26 August 2007
22 August 2007
Nominations for the top Award: Andrew Lawrence (dark comedy insulting others); Andrew Maxwell (story telling); Brendon Burns (offensive comedy designed to shock but with a big finale); Ivan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Roadshow (character comedy as a Radio DJ playing a lot of music); Pappy's Fun Club (sketch comedy which is apparently eerily similar to last year's nominees We Are Klang).
I'm stunned! No space for Lawrence Leung or Rhod Gilbert let alone Michael McIntyre - it's unexplainable. All nominees have received mixed reviews from the press and public alike whereas the previous three gentlemen have earned nothing but stunning write-ups. The best Newcomer Nominations seem a little bit more sensible although somehow Nina Conti doesn't get a mention? The line up is Jon Richardson; Micky Flanagan; Tom Basden; Zoe Lyons. Saturday night at midnight is decision time, if you don't want to wait until then there can only really be one sane outcome ... Brendon Burns to follow in Phil Nichol's footsteps as the latest winner of the top award in Edinburgh.
20 August 2007
18 August 2007
17 August 2007
14 August 2007
This has annoyed me, and many other people, greatly. As we pay a large monthly subscription to watch Sky Sports we should not have areas of the game blocked out unnecessarily when the info bar can be positioned quite happily in the top left of the screen. To that extent I have created an online petition to insist Sky move the bar back to the top left where it belongs and where it will not disrupt the coverage. Please sign it if you feel the same.
12 August 2007
11 August 2007
10 August 2007
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6 August 2007
This is where Kate Copstick comes in. Rather than giving Simon a poor review for weak material and an ending that bombed spectacularly (when he left the stage he ran off to about four seconds of applause and then the clapping stopped dead), Kate somehow thinks he is some form of visionary and has giving him four stars! The mind boggles! To add further salt to the wound, Kate closes her review with "This goes against all my beliefs about comedy, but I think he doesn't need a better ending, he needs a better audience. I hope I haven't alienated anyone". You must be joking! Your review came out today meaning you either saw him on Saturday or on Sunday with me. The first third of the show was carried by the people who have paid to see him because they recognise him off TV and laughed at everything he said, even joking about give a poor guy in the front row AIDS for real! The middle part was passable at best and his final third was weak limping along to arguably the single *worst* ending to any comedy show I have ever seen! Even Brendon Burns asking a woman to kick him in the nuts in Jongleurs was better than this! Yes you have alienated nearly 500 people by saying they don't know comedy and you have some form of mystic power of judging comics, somehow related to their mainstream TV appearances. The only thing worse than Simon Amstell's two star (and very best) show is the disgraceful way Kate Copstick ended her review insulting every audience member except herself. Avoid them both at all costs! [BTW the current rating on edfringe.com is 2.75 out of 5 with 31 votes in and it seems during the preview shows he has admitted to the audience his performance have been rubbish!]
5 August 2007
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18 July 2007
11 July 2007
4 July 2007
UPDATED: It seems Disney are correct. Maybe Disney actually control the weather and are just trying to shift excess stock this year?
1 July 2007
28 June 2007
24 June 2007
BTW I wouldn't advise trying to steal this supermarket trolley. My superior observational skills tell me that it has some for of security alarm installed.
23 June 2007
21 June 2007
"Ever since JK Rowling began work on Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, literally the most important question in the whole universe was 'Will Harry Potter die?' Some said that Harry Potter would die, others begged JK Rowling not to kill Harry Potter and most of us didn't actually care because it's just a children's book and nobody ever made this much fuss over whether Mr Tickle bought it at the end of his book." Magic!
20 June 2007
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7 June 2007
Anyway, on to more serious business: comedy. In order to give something back I've created the following two lists. The first is a list of red hot shows that are guaranteed to be sensational. The second is a list of really big names that should deliver during 2007 – very few big names do deliver against their reputation (you can just label those comics who live off their undeserved reputation as Extras). Either way, book your tickets and then come back to post comments on my reviews on 2007.
Absolute bankers (in order):
Phil Nichol (including his one night only reprise of last year's The Naked Racist)
Russell Howard (no, I'm not just listing the nominees for the Eddies from last year, I went to see these four last year because of the hype built up about them before the Festival)
Big names that should deliver (in no particular order):
Reginald D Hunter
Puppetry of the Penis
Killer Joe – Phil Nichol stars in it, 'nuff said
Breaker Morant – Phil Nichol co-directs, should be interesting
Xenu – It mocks it to Scientology, pay to go and see it
Fatboy – Last chance to see it before it gets adapted in to feature film
29 May 2007
14 May 2007
1 May 2007
Santa Monica – the liberal capital of CA, you must try Mr Cecil's huge beef ribs!
Universal Studios – Jurassic Park, Terminator 2: 3D and Waterworld Stage Show are worth the trip to LA alone!
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – We were in the audience during filming and on the title credits!
Disneyland & California Adventure Land – Soarin' Over CA via IMAX is astonishing and Muppets 3D is always cool!
Downtown LA – the architecture, Little Tokyo, the Mexican district and of course the Walt Disney Theatre!
Shopping – From Bevery Hills and Rodeo Drive to Hollywood & Boulevard and of course Wal Mart (walked in the front door and all I see are George clothes and the smiley Always Low(ering) Prices tag line)!
And the single biggest reason to visit LA? Not spotting celebrities, not viewing past their homes, not even the LAPD getting carried away or even the Krispy Kreme Kafe donut making factory ... it was spending two hours whizzing around on a Seagway!!!! It's possibly the single most enjoyable thing I've every done and everyone should try it!
Anyway, a picture says a million words so here are a million pictures.
11 April 2007
10 April 2007
First 10 minutes: As predicted Gene is a tumour. Kill him and you can escape.
Main 40 minutes: Erm, we don't have anything left. No one believes he is really in '73, so let's hope to fool some gullible person with an overview of the main themes in Total Recall (you know, the film Paul Verhoeven directed right after Robocop). Hell, Total Recall was even set on Mars!
Introduction of key information minutes before end: Barman says "you'll know it's real if you can feel it". Slightly later than normal episodes but it is the last episode.
Final 10 minutes: Need a final ending. Okay, let's rip off not-very-well-known Spanish film Abre Los Ojos. Oh wait, didn't Tom Cruise remake that as Vanilla Sky and even have the top-of-the-building shot, panning around before he runs and jumps? Damn, let's hope nobody notices.
Very final thought: Actually, I prefer the dream world of 1973, I'd rather give in to the tumour and die than live in the current day.
My initial reaction was the ‘waking up’ segment was actually a dream, or lighter part of the coma, which he experiences as they come closer to saving him. The then rejects it and gives in to the deep coma and death. It seems the writers didn’t mean this, they meant to show that he did wake up – meaning the ‘I can’t feel a knife in my thumb’ scene was just contradictory as it was real. He then kills himself by jumping off the building so he can have one last second in his imaginary world (which will last an eternity in his mind) before he dies.
I haven't seen a final episode as bad as this since they destroyed eleven year's work with the final five episode story-arc of Frasier. Tonight's episode was "written" by the co-creator so they no one else to blame other than themselves. A very sad way to go out.
1. Gene is a manifestation of the brain damage that Sam has been fighting off. He is all the bad things that you would do in Sam's policing world. When he finally defeats Gene, he comes out of the coma.
2. The temporary DCI (Morgan) is the surgeon and WDI (Annie) is a nurse who has been looking after Sam. She has always looked out for him.
3. We somehow find out that Sam has in fact been back in time, perhaps by the use of a photograph.
Now let's check back in a few hours and see just how right I was!
8 March 2007
20 February 2007
8 February 2007
conceded well within kicking distance of the posts however it was a technical infringement and Wigan were not allowed to kick at goal. In football terms it was an in-direct free kick. Why not introduce this into Rugby Union to prevent essentially nil-nil games being settled on people kicking from near the half way line? Then again, why save Rugby Union when we can all just watch Rugby League...
4 February 2007
23 January 2007
I am reliably informed by a colleague, let's call him Richard B - no, let's call him R. Brook, that a dog school in Edinburgh refuses, point blank, to accept West Highland Terriers into their class as they are too stupid to learn anything! Maybe the only thing they are good for is turning into a dog skin rug...
20 January 2007
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1 January 2007
Back outside there was a building problem. When you tell thousands of people to leave Princes Street but still put the fireworks on then the are going to congregate in the nearest large area, namely North Bridge where there are no tickets needed! On the other hand we had a piper play in the New Year and then the Frank Sinatra impersonator (when he was alive) came back out before the disco finished off the evening. When the evening ended at 2am we were still on hold for a taxi. In the end it arrived at 3:05am and we were sitting in front of a roaring real fire on comfortable sofas. If we had been anywhere else other than a hotel we'd have been kicked out on the street long ago. At least I've given something back to the hotel - the cocktail expert there now knows how to make a Swamp Thing!