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Filed under 'comedy'

July 23, 2012

Delving into Terry Gilliam's personal archive

Oh man. The comedy nerd in me is drooling. Terry Gilliam’s daughter is organizing his personal archives and blogging what she uncovers. Seeing some of the original bits of card he used for Monty Python animations brings back a lot of memories.

March 27, 2012


Trailer for the new HBO show from Armando Iannucci: The Thick of It meets The West Wing.

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August 15, 2011

Comedy Podcast Inside News Corp. Feasts on a Scandal - NYTimes.com

NYTimes piece on The Bugle, the fab podcast from Andy Zaltzman and John Oliver. Highlight: The author translating the common emailed cry of “Fuck you, Chris” into “sending Mr. Skinner e-mail and Twitter messages telling him off”.

May 5, 2011

BBC - Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle, Social Stew

God, Stewart Lee is a funny, funny man.

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January 10, 2011

Gallery1988's "Is This Thing On" Art Show

Art for comedy nerds. I love the Orkan “ENLIST” poster.

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August 3, 2010

America has another bash at The IT Crowd

YouTube video of the 2008 pilot for a US remake of The IT Crowd, starring Joel McHale “as” Roy.

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March 26, 2010

December 1, 2009

BBC Radio 4 - The Infinite Monkey Cage

Oh, BBC Radio, I could kiss you sometimes. A thirty minute show about science and comedy from Robin Ince and Brian Cox? With Dara O’Briain as a guest? And available as a podcast? YES PLEASE!

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November 6, 2009

Tina Fey's 10 Favorite 30 Rock Moments

30 Rock isn’t the most consistent show, but by god, every episode includes at least one amazing moment that catches me off guard so I need to pause the DVR to laugh and enjoy it.

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August 12, 2009

David Letterman's Top Ten Numbers From One to Ten

A gloriously silly piece of Late Show.

June 12, 2009

Radio Spiritworld (Inter-dimensional)

“The only station broadcasting from the afterlife to the living world.” 30 minute radio show from Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz.

May 29, 2009

Hulu - Peep Show

Attention Americans with senses of humour (sic): Hulu are now streaming the first series of top-notch British sitcom Peep Show. You should watch it, because it is bloody funny, and only mildly uncomfortably close to the bone.

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May 19, 2009

Everything Tracy Jordan Said

Every line delivered by Tracy Jordan in Season 3 of 30 Rock.

“Hi. I’m Tracy Jordan. My wife is throwing away some of our old towels. Do you want them cuz they’re out by the trash cans. Now that’s gots to be 30 seconds. Nine? OK, here comes the fun cooker.”

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April 20, 2009

Roger Ebert's Journal: Parrot asks, "What'd the frozen turkey want?"

Great Ebert column on comedy and joke-telling.

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December 29, 2008



One of the new conference rooms at Slide.

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December 3, 2008

Prop 8 - The Musical

Massive amounts of awesomeness abound. Three solid minutes of musical greatness.

November 4, 2008

On The Hour

The iconic BBC radio series (which gave way to The Day Today) finally gets a full CD release (including bonus material, such as Chris Morris’s fantastic flexidisc for Select Magazine). Subscribe to the podcast for snippets of genius.

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May 6, 2008

Richard Herring slams a heckler

How not to heckle, a handy guide.

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April 9, 2008

Absolutely Everything DVD Box Set

The superb 90s sketch show Absolutely is finally getting a complete DVD release. Hurrah!

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March 21, 2008

Will This Judd Apatow Movie Be Any Good? Vulture Does the Math

It’s just simple science. Superbad > Anchorman > Talladega Nights

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March 9, 2008

This American Life: Tough Room

Excellent segment on This American Life about The Onion’s writing room. Skip about five minutes into the episode to find it.

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March 6, 2008


Stewart Lee’s essay on only needing, or *wanting*, 7,000 fans.

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December 20, 2007

The best redirect on Wikipedia

The best redirect on Wikipedia

Four candles (redirected from Fork handles)

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BBC Radio 4 - Comedy - 28 Acts In 28 Minutes

Fast-paced stand-up and sketches from BBC Radio 4. The great thing about this format is if you don’t like an act, that’s fine — there’ll be another one along in a minute.

April 12, 2007

Will Ferrell Movie Generator

I’ve seen some of these, I think.

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March 20, 2007

CRACKED.com - Sickboy Syndrome: Five Great Comedians Who've Lost It

I agree with all of them, except I never found Jim Carrey funny to begin with.

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March 2, 2007

The PopWatch Interview: Controversy on 'South Park,' what-what-what?!?

Trey Parker and Matt Stone hint that the season premiere of South Park is so controversy-prone, they can’t reveal its topic in case it gets pulled. Also coming soon: Cartman as Jack Bauer in a 24 spoof.

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February 26, 2007

Christopher Guest Jumps Into 'The Thick of It' - 'Best in Show' director helming ABC pilot - Zap2it

Christopher Guest is to direct the pilot of the US version of “The Thick of It”. Very cool.

January 4, 2007

BBC NEWS | Opera treatment for Question Time

The creators of Jerry Springer The Opera are composing five 30-minute operas for the BBC, based on TV shows like Question Time and Wife Swap.

November 25, 2006

Go Faster Stripe

Small start-up producing reasonably-priced stand-up comedy DVDs from comedians who aren’t mainstream enough for high-street stores. Starting off with a set the splendid Stewart Lee. Ordered!

October 30, 2006

TIME.com: Borat Make Funny Joke On Idiot Americans! High-Five!

Ignore the shit headline, and you get a pretty good analysis of why Borat, Ali G, et al are so gut-wrenchingly funny to some, and just plain nasty to others.

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IGN: New Series from Arrested Development's Creator

Mitch Hurwitz’s new project is a US port of the low-key British political sitcom “The Thick of It”.

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July 21, 2006

MediaGuardian.co.uk | Broadcast | NBC signs up YouTube sitcom

NBC’s commissioned six episodes of the sitcom “Nobody’s Watching”, after the rejected pilot garnered good reviews on YouTube.

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July 13, 2006

NBC.com > The Office > Webisodes

The first two “webisodes” of The Office are up now.

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June 14, 2006

Video Player - 30 Rock

NBC have posted a preview of Tina Fey’s new sitcom, 30 Rock. Tracy Morgan, Rachel Dratch and, oh yes, Alec Baldwin co-star. Looks good based on the three minute highlights reel.

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June 8, 2006

edfringe.com : official site of the edinburgh festival fringe

The programme for this year’s Fringe is out. Now I just have to decide what I want to see when we’re in Edinburgh in August. Decisions, decisions…

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April 30, 2006

OFF THE TELLY: Comedy: "Fool If You Think It's Over"

Incredible story of how a fan bought the DVD rights to the excellent, but forgotten, BBC sitcom “Joking Apart” (written by Stephen Moffat of Press Gang and Coupling fame). I only caught a couple of episodes, but loved it, and can’t wait to buy this.

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April 7, 2006

BBC Radio 4 -The Now Show

Auntie releases a Radio 4 comedy show for MP3 download & podcast. Hurrah! If they do this with the next series of Just a Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, I’m going to be a happy camper indeed.

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March 29, 2006

No More 'Development' for Hurwitz - Creator's decision may spell end of series - Zap2it

Hopes for a return of Arrested Development are dashed. No worries — It ended on such a pitch-perfect note that I almost don’t want them to return for fear of pissing on their legacy.

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March 17, 2006

The New Faces Of Saturday Night Live | The A.V. Club

Interview with the four SNL “Featured Players”.

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March 4, 2006

YouTube - O! News

Silly little Oscars news parody from Peter Serafinowicz — Apparently just made for fun. His Alan Alda impression is spookily good.

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January 27, 2006

Channel4.com - IT Crowd

Channel 4 are streaming the first episode of Graham Linehan’s new sitcom. It’s good, but not great, but then I didn’t think the first episodes of either Father Ted or Black Books were all that good, but the series turned out to be fantastic.

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January 13, 2006

YouTube - Birds of Britain

A little snippet from the (just about to be released) Look Around You DVD. Quality!

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December 19, 2005

SNL - The Chronic of Narnia Rap

So not only did SNL hire the Lonely Island dudes, they’re also taking a page out of their “distribute it online” book too. This is possibly the funniest non-Robert-Smigel-cartoon SNL clip in years.

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December 2, 2005

Guardian Unlimited | Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is going to record a bunch of weekly podcasts, starting Monday.

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November 18, 2005

Bill Hicks: Salvation

I happened upon this last week, and it’s bloody fantastic. A complete unedited 100-minute Bill Hicks act from 1992. Due to his early death, Hicks gets a lot of messianic hyperbole, but listening to this act, it’s a reminder that a) he was a very smart guy getting angry at the same stuff that’s still going on today in America, and b) he is an incredibly talented stand-up, whose skill at reading the audience and winning them back round with dick jokes after losing them to rants on US politics is nothing short of masterful.

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October 16, 2005

The QI Interactive DVD

Oooh. Looks like the QI cash-in Christmas DVD might be something rather special indeed.

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September 24, 2005

BBC THREE - The Comic Side of 7 Days

Britfolks — Watch this show on BBC Three, cause it’s dead funny. Non-Britfolks — Download it off of UKNova.

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September 14, 2005

The Jolly Wacky Executionist (video)

Found whilst rummaging through folders on my webserver: A (crappily-encoded) video of a sketch I wrote and performed in at the Improv Asylum in 2001.

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This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

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