Comedy Gig Review: Richard Herring at St. David’s Hall

I’ve been a Richard Herring fan for quite a while now, and seen him perform before but this is the first of his touring shows I’ve gone to see. I bought tickets for MWF and I and we headed to the St. David’s Hall last night.

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The show’s title is Happy Now? And it sees Herring reflecting on how his life as changed since becoming a husband and father. Herring discusses the nature of happiness and whether it’s possible to be actually, truly happy. And whether being perfectly happy all the time would be a good thing.

It’s a funny, clever show as Herring talks about how happiness is a temporary state and that we actually need the downs to appreciate the highs. It’s a sensible idea and Herring uses the theme to go off on several weird tangents.

I laughed consistently throughout and thoroughly enjoyed, as a fan of Herring’s mix of the silly, crude and actually quite thoughtful I found it worked brilliantly. MWF was less familiar with his style and while she laughed quite a bit wasn’t won over. I think it was Herring’s talk of sex robots that lost her. And she did not appreciate his argument that sleeping with a sex robot doesn’t count as infidelity.

If you like big ideas explored with a bit of vulgarity and snark then this is for you, and there’s enough warmth and self awareness to keep it on track. It’s a very entertaining night at the theatre and on leaving I at least was happy.

8/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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Comedy Gig Review: Michael McIntyre at the Duchess Theatre, London

MWF had chanced upon free tickets for this gig, where Michael McIntyre was due to perform in a small venue to test out new material. At twenty quid each it was too good a chance to pass up and so on Monday night we headed to the Duchess.

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It was a very small theatre, with only a couple of hundred seats and it was pretty much full. It was a great opportunity to see McIntyre working a smaller crowd as he can pack out arenas. Personally I like the small room as it encourages more interaction and feels more relaxed.

McIntyre delivered what you expect, cheerful observational fare which was solidly entertaining and kept the laughs flowing. There was a sense of it being a work in progress, but it was fun to see him riffing and then pausing to scribble notes.

It means that when we see him perform later we’ll have a feeling of being first to see some of his stuff, including great routine about his kids’ toilet habits (“Who’s poo?!” Makes for a decent catchphrase) and given the small setting he also discussed a trip to White Hart Lane and offered a shock revelation about one ex-Spurs player.

McIntyre had support from Charlie Baker and Seann Walsh. Baker struggled with a crowd who didn’t seem to know what to make of his singing and dancing schtick, and the response was mild.

Walsh, who’s sarky curmudgeon persona is a delight and he offered keen observation. The crowd were a little standoffish at first but Walsh won the room and by the end was getting big laughs.

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I’d liked what I’d seen him do before but was still impressed and will definitely check him out if he comes to Wales.

McIntyre returned for a bit more and continued to impress and it was a fantastic evening out and we left amused and satisfied. He really was very funny and the small venue brought a new side to his act, which I enjoyed.

8/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


Comedy Gig Review: Luisa Omielan at Cardiff Glee Club

Last night I took MWF out to see a show. She’s been stressing with uni assignments and a comedian she liked was coming to town so it would be a nice treat. The comedian was Luisa Omielan who was performing her Am I Right, Ladies? Show at the Glee club.

Omielan is doing alright for herself even if she hasn’t quite broken big yet, but I think that might happen soon as she is a real comic talent.

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It was obvious that it was going to be a unique show as the warm up act was Omielan herself on stage dancing to the DJs music and taking photos and hugging audience members.

The show itself is a pacy 75 minute set that flies by and is powered by Omielan’s energetic performance. MWF says she kinda reminds her of Russell Howard in the sense of the vibe and energy and it’s not an unfair comparison.

Her show deals with various issues such as body image, slut shaming, getting over an ex and depression, which sounds heavy but Omielan keeps the laughs flowing and  pushes her message for female confidence and being happy with yourself in an entertaining way.

I really dug the show, with and laughed a lot, applauding as well. Omielan is an unconventional performer in some ways but she does a fantastic job of making you laugh while making valid points. She clicked well with the audience, apart from two at the front who annoyed her and she got moved back, and worked the crowd well.

I also enjoyed her use of music throughout the show and her honest, open nature during the show.

I would definitely recommend one of her shoes and will keep an eye out for her in the future as she’s a  likeable, funny and engaging presence on stage.

9/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


My Favourite Films #34: Groundhog Day

Sometimes an idea is so simple you’re amazed nobody thought of it earlier, and this is one of those concepts. Thankfully the idea waited until 1993, which meant that it got to star Bill Murray, which is most definitely a good thing.

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I’m a huge Bill Murray fan, and while the idea and script of this flick are wonderful, the film’s major strength is Murray doing his usual sarky, slightly sleazy schtik as Phil Connors, a TV weatherman who goes to view the groundhog day celebrations, only to find himself inexplicably reliving the same day over and over again. Phil can remember doing it all before, but when he falls asleep it all resets and he wakes up, once again at 6am to the sounds of Sonny and Cher, forced to go through it all again.

The idea of having to live the same day again and again is genius, and it’s a credit to Harold Ramis as the director that he choreographs everything that only Murray’s reactions to events around him differ. It’s also rather well done in the way that the movie handles Phil’s response to this bizarre turn of events.

At first he staggers through the day thoroughly confused, fearing that he’s going mad. Then he embraces the fact he has a life free of consequence and uses it for selfish reasons. Shortly after that he falls into a funk of depression and tries to kill himself to escape the repetition, only to always wake up at the start again. People often talk about edginess in comedy, but there are few things darker or braver to do than have your main character attempt suicide, repeatedly, halfway through a romantic comedy fantasy.

Things get kinda dark

Things get kinda dark

That’s what the movie morphs into, with Phil trying to manipulate events to woo his producer Rita, played by Andie MacDowell. He learns her likes and dislikes and repeatedly tries to build the perfect day to win her over, but something always goes wrong leading to a montage of slaps.

I’m gonna go off topic here and discuss MacDowell, who I find infuriating. She always seems to have been dubbed by another actress, and is just one of those actors who rubs me up the wrong way. Despite this, she stars in two movies I adore, this and Four Weddings and a Funeral. I can’t quite work out how an actress I dislike can still manage to crop up in two movies I genuinely love, even if she is one of the weaker elements of both movies.

She’s not terrible, it’s just, well, she’s kinda bland.

Kinda bland- Andie MacDowell as Rita, Phil's love interest.

Kinda bland- Andie MacDowell as Rita, Phil’s love interest.

After failing to win Rita over, Phil decides to try and use his knowledge of the day’s events to try and help as many people as possible. Using the opportunity to improve himself, through learning piano and working out where he has to be to help everyone.

Finally, after a perfect day he impresses Rita enough for her to bid for him at a charity auction and the two spend the night together, with Phil waking up the next day, finally free from February the 2nd.

I love this movie, because not only is it really funny, but it also has a solid message and moral core. Phil repeating the day over and over could be seen as an allegory for reincarnation, but it works in a wider sense, in that it proves what life is really about, it’s not about chasing individual happiness, but rather about trying to make life better for others, or as Ralph Waldo Emerson put it far more eloquently:

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

I love that this isn’t about Phil just winning Rita, or proving himself worthy of her, but rather about the selfish Phil having to realize what’s really important in life. What makes this movie even better is that it manages to avoid schmaltz and remains funny throughout, even when the moral hits in. Ramis handles the shifts in tone magnificently and captures the frustration of the same day repeating (perhaps too well, I tried to get MWG to watch this at the weekend and she got annoyed by the repetition and kept wandering off or playing on her phone, the philistine!)

But as I’ve said, the real strength is Bill Murray who is just an utter delight in the lead role. He’s great at the sarky one-liners and manages to capture Phil’s reinvention and improvement in a way that feels natural and not too cliche or saccharine. Murray has perfect comic timing and a real knack for making his slightly roguish characters remain likable, when they could easily just come across as jerks.

It’s easily one of my favourite Murray movies, and I never get tired of watching it over and over.

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Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


Random Song: “Motherlover” by The Lonely Island feat. Justin Timberlake

I’m battling a particularly infuriating earwig at the moment.

The same song is stuck in my head, almost continuously, and slips from my lips far too often. It’s not a bad song, which is nice as it’s a cruel twist of fate that some of the catchiest songs ever made are also some of the worst (Exhibit A), but it’s not a song I should really be singing aloud.

With my voice I shouldn’t be singing anything, as I make Lee Marvin look like Luciano Pavarotti, but there are certain songs that are definite no goes to accidentally blurt out while scanning the shelves of Sainsbury’s. These include most rap songs, a lot of heavy rock, that awful “Thank heaven for little girl’s song” (especially worrying as I live near some schools) and the song which is currently dug in like an Alabama tick.

The song in question is by The Lonely Island, the comedy music group which features Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Sandberg, and who have a string of goofily funny comedy songs. The first song I heard of theirs was “D**k in a Box”, which was a stupid, catchy song that featured Justin Timberlake.

Sandberg and Timberlake

Sandberg and Timberlake

Frankly I’d rather blurt out that song every two hours than run the risk of singing the follow up track, “Motherlover”, also featuring Justin Timberlake, where the two characters they play decide to shack up with the other’s mother to make them feel better having been alone.

MWG introduced me to it and about a week ago had it lodged in her head, meaning we played it on a car ride to try and get rid of it.

I think it worked, or rather the earwig fell out of MWG and transferred to me, leaving me fighting not to blurt out lyrics like “I’m a mother lover, your a mother lover, we should f**k each others mothers” and “give it to my mom d-d-d-d-d-doggystyle”.

These aren’t sentiments which you want to just sing in mixed company. Anyway, I’m sharing the video here in the hope that you all enjoy and also in the hope that one of you can be infected and I’ll be free from it.

There’s a third song featuring Timberlake “3-way” but, despite the presence of Lady Gaga, it’s just not quite as good.

Gaga in the 3-Way video

Gaga in the 3-Way video

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


Movie Review: Identity Thief

After her scene stealing turn in Bridesmaids it was only a matter of time before Melissa McCarthy got a lead role in a movie, and this is her first starring role, where she plays opposite Jason Bateman.

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The film follows nice guy Sandy Patterson (Bateman), who hard at his office job in Denver, but is struggling financially to support his family, a situation made worse by the fact that his wife Trish (Amanda Peet) is expecting their third child. Making matters worse is that a bonus that he’s been expecting has failed to materialize after 3 years.

Sandy is contacted by an identity protection company because someone has tried stealing his identity and gives various personal information over the phone. The problem is that the woman at the other end of the phone is actually Diana (McCarthy) a con artist from Florida, who proceeds to go on a spending spree with faked cards in Sandy’s name, capitalizing on his feminine sounding name.

Sandy is contacted about a salon appointment in Florida, but shrugs it off as an error. Tired of his unpleasant boss, Harold Cornish (Jon Favreau) and disgusted that the bosses of the company are getting paid massive bonuses while the lower levels like himself are being passed over, Sandy joins with colleagues in setting up a new company where he will be vice president and highly paid.

It’s at this point that things start to unravel for Sandy, with his cards being declined and arrested for not appearing in court. At the station the identity theft is discovered but local cops explain they can’t do anything about it. The fallout for all this scandal threatens Sandy’s new job, and he is frustrated by the fact it may take months to sort out.

Armed with a photo of Diana he asks for a week from his new boss to go get her, have her explain the situation and clear his name. Sandy heads for Florida where he tracks down Diana and attempts to explain the situation.

It turns out that he’s not the only person after Diana and soon they’re chased by a pair of angry criminals working for a gangster Diana conned (musician T.I. and Genesis Rodriguez). Unable to get a plane because they have the same name on their IDs, Sandy decides to drive her cross country, promising there will be no police involvement and offering an escape from her local problems.

They set off with the gangsters in pursuit, along with a redneck bounty hunter (Robert Patrick). Can Sandy get her to Denver in time and foil her frequent attempts to escape? And what effect will the other have on their own lives and behaviour?

The film treads familiar ground of a mismatched duo forced into close proximity by a cross country road trip, we’ve seen it before, and in all honestly we’ve seen it better (Midnight Run, Due Date and Planes, Trains and Automobiles). And of course as they spend time a bond starts to form despite initial reluctance and dislike.

That’s not to say it’s not entertaining, largely down to the two leads who are great comedic performers. McCarthy really sinks her teeth into her role as a white trash con artist, and is a delight, delivering a plethora of crude, foul mouthed one liners. A pathological liar, Diana repeatedly crafts convoluted back stories for herself, which are shocking and entertaining. It’s a powerhouse of a comic performance.

Diana (McCarthy) tries to make a break for it.

Diana (McCarthy) tries to make a break for it.

 

She’s a madcap whirlwind at the centre of the film, and in between the profanity and pratfalls she actually gets the audience to warm to her, due to her slightly goofy enthusiasm and manic actions, and the sense that underneath her tough exterior she’s actually a rather damaged individual, and not totally devoid of conscience.

The film benefits from having Bateman on board, as he is one of the best straight men around at the moment. He’s the rational, everyday guy at the heart of the film who’s dragged into various crazy situations on the road and out of his depth in the world of criminals and scammers.

Straight man- Bateman as the out his depth Sandy

Straight man- Bateman as the out his depth Sandy

He’s endearingly average and nice at the start, and does a great job of capturing the increasingly frustrated mindset of the character, with his nice guy character displaying a good line in sarky, caustic remarks. This edge to his character makes him more human and admirable as he retains a sense of compassion and decency throughout the movie. It’s not as showy as McCarthy’s role but playing the straight man requires its own set of skills and Bateman has them in spades.

Central duo aside the rest of the cast don’t have much to do, but do good with their minor parts, in particular Jon Favreau who is sleazy and infuriating as Sandy’s douchebag boss and Robert Patrick, who hams it up as the grizzled private eye but still exudes a sense of menace and badassery.

Some of the jokes are a bit forced, and there’s a bit too much reliance on gross out and profanity, but on the whole it’s a perfectly fun movie, and had me laughing throughout. It’s a solid first lead role for McCarthy, but you can’t help feeling she has more to offer.

Verdict: We’re on familiar ground, but in the company of two brilliant performers in McCarthy and Bateman. Goes for the easy option at times and is a little predictable, but keeps the laughs coming. 7/10.

It’s also nice to see Amanda Peet again, because she’s been quiet of late after being extremely busy back in the early ’00s (6 movies in 2002-03) and having had the Colin Farrell Effect for a time. This is when scheduling means that an actor has a ton of films released in quick succession, meaning that it seems they have a film out all the time and become a little overexposed, named after Colin Farrell because of his run between 2002 and 2004 where he appeared in 10 movies (Hart’s War, Minority Report, Phone Booth, The Recruit, Daredevil, Veronica Guerin, SWAT, Intermission, A Home at the End of the World and Alexander).

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


Book Review: Bossypants by Tina Fey

I love Tina Fey.

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I’ve been aware of her work for a while and always found her quite funny, but it’s only in the last couple of months thanks to LoveFilm that I’ve really got into her stuff, I’d seen bits and pieces of 30 Rock before, but with the first 3 series now available to watch whenever I wanted I dove headfirst into them.

It’s hands down one of the funniest television shows I’ve ever seen, as the writers do this great job of crafting likable characters and fantastic lines, and seem comfortable to let the show go off on weird little tangents and have surreal flourishes. It helps that the cast are superb, especially Alec Baldwin and Fey herself.

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So, having devoured three series of this, I decided to get this book on my kindle, I started it midweek and finished it today, although given more spare time and no internet I probably could have blazed through most of this in one day, because it’s a delightfully funny and enjoyable quick read.

Fey writes with this really great, warm style which is filled with little gags and quips, and this great streak of self deprecation. She recounts moments in her life with real honesty, and isn’t afraid to show her own follies and mistakes along the way.

She writes cleverly and with insight, touching on issues like the entertainment industry’s views and attitudes towards women but always does it with a lightness of touch that stops it from seeming like a rant. Fey seems proud and grateful for what she’s achieved and well she should, but never comes across as arrogant, seeming to be aware of the help she’s received from others and blessed with a real sense of perspective as to where her job fits in the real world.

Fey’s also quite classy, there are allusions to celebrities she’s met along the way being douches but she never names them, or even drops clues as to their identity, granting them their anonymity while also giving praise to those she’s met along the way who have been cool (Baldwin, Sylvester Stallone and surprisingly Sarah Palin).

She talks of her personal life, family Christmases and dealing with being a mother, and also her status as a “famous person”. The attention she received from doing her Sarah Palin skits on Saturday Night Live, both positive and negative, the joys and pitfalls of magazine shoots and a chapter devoted to responding to online hate mail, which is funny yet at the same time rather depressing to read what some assclowns on the web come up with.

The Palin section is quite interesting, especially as it reveals Fey’s initial reluctance to do it and her own fears that it might be seen as being nasty or mean spirited. There’s an insight into the behind the scenes world of television, and also Fey having to deal with her meeting the woman herself.

But the main thing that comes through is that Fey has managed to stay down to earth and normal despite the attention, maybe because it came slightly later in life, but she seems to be a regular Josephine who’s found success due to her skills.

I went in a fan and came out a bigger one.

Verdict: A wonderfully written, frequently hilarious memoir about her life both in and out of the spotlight. Fey is a charming, entertaining writer who comes across well in this down to earth, clever lady. 8/10

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


Man Crush List Part 3

Brad Pitt

More than just another pretty boy pin up, Pitt is a sensationally talented actor and has made several movies that I’ve really loved. He also comes across as just being a rather cool, easy going kind of cat off screen. Dude’s pulled Angelina Jolie and is mates with George Clooney, placing him firmly in the list of people you wish you were.

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MCM: As the swaggering and unhinged Tyler Durden in Fight Club, delivering his lines with crackling intensity and coolness, while also boasting a pretty fine bod.

Russell Brand

One of my favourite stand up comedians thanks to his blend of his dandy-ish manner coupled with quite clever musings resulting in at times excruciatingly honest glimpses into his way of thinking. I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m a big fan of his and find him engaging, witty and charming. Underneath the showmanship flourishes he’s clearly a fairly normal, if slightly damaged bloke and part of me just wants to give him a hug.

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MCM: I think his routine at the Secret Policeman’s Ball is where I started to warm to the guy.

Seeley Booth

The FBI agent, played by David Boreanaz in the crime show Bones, is a total legend. Playing the more emotional, human side of the central duo, Booth overcomes his daft first name to be a really engaging character. Funny, tough and highly noble. He might be cranky and hard on the “squints” but it’s his warmth and relaxed manner that makes his partnership with cold and detached Brennan (Emily Deschanel) so entertaining and means that the show works even after the will-they-won’t-they is over.

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MCM: Probably when he sweeps in to save the day, usually with a quip ready to go.

Stephen Fry

He’s funny, clever and extremely charming. He may not be able to rival the other dudes on this list in the looks department, but he’s on my fantasy dinner party guest list and something of a personal hero.

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MCM: Tough one to pick, probably as the host of Qi.

Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock

The Rock’s time as one of the WWE’s top guys fell during my haitus from following wrestling, but coming back to it as an adult I really dug his anti-heroic character and natural, crowd pleasing charisma. Johnson managed to transfer this into his film work, something other wrestlers have struggled to do (Sorry, Hulkster). He may not have had much to do in his first effort The Mummy Returns, he’s since developed quite a good run on the big screen. He’s a likable on-screen presence and has made quite a few fun flicks.

And he usually comes across as a funny, relaxed guy who just happens to be built like the proverbial outhouse. Despite playing one of the antagonists in Fast 5, it was him I was rooting for, and kinda looking forward to him putting more boot to asses in Fast 6.

The Rock celebrating Halloween

The Rock celebrating Halloween

MCM: His hilarious, cocky promos while at WWE. Dude was great in the ring and one of the best guys on the mic.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


My Favourite Films #7: Airplane!

“Surely there must be something you can do.”
“I’m doing everything I can….and stop calling me Shirley”

That simple, daft gag is one of the most famous moments from Airplane! and is possibly one of the most well known comedy lines in cinema history. Its also an example of what makes this film so brilliant, yes the jokes might be daft, even childish at times, but its a film that can make you laugh on repeat viewings and deserves its reputation as a comedy classic.

Spoofing the 1970s disaster movie cycle it concerns an LA to Chicago flight which runs into problems when the crew are struck down with food poisoning. The only hope is Ted (Robert Hays) an ex air force pilot who’s confidence has been shattered by his experiences during “the war”. He’s onboard to try and win back his love, Elaine (Julie Hagerty), an air stewardess. Can Ted overcome his demons and land the plane safely?

The plot is basically just there to allow them to poke fun at genre conventions and link all the scattershot gags, but as opposed to the 2000 spoof cycle (Scary Movie etc.) the film works because it sticks to one major plot which is the framework for all of the jokes, rather than just stringing together a sequence of nods to other movies. Its a much better way of doing things as despite the relentless speed of the jokes being thrown at the audience there is still a structure to follow and it makes sense.

The narrative also follows the genre its spoofing, the ensemble disaster flicks which were booming in the 70s (Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake, The Towering Inferno). In fact, the film is loosely a remake of the 1957 flick Zero Hour! only turned into a comedy, and uses the traditional genre conventions like the hero overcoming personal demons (it also lifts dialogue from the film, with the “The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn’t have fish for dinner.” line being scarily close to a proper line).

One of the film’s major strengths is its elder statesmen cast- Robert Stack, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges and Leslie Nielsen, who were mainly known for their serious, mainstream roles (Graves was the lead in the Mission: Impossible TV series, Stack was Eliot Ness in The Untouchables TV show). I’ve read differing accounts that say not all of the cast got what the makers were going for, but if they didn’t their ultra serious deadpan delivery of much of the dialogue only serves to make the film even funnier.

Bridges and Stack

Nielsen and Bridges both came from serious old school Hollywood backgrounds (between them they appeared in films like The Poseidon Adventure, High Noon and The Forbidden Planet) but seemed to easily get to grips with the film’s ridiculousness and would continue to work in the spoof genre, with Bridges appearing in Hot Shots! while Nielsen would become king of the genre, appearing in the Naked Gun series along with several other spoofs.

The late, great Leslie Nielsen, king of the spoofs.

Another great piece of casting was LA Lakers basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the co-pilot, which could be seen as a nod sportsmen like OJ Simpson, Jim Brown and Fred Williamson appearing in films, and results in one of the movie’s funniest scenes where Abdul-Jabbar, having been criticized by a young boy breaks character and angrily justifies his sporting performances. Its a funny moment because of the sheer randomness and the kid’s reaction to Abdul-Jabbar’s rage is brilliant, like much of the humour in the film it doesn’t make any kind of sense.

The real gift of the film is the script, which whips along at a hell of a clip and keeps up a steady stream of gags, there’s a kind of “Didn’t like that joke, don’t worry, there are 3 more on the way” approach and it mixes delightfully daft puns and wordplay in with slapstick and bizarre visual gags. There are odd little throw away gags along with some nice running jokes (Lloyd Bridges’ “Looks like I picked the wrong week to…” and the jive talking passengers spring to mind). The deadpan deliveries also take their place along some quality OTT comedy acting.

There’s also an undercurrent of darker, more grown up humour including children delivering adult dialogue (“No thank you, I take it black, like my men”) or the uneasy questions that Captain Oveur (Graves) asks the young boy who visits the cockpit.

Its one of those films where its hard to select good moments to discuss because there are so many you’d wind up just writing an extremely long list.

Its rightfully regarded as a classic movie and routinely ranks highly on lists and polls to find the funniest films, and it deserves all those plaudits. If you’ve never seen it before I urge you to check it out because it’ll have you crying with laughter, and if you have seen it before watch it again because it definitely stands up to repeat viewings.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


Baby and bird, still ablaze, are locked in a death grip

So, the other day I was watching Friends and I realised just how much I love that show, and that even on repeated viewings it can still make me chuckle to myself.

I think due to it having been repeated so many times people kind of forget how good a show it is, because it feels tired and you know all the jokes. For example, I did a Sporcle quiz the other day about the episode where the boys challenge the girls to see who knows each other better and they bet the appartment. I got almost all of the questions right (the only one I got wrong was Chandler’s job, which nobody is meant to know).

I basically remembered, almost verbatim an entire section of a show. That’s quality writing, or just repetition. Anyway, the point is because you’ve seen it so much you forget that its a very well written show with some engaging characters and some brilliant comedic performances.

Matthew Perry’s Chandler is, and always will be, my favourite but all of the cast have their moments and it got me thinking of one of my all time favourite funny moments from anything, featuring David Schwimmer delivering a brilliant mini-speech.

Its from the episode in season 9 where the gang are going for a meal for Phoebe’s birthday, but are all late for different reasons, aside from Phoebe and Joey.

Rachel locks herself out of the appartment, but more importantly locks her daughter, Emma in. Freaking out she has a paranoid rant about the imagined dangers her baby might face- a tap left on, the baby jumping from the crib, a bird flying in and the stove being on. All of which Ross attempts to calm her of before finally resorting to sarcasm to highlight how ridiculous she’s being with a great speech about what’s going on in the appartment. Here’s a picture version thingy of the scene that I stole from Tumblr (thanks to friendsscreencaps)

To witness Schwimmer’s fine work properly, you can see the clip here.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.