley' in the oh-7: that corner of east london had probably lost its edge well before 2005, but now it feels even less edgy. the kind of magazine the show is lampooning is long gone. i have even forgotten the name of that sleazenation guy the guardian hired. but there were some very good throwaway gags.

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Monday, 15 January 2007 15:10 (fourteen years ago) link

the IT crowd was about 300 times better than nathan barley if we're talking post being any good chris morris.

acrobat (elwisty), Monday, 15 January 2007 16:04 (fourteen years ago) link

i know a person who knows the redhead, from that.

it was good, but not 300 times better than 'nathan barley'.

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Monday, 15 January 2007 16:05 (fourteen years ago) link

30 times?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 16:06 (fourteen years ago) link

IT Crowd would've been a lot better without the Irish guy.

vita susicivus (blueski), Monday, 15 January 2007 16:06 (fourteen years ago) link

no. i actually disagree that it's better, but even if i dodn't i wouldn't say more than 1.5 times.

xpost

steve otm

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Monday, 15 January 2007 16:07 (fourteen years ago) link

it had jokes and didn't feel like an attempt to make a big insightful statement about something. nathan barley missed so many targets, pulled so many punches and generally got the tone wrong (we should HATE NB) that for me at least its glaring faults overrid any of it's mildly amusing qualities.

acrobat (elwisty), Monday, 15 January 2007 16:22 (fourteen years ago) link

well this was the thing, we weren't entirely supposed to hate nathan barley.

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Monday, 15 January 2007 16:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Are you sure that's not just because they fucked up the characterisation?

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 15 January 2007 16:25 (fourteen years ago) link

oh he was hateable enough but his foil dan ashcroft, ie the viewers, was not much better. and i guess you can hate someone and be jealous of them.

the original hauntology blogging crew (Enrique), Monday, 15 January 2007 16:31 (fourteen years ago) link

not saying there are any on here, just if you know any

Okay, fair enough.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 19 February 2021 13:25 (two months ago) link

Toby Young is also a political commentator, so the badness is his reason to exist and I can know to stay away from it. Baddiel and Robinson are entertainers, so the bad takes are an unwelcome interference. Not that I think entertainers should stay away from politics or anything, but it's just a totally different situation imo.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 19 February 2021 13:42 (two months ago) link

Not that I think entertainers should stay away from politics or anything

They absolutely should be able to offer their political perspectives, but everyone else equally has the right to challenge them - which I think is what a number of these Twitter loudmouth celebs take issue with.

chap, Friday, 19 February 2021 13:51 (two months ago) link

i liked rose matefeo from the moment she curled up in one of the Hypothetical chairs. her stint on taskmaster confirmed this, the ghillie suit, the serenade task. and i thought she got Dead Pixels character pitch perfect.

so Horn Dog (bbc1 yesterday, iplayer) was a bit of a surprise. her standup is a bit full on, talking almost too fast, swearing lots. funny though, and the end was a triumph.

koogs, Friday, 26 February 2021 04:10 (two months ago) link

I found Jessica Knappert very charming on Taskmaster, is Drifters any good?

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 5 March 2021 14:03 (two months ago) link

maybe geoff norcott can get his own show now?

koogs, Friday, 12 March 2021 11:48 (one month ago) link

Taskmaster returns on thursday.

fave thing at the moment though, the thing i find myself laughing at most, is Teen First Dates, because the kids are naturally funny (and mostly charming. think there's only been one car crash so far, the chicken guy)

koogs, Monday, 15 March 2021 13:26 (one month ago) link

I've been loving Teen First Dates too, particularly the kiddy who kept on thinking calling his very short date a hobbit was very good flirting.

Chicken guy was excruciating.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Monday, 15 March 2021 19:45 (one month ago) link

and, of course, the episode after i mention it was the worst yet. I'd never watch the adult version because i imagine it to be full of players and people seemingly set up to be laughed at and the kids version has been nicely devoid of that, until last night.

koogs, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 04:12 (one month ago) link

The only time I ever saw the adult one they had a Tory couple with one whose claim to fame was trolling a guy on lbc and one who thought she was the most attractive woman to ever work in Westminster. It was nauseating, and also a bit like a fast show sketch, and it felt like they weren’t real people. I didn’t watch another episode.

a hoy hoy, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 14:02 (one month ago) link

At its best, the adult one can be genuinely quite sweet and heartwarming. But yeah there are plenty of pricks on it too.

chap, Tuesday, 16 March 2021 15:26 (one month ago) link

Just caught up with Crashing on Netflix - overall quite patchy and obviously Waller-Bridge finding her feet, but the curry night episode is flat out hilarious.

chap, Thursday, 25 March 2021 09:13 (one month ago) link

Comic Strip repeats on London live are now beyond the ones i ever saw at the time. this one, Les Dogs, has Kate Bush in it.

(last couple have been a mess though)

koogs, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 20:28 (one month ago) link

This one wasn't exactly very coherent, as well as not being even remotely funny but I suspect it wasn't really designed to be.

Duncan Disorderly (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 April 2021 21:18 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

i do love the vindictive single-person tasks on taskmaster but tonight's was especially classic: "Fart. Fastest wins."

koogs, Thursday, 22 April 2021 20:24 (two weeks ago) link

(except that ended up quite disturbing)

koogs, Friday, 23 April 2021 10:03 (two weeks ago) link

I haven't laughed as much in ages as I did at the unexpected ending to that task.

ailsa, Friday, 23 April 2021 13:16 (two weeks ago) link

anyone watched Frank of Ireland?

Quite astoundingly shite based on the first episode (and any other clips I've seen)

Like we all know TV is a cesspool of nepotism but you think someone would have stepped in at some point

Number None, Friday, 23 April 2021 14:16 (two weeks ago) link

i managed five minutes.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Friday, 23 April 2021 14:44 (two weeks ago) link

I watched the whole thing because you never know when you're going to see someone you know, but yeah, it wasn't good.

trishyb, Friday, 23 April 2021 20:20 (two weeks ago) link

Only saw the end but that wasn't very good.
Partridge is back next Friday though!

kinder, Friday, 23 April 2021 21:57 (two weeks ago) link

Counterpoint: Frank of Ireland isn't total shit, merely very mediocre. C4 hyping it like the new Father Ted, though.

chap, Friday, 23 April 2021 22:57 (two weeks ago) link

Scots seem to love it based on an informal survey of my Facebook feed.

Andrew Farrell, Friday, 23 April 2021 23:06 (two weeks ago) link

Frank Of Ireland absolute embarrassing joke drought. What has Domhnal Gleeson done to deserve this?

The fart Taskmaster was hilarious. "It's like a casserole down there."

Fine ham abounds, mom (stevie), Monday, 26 April 2021 09:05 (one week ago) link

Mike Wozniak very good all round on Taskmaster. I feel sorry for Charlotte, hope she wins a show at least.

chap, Monday, 26 April 2021 10:09 (one week ago) link

Isn't his brother the show's creator? xp

groovypanda, Monday, 26 April 2021 10:31 (one week ago) link

he's got previous with greg on Man Down, which i keep forgetting. but yes, from about 5 seconds into episode 1, he was obviously going to be good value.

koogs, Monday, 26 April 2021 10:33 (one week ago) link

My very first exposure to After Life was the scene with the plastic surgery casualty, and I was howling. Things got really sentimental after that, I wonder what the ilx consensus is on this one. I tried a Google search to no avail

cerebral halsey (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 04:16 (one week ago) link

i am enjoying Starstruck after the first two episodes. nice casting, fun acting, decent script, clearly a fantasy but a fairly compassionate and enjoyable one with about two genuine laughs per half hour. Matafeo is a new face for me and is welcome.

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 29 April 2021 14:46 (one week ago) link

her series of Taskmaster was good

koogs, Thursday, 29 April 2021 15:29 (one week ago) link

My boss just recommended Starstruck to me. Really like Rose Matafeo so will definitely give it a go.

ailsa, Thursday, 29 April 2021 18:35 (one week ago) link

re starstruck : i watched 3 eps today and really enjoyed it.
doesn't do anything out of the box, just some very welcome, feel good vibes with lots of chuckles.
looking forward to seeing the rest this weekend.
and yeah, she was very good on taskmaster.

mark e, Thursday, 29 April 2021 19:04 (one week ago) link

I can only watch one episode at a time because Ireland, but I really enjoyed the first episode. Exactly what forks and mark e said. Nothing groundbreaking, but a very good feeling from the whole thing.

Did you see the film she did with Neville from the Harry Potter films? It's good too.

trishyb, Thursday, 29 April 2021 20:13 (one week ago) link

Did you see the film she did with Neville from the Harry Potter films? It's good too.

not yet. been waiting for it to hit a streaming service which it has to given circumstances.
saw a clip on the last leg (i think !?), and it looked really good.

mark e, Thursday, 29 April 2021 20:28 (one week ago) link

Her comedy special, Horndog, is really good - we were keen to see her after, er, seeing her and David O'Doherty on Celebrity Pointless.

Andrew Farrell, Thursday, 29 April 2021 21:58 (one week ago) link

We saw her live at Kilkenny a few years ago. Annoyingly, she was on a bill with three very well-known Irish comics, so everyone was there to see them, and she got very nervous because it wasn't going all that well (it wasn't horrible or anything, just, you know) and she talked really really fast and got a bit squeaky, but we liked her very much all the same.

trishyb, Thursday, 29 April 2021 22:04 (one week ago) link

The new This Time was a mixed bag, as always.

chap, Saturday, 1 May 2021 00:03 (one week ago) link

agreed, but I liked it. I got more out of s1 on a rewatch. the three different phone icons was spot on, can't remember what else cracked me up

kinder, Saturday, 1 May 2021 09:13 (one week ago) link

The body language section was good.

chap, Saturday, 1 May 2021 09:36 (one week ago) link

Motherland starts again on monday

followed by new Inside Number 9

koogs, Saturday, 8 May 2021 16:42 (yesterday) link


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