Speak big, and carry a soft stick

August 8, 2008

I really am running out of headings for this section.


  1. I agree with you about social book marking. Tumblelog fills a niche. Find something good but can’t ad to it personally, tag it. Plus it makes it easier to find later on. I chose del.icio.us, which I’ve discovered is rather techy, so I may be missing out on some of the social aspects.


  2. I carry a staff, is that acceptable?

  3. Like fun? Like physics? prepare to lose the next 3 hours…


    Someone with a big brain made this one…


  4. Oooh! Delicious is looking a lot nicer these days…

  5. I’ve only started watching Peep Show in the last week on 4od…I know shoot me. It is so so funny, one of the funniest things I have seen on tv!!

  6. I’m liking the tumblelog Graham, strangely addictive aren’t they?! It was me who suggested you try one by the way.

    Travors (aka Dan Walsh, aka the Irish dude who does Garfield Minus Garfield)

  7. Oh, hey, man! Thanks for the tip!

  8. Did anyone have a look at the full episode of Lookwell on youtube?

    Can’t believe it never got picked up, Adam West is fantastic.

  9. >I really am running out of headings for this >section.

    Speak now or forever hold your tongue

    Say what?!

    Friends, Romans, countrymen lend me your tongue

    The conch is yours

    You talkin’ to me?

    Tell me ’cause it hurts

    Talk to the hand.

    Hmmm. maybe not.

  10. Should I assume that “Speak your Brains” has been done?

    That little physics contraption is excellent, Jumpjet.

  11. I just checked, and it has, in March of this year. D’oh.

  12. Don’t trust the W. trailer. That dopehead hippy Oliver Stone is in no danger of doing any damage to Bush’s legacy. Remember how the scumbag made 9/11 look like it really was a reason to invade Iraq in Twin Towers? He’s a past it hack director to be pitied.

  13. Hey Graham, I’ve been meaning to ask you this for a while. How much writing do you like to get done on an average day? I ask because I’m an aspiring writer and I wonder how much time all my favorite writers (you and Arthur being two of them) spend on their work. 9-5 hours? More or less than that?

  14. I don’t know much about “W” but following on from what Brendan’s said: isn’t there a worry that it might just be full of complete bullshit that is easily disproved, a la “JFK”, and thereby detract from all the terrible stuff he really has been involved in?

    Here’s a fun physics game, a bit short though:



  15. If you feel like following:


  16. Hi Graham, that rainbow sprinkler lady has tons of videos where she looks at perfectly normal things and thinks theres some government conspiracy about them, her ramblings are so nuts I though that it may actually be some funny satire, but the fact is she removed her own version of the rainbow video from youtube most likely after it became such a source of comedy, unless she was for real I can’t imagine why she would do that.

  17. that Bush trailer made me a bit queezy. The sprinkler lady is amazing. “This cannot be natural.”
    Graham, did you catch Adam Buxton’s radio pilot?


  18. Queasy, sir! Queasy! I will not have internet spelling on my site! (and thanks for the link, I’ll have that for the Tumblog/Tumbleog/Tmblg!)

  19. Noah,I start the day with a good long procrastination session (not a euphemism), then I work a bit, then I surf the net, work a little bit more, do a muxtape, work a bit more, wander downstairs, watch five minutes of afternoon telly, work a bit more, get lunch, then knock off for the day. How much of that is ‘writing’? I think all of it, because when I’m not actually typing I’m presuming that my subconscious is chewing something over. So in answer to your question, I work about six hours every day. How many hours of that are spent typing? I think about two. On a good day.

  20. Well I’m glad to hear procrastination isn’t such a huge problem after all. I was worried about my own habits there. Thank you very much.

  21. Hey Graham, I bought the IT Crowd boxset recently and have been enjoying it immensely. Being sad, stay-at-home type I also listened to all your commentaries and I have to say – you really don’t do yourself any favours! There’s self-deprecation and then there’s a whole underworld of self-doubt. Your stuff is great; if you can turn out something like the IT crowd as writer and director then any shortfalls you might see are just the result of you knowing it far too intimately. Keep up the good work and don’t despair!

  22. I’m procrastinating as I type this. I’m so glad I’m not alone! I have a tumblr, myself, but I sort of abandoned it when I realized nobody could drop comments on the things I so diligently fished the internets for. Thhpbt.

    Rainbow in the Sprinkler lady sort of thinks like my mom. I’m not proud.

  23. Thanks, Chris. I appreciate what you’re saying but I don’t think there’s anything too interesting about self-congratulation on a commentary. Highlighting the flaws helps me think about the show and work on making it better. I did overdo it on the ‘Ted’ Christmas Special, which I’ve come round to over the years, but generally I think it’s interesting for me and fun for the viewer if I talk about what went wrong rather than what went right.

  24. No, quite right. Good to keep standards up for shure!
    I hope this wont be the second pilot of Adam’s to get shot down by the bigwigs.
    Looking forward to your series 3 sir.

  25. Graham, Do you have any idea when The IT Crowd will be available in the states? The “copies” I have don’t include extras and I would much rather $upport your work anyway.

    A Grateful Fan in Arizona,

  26. Without procrastination, I’d never get anything done.

  27. Funny, I just wrote an episode with a character named ‘April’.

    What can I tell you? It’s so frustrating. I believe wheels are in motion, but I don’t have a date. I am, however, going to do everything I can to ensure that anything I work on in the future will be multi-region….

  28. This past week has been a haze of the Day Today, Brass Eye and Nathan Barley. I’m pretty sure I’m going to vomit satire…

  29. Just bought the IT crowd box set…looking forward to watching it now tonight!

  30. Do you ever feel as though reading/watching new things, putting things INTO your head is more important than getting your own ideas out.
    I don’t like the fact that all media has become a school lesson for me.

  31. Re: the coincidental anthrax attacks coincidentally being all sorted out a few months before Bush leaves office… How about we form some kind of Trans-Atlantic fan club for Americans determined not to have “closure” if Obama gets in, but to doggedly get to the bottom of who spun what, and to whom, precisely?

  32. This is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while.



    A: Unicorn wee.

  34. I don’t get that joke. Still no – is it just a question and answer and not a joke. This is a sweet advert featuring talking Russian dolls for milk.

  35. after watching the first series and commentary I do agree with you that the series was like a rough draft. But it was still very very good! The characters and the plot came together much more in the second series as you said would happen.

    I disagree with you when you said that in future episodes you should reduce the kind of extreme sillyness like the second episode when Denhham was talking about stress. This was one of the funniest moments in the series IMO. Completely ridiculous moments like this are very Father Tedish which is a great thing! You were spot on when you said that it only worked because an actor like Chris Morris did it, but I’d keep these moments for other extreme characters like Matt Berry…because they can be so so funny! Just a thought!

    I also loved the ‘what would Arthur do moment’ with the dock martins…so so funny!! If you keep much more of these moment in I’ll be happy!

    Did Arthur help with the second series in the end?

  36. Arthur came in for an early meeting, as did Sam and Jesse (‘Peep Show’) and a few others. But in the end, it was too hard to communicate what I wanted, as I didn’t really know myself, and I ended up doing it all myself. They really helped in giving me the confidence to pursue the storylines I already had, though. When people like that say something’s funny, then it usually is.

    What was the “What would Arthur do moment, Brendan? I forget.

  37. The Chinese fellow gave Denham a samurai sword, Denham gave the Chinese fellow a pair of dock martins. I just love those type of moments! It has Father Ted all over it!

    Probably best you did write it on your own! It is your show at the end of the day! And you’ve done a very good job on it! And it’s very hard IMO to write in more than groups of two. Sometimes it’s even hard to write in groups of two…the other person has to be a person who you think is funnier than yourself or else you will constantly be giving their ideas the “yeah, that might work…” line which you always feel like a dick!

  38. Check out this live performance from the Editors at Oxegen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdclnO_uicI&feature=related

    It sends shivers down my spine when it kicks in at the end!

  39. Hey Graham, just wondering if anyone’s shown you this already:

    Share Tea at Father Ted’s House.


    It appears you’ve inadvertently created a tourist attraction. Possibly. Note the lack of comments on the page.

  40. just when i thought Garth Merenghis Darkplace couldnt get any better..along comes this stunning cameo at 3:33…

    sorry if this has already being posted..or if it causes
    embarrassment for the cameo maker himself. muhahaha

  41. According to (I think it’s) SRO Audiences, the IT Crowd is filming later this year. Will it be at Pinewood?

    I had the very best time watching a recording of the last series (Jen’s bra one) and staying overnight with friends in lovely Ballardy Shepperton. We then went home and ate reduced-price cream cakes, and later that afternoon stalked a historical guided walk through the City of London. Please recreate this experience exactly.

    Thanks, Chris

  42. Graham,

    Ben at Talkback Thames email address isn’t working! Dominos Pizza have a lot to answer for!!

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  43. Breaking news… IT Crowd will be made in the US: http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2008/08/12/7220/america_finally_gets_it

  44. sorry, Martyn, I got the address wrong. It’s right now.

  45. You’ve prob seen this amazing interview with Paul Thomas Anderson, but just in case…

  46. Would it be possible to get an old it crowd script off you?

    I’m trying my hand at writing a proper sitcom and having a properly structured sitcom script in front of me would really help.

    If you can email one to me, my email is cantycreations@gmail.com.


  47. Alright Graham,

    It’s been a long while since i had the time to comment on anything related to your blog, but I always have a quick gander to brighten up my day, by reading a link provided by yourself or the commenting contingent.

    I had just seen the article on the Beeb, and thought to myself, the rascal, he’s got himself a friend to free-advertise the prop-search for the new series. And quick as i thought I was, I came to comment on it, and low and behold, you had already.

    However I now fear (and I hope I’m wrong!) that the contributors IQ and wit, might decline following this article to your fine blog. That or you’ll have to pull the comments side of things!

    Damn you lazy Beeb writer!!!!!

    But good luck with the prop biznay. If I come across anything clever, I’ll run it past ya! (or Ben, as you have clearly stated)

  48. I noticed there was a very large contingent of ladies present to see Seamus Heaney reading his poetry at Listowel Writers Week. I noticed that a number of them weren`t really listening. Rather gazing fondly in his general direction with a misty look in their eyes.

    This week Seamus visited Sligo for the Yeats Summer School and as I was exhibiting the Yeats in Love art in the theatre (trying to annoy the Yeats committee- again without success) I remarked to a couple of the ladies in the box office that there was once again a large contingent of “Matureish Ladies” in attendance; not only were they there but there was a considerable amount of fawning and cooing going on when big Seamus arrived.
    The following exchange, er, followed:

    “What`s the story with all these women slobbering all over Seamus Heaney?”
    “Well, you know, Joe Dolan is dead now…”
    “So… if I`m following you, what you`re saying is Seamus Heaney is the new Joe Dolan?”
    “Precisely. Look at him. Sexy beast…”
    I spent the rest of the evening pondering whether or not to fling my knickers in his direction, yelling: ” Gimme some syntax, big boy! Show us yer iambic pentameter!”

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