Dylan Moran in Black Books

Legal Fidgey-Widgeyness

The technical term for when your brain tries to explode with impatience at wording in legal documents…. as demonstrated by the calm and patient* Mr Black in “Black Books” *caution: there may be some irony used If you like this scene, do search out the whole series of “Black Books” on DVD – if in the UK, you can probably watch it on “Channel4 OnDemand”. … Continue reading Legal Fidgey-Widgeyness

Dylan Moran, writing comedy

Dylan Moran: on Writing Comedy

“I don’t analyse it too much, otherwise I’d freeze up and fall over, like a fridge”. Interviewed at the Edinburgh Festival, on BBC Radio 5 Live, this is sparkling, fascinating, honest talk on political power, the world, the universe and writing comedy. The interviewer, Nihal Arthanayake, talks to him about how he goes about writing comedy. Immediately, Dylan says he doesn’t investigate why he writes … Continue reading Dylan Moran: on Writing Comedy

Comedy writing – Monty Python

As a fully-paid up comedy writing fan, I’m delighted by a Youtube documentary “Life before the Flying Circus” – featuring the background to the Monty Python comedy team. I’ve watched lots of comedy documentaries in my time, and will seek out ones on Monty Python – but this programme seems to have the edge over so many I have already seen.  It not only has … Continue reading Comedy writing – Monty Python

Friday Night is Health and Safety Film Night: Easy Money

Yes, Patrons, in 2018, back without popular demand: Friday night is Health and Safety Film Night at this particular blog circus tent. Tonight’s lecture subject is: “Easy Money”.  Yes, that’s “Easy Money”.  See, I even said the word “money” quite simply.  It’s easy.  But not so simple to pick up.  Roll the cinefilm, Beowulf, there’s a lamb. The obvious lesson here, lecturees, is to adjust … Continue reading Friday Night is Health and Safety Film Night: Easy Money

Comedy Food: Letitia Cropley

I’m beginning to think that the overcrowded market of cookery books lacks one thing – a really funny cookery book.  Here is one of the Master Chefs of the craft: Letitia Cropley, a neighbour of the Vicar of Dibley.  Who always managed to add that little “Je ne sais quoi” ingredient to traditional recipes: Letitia Cropley has previous “form” in rare cuisine, but is always … Continue reading Comedy Food: Letitia Cropley

cartoon, housecleaning, after party

Clearing up after the party – animation

Betty Boop struggles to clear up after yesterday’s party.  Fortunately, her inventor friend, Gramps, has some inventive ideas.  I especially like way he deals with laundry. The sound and picture may seem a little dated and scratchy – but what do you expect from a lady who’s 80 years old?  It’s still got energy and boop boopy boop. Continue reading Clearing up after the party – animation