Archive for October, 2008

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Hate it when these things are so close together…

October 18, 2008

Been too busy to update much recently, sorry! Show’s going gangbusters, though…

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Failin’ Palin

October 11, 2008


Get your war on gets it on with Sarah Palin. Link

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You’d better watch out…

October 11, 2008

It’s October! The month when Santa visits all the people on his ‘naughty’ list! Link

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BT. WALOFS

October 9, 2008


An early one because I’m busy tomorrow and I need to ask y’all a question. How do I change channels on BT Vision? I don’t want to pause the program, or record one that’s on in two weeks–I want to sit there like a normal person and flip through channels. Does anyone known why my GOD-DAMN controller won’t let me DO THAT?
Thanks in advance! (You know I’m not shouting at you guys, right? Unless you work for BT in which case I AM SHOUTING AT YOU!)

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“Cloooose uuuuup eeeeyyyyyyyes!”

October 8, 2008

(via YesbutNoButYes)

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The last two are my favourites

October 8, 2008

40 impressions in 2 minutes from the brother-in-law.

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What could be going through his head?

October 7, 2008

Boing Boing have the full story (they got it from Tokyo Times) but you know, I would recommend not reading any of the background and just enjoying this video for itself. Without the explanation, it is a mysterious and pure piece of comedy.

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‘Canned laughter’, my least favourite urban myth

October 7, 2008

From a review of ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball’ by Leo Benedictus in today’s Guardian: “Mitchell and Webb’s self-doubting Nazis were much improved by the subtraction of canned laughter.”

Let me repeat that. The self-doubting Nazis sketch was improved by the subtraction of canned laughter.

I’m hoping, Leo, you’ve found this page after Googling your name. If so, please pay attention because I am about to let you in on the best-kept secret in town: Like ‘The IT Crowd’, and every other show where you can hear a studio audience laughing, ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’ is filmed in front of a real-live studio audience who are actually laughing. Full details here, if you can be arsed clicking the link.

So, to be clear, the laughter you hear is real. Not canned. Real.

The laughter you heard at the Amnesty gig was also real. But you seem to believe that there was something somehow more real about the real laughter at the Amnesty gig than the real laughter on ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’. In fact, you actually thought the sketch was improved by the subtraction of the fake (actually real) laughter and the addition of real laughter (also real).

In other words, the effect was more or less the same (both audiences being real and all), but you thought it really gave that sketch an extra special something, listening to the laughter that was real instead of the laughter that was also real.

Leo, the reason you believe in canned laughter is because you, like many of the people who feel qualified to write about television comedy, have never had the curiosity to actually find out how a comedy show is made. If you had, you would know what everyone in comedy knows, and what everyone who has sat in a studio audience knows…that outside of old Scooby Doo cartoons and the like, there is no such fucking thing as canned laughter.

(P.S And Leo, you are very welcome to come along to the next studio recording of The IT Crowd on Friday night to clear up any confusion you still may have. These people have the full details.)

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No time to think of funny/interesting headline

October 3, 2008


The second studio recording awaits! (Ooh! Very important. Obviously if anyone is coming to the show tonight, please be careful about spoilers in the comments. Thankoo!)

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It’s Lil’ O’Reilly!

October 2, 2008

(via Cynical C)

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