Posts Tagged ‘Comedy’
Red Nose Day (Comic Relief) is a biennial UK telethon event, which aims to raise money for charity. The hook is on the promise of entertainment in the form of famous faces ‘doing something funny for money’. It is hoped that this will attract viewers, and hopefully donations along with it. (Our team raised over 10k! Just saying)
Over the years, some incredibly talented, hilarious performers and Lenny Henry have appeared during the TV event to participate in various skits, some live, some pre-recorded, some funny, some cringe-worthy.
A brilliant sketch by Rowan Atkinson parodying New Archbishop of Canterbury, during Comic Relief. There have been 2,200 complaints, three quarters concerned with language. Though arsing about and shagging I would not consider offensive words pre watershed. The remainder of complaints were making the C of E look like well meaning buffoons trying to use popular culture to get with it.
Doubt complaints will be upheld for that. With over £75 million raised this was not just a good night for comedy.
UPDATE: comic relief have had clip pulled for copyright infringement – yet BBC iPlayer have taken away legal means to watch due to complaints.
Have put up another youtube link. Watch till they pull again.
I suppose you could always love your neighbour instead …
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog
In Britain Spitting Image was a satirical comedy involving puppets of politicans and celebrities. While no longer around it had an impact on popular perceptions – John Major being the colour grey, David Steel being in the pocket of David Owen, Neil Kinnock unable to fall off a log to prove he could win the election (which he did not). While it may not have changed minds, it did reinforce views people took on politicians.
In the USA Tina Fey (30 Rock) is having a similar impact playing Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live. As a mimic she is spot on in her interpretation of Palin. A natural advantage; a few years ago Palin dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween.
At some points the comedy actually uses what Sarah Palin has said. While Sarah has said she is a fan, and there is talk that before Polling Day she may do a sketch with Tina on Saturday Night Live – John McCain did saying he had the oldness required for the job.
Check out one mock interview on Saturday Night Live (SNL) with Tina Fey as Palin here.
A week after the first broadcast of SNL, Palin’s approval rating went down by ten percentage points. For some a Republican victory seems less likely with Fey’s impersonation:
But you, Ms. Fey, have the ability, with just a wink and a smirk, to change the minds of millions of casual viewers and even more casual voters, to educate them as to what this woman stands or doesn’t stand for. These viewers don’t react to a radical move like Republican Senator Chuck Hagel coming forth to question Palin’s credentials or credibility, or really care about what political pundits prognosticate on cable news shows. Whether you like it or not, whether you believe it or not, many swing-state voters get their information and cue from you, Ms. Fey, and you need to provide as much of it as one woman possibly can, before the election is upon us and it is too late. [Huffington Post]
As for Fey, she has said that come November 5 she hopes to be done with the impersonation. One would hope that the voters would base that on the issues and what Sarah Plain stands for then a comedic impression. Because if that really was how people formed their opinions on policy and issue, then we have even more to fear then the leader of the world’s only superpower. If it does hopefully the saving grace is that something is funny because it is often so true.
It is not only Hollywood celebrities that are accused of hurting people’s sensibilities when it comes to religion (Natalie Portman). Pat Condell, a comedian who has been featured on Richard Dawkins Website, had his video on Sharia Law flagged by users and complained about by Muslim Groups when posted on 30 September. YouTube have reinstated the video stating:
“YouTube is a platform for expression of all kinds. Our Community Guidelines prohibit speech that promotes or encourages hatred or violence towards certain groups or individuals, and the video was flagged by our community on that basis. Upon further review of the context of Pat Condell’s comments, we’ve reinstated it.”
Richard Dawkins welcomed the decision:
I congratulate YouTube on an excellent decision. Pat Condell is hard-hitting, but always quietly reasonable in tone. That some people say they are ‘offended’ by something is never a good reason for censoring it. Incitement to violence is. Pat Condell never incites violence against anybody. He always signs off with “Peace” and he means it.
Freedom of speech can not be limited based solely on people saying they are offended. There is a huge difference between not respecting ideas and inciting hatred and violence towards people. That distinction needs to be kept in mind and free citizens need to be vigilant against that distinction being eroded at the cost of all our civil liberties.
Here is the video:
[N.B. Only British Citizens can sign these petitions - the first one runs out today; the second one 1 January 2009 - thanks to Stephen Gash for comment]
The circular argument – the con artist (features Pat Condell video on atheism at bottom)
Tomorrow night (2 October) at 11pm Douglas Adams returns to Radio 4 with Dirk Gently, under the same director that brought The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy back to radio. Starring Harry Enfield as Dirk Gently and William Boyd as Richard McDuff.
When a passenger check-in desk at London’s Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the explosion is deemed an act of God. But which god, wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently? What god would be hanging around Heathrow trying to catch the 3:37 to Oslo? And what has this to do with Dirk’s latest–and late– client, found only this morning with his head revolving atop the hit record “Hot Potato”? Amid the hostile attentions of a stray eagle and the trauma of a very dirty refrigerator, super-sleuth Dirk Gently will once again solve the mysteries of the universe…
It can only be Douglas …
To help you listen to it live, here are the times around the world when it will be on (if you miss it you should be able to find the show on the listen to it again service here):
|Addis Ababa||Fri 1:00 AM||Guatemala||Thu 4:00 PM||Nassau *||Thu 6:00 PM|
|Adelaide||Fri 7:30 AM||Halifax *||Thu 7:00 PM||New Delhi||Fri 3:30 AM|
|Aden||Fri 1:00 AM||Hanoi||Fri 5:00 AM||New Orleans *||Thu 5:00 PM|
|Algiers||Thu 11:00 PM||Harare||Midnight Thu-Fri||New York *||Thu 6:00 PM|
|Almaty||Fri 4:00 AM||Havana *||Thu 6:00 PM||Oslo *||Midnight Thu-Fri|
|Amman *||Fri 1:00 AM||Helsinki *||Fri 1:00 AM||Ottawa *||Thu 6:00 PM|
|Amsterdam *||Midnight Thu-Fri||Hong Kong||Fri 6:00 AM||Paris *||Midnight Thu-Fri|
|Anadyr *||Fri 11:00 AM||Honolulu||Thu 12:00 Noon||Perth||Fri 6:00 AM|
|Anchorage *||Thu 2:00 PM||Houston *||Thu 5:00 PM||Philadelphia *||Thu 6:00 PM|
|Ankara *||Fri 1:00 AM||Indianapolis *||Thu 6:00 PM||Phoenix||Thu 3:00 PM|
|Antananarivo||Fri 1:00 AM||Islamabad *||Fri 4:00 AM||Prague *||Midnight Thu-Fri|
|Asuncion||Thu 6:00 PM||Istanbul *||Fri 1:00 AM||Reykjavik||Thu 10:00 PM|
|Athens *||Fri 1:00 AM||Jakarta||Fri 5:00 AM||Rio de Janeiro||Thu 7:00 PM|
|Atlanta *||Thu 6:00 PM||Jerusalem *||Fri 1:00 AM||Riyadh||Fri 1:00 AM|
|Auckland *||Fri 11:00 AM||Johannesburg||Midnight Thu-Fri||Rome *||Midnight Thu-Fri|
|Baghdad||Fri 1:00 AM||Kabul||Fri 2:30 AM||San Francisco *||Thu 3:00 PM|
|Bangkok||Fri 5:00 AM||Kamchatka *||Fri 11:00 AM||San Juan||Thu 6:00 PM|
|Barcelona *||Midnight Thu-Fri||Karachi *||Fri 4:00 AM||San Salvador||Thu 4:00 PM|
|Beijing||Fri 6:00 AM||Kathmandu||Fri 3:45 AM||Santiago||Thu 6:00 PM|
|Beirut *||Fri 1:00 AM||Khartoum||Fri 1:00 AM||Santo Domingo||Thu 6:00 PM|
|Belgrade *||Midnight Thu-Fri||Kingston||Thu 5:00 PM||Sao Paulo||Thu 7:00 PM|
|Berlin *||Midnight Thu-Fri||Kiritimati||Fri 12:00 Noon||Seattle *||Thu 3:00 PM|
|Bogota||Thu 5:00 PM||Kolkata||Fri 3:30 AM||Seoul||Fri 7:00 AM|
|Boston *||Thu 6:00 PM||Kuala Lumpur||Fri 6:00 AM||Shanghai||Fri 6:00 AM|
|Brasilia||Thu 7:00 PM||Kuwait City||Fri 1:00 AM||Singapore||Fri 6:00 AM|
|Brisbane||Fri 8:00 AM||Kyiv *||Fri 1:00 AM||Sofia *||Fri 1:00 AM|
|Brussels *||Midnight Thu-Fri||La Paz||Thu 6:00 PM||St. John’s *||Thu 7:30 PM|
|Bucharest *||Fri 1:00 AM||Lagos||Thu 11:00 PM||St. Paul *||Thu 5:00 PM|
|Budapest *||Midnight Thu-Fri||Lahore *||Fri 4:00 AM||Stockholm *||Midnight Thu-Fri|
|Buenos Aires||Thu 7:00 PM||Lima||Thu 5:00 PM||Suva||Fri 10:00 AM|
|Cairo||Midnight Thu-Fri||Lisbon *||Thu 11:00 PM||Sydney||Fri 8:00 AM|
|Canberra||Fri 8:00 AM||London *||Thu 11:00 PM||Taipei||Fri 6:00 AM|
|Cape Town||Midnight Thu-Fri||Los Angeles *||Thu 3:00 PM||Tallinn *||Fri 1:00 AM|
|Caracas||Thu 5:30 PM||Madrid *||Midnight Thu-Fri||Tashkent||Fri 3:00 AM|
|Casablanca||Thu 10:00 PM||Managua||Thu 4:00 PM||Tegucigalpa||Thu 4:00 PM|
|Chatham Island *||Fri 11:45 AM||Manila||Fri 6:00 AM||Tehran||Fri 1:30 AM|
|Chicago *||Thu 5:00 PM||Melbourne||Fri 8:00 AM||Tokyo||Fri 7:00 AM|
|Copenhagen *||Midnight Thu-Fri||Mexico City *||Thu 5:00 PM||Toronto *||Thu 6:00 PM|
|Darwin||Fri 7:30 AM||Miami *||Thu 6:00 PM||Vancouver *||Thu 3:00 PM|
|Denver *||Thu 4:00 PM||Minneapolis *||Thu 5:00 PM||Vienna *||Midnight Thu-Fri|
|Detroit *||Thu 6:00 PM||Minsk *||Fri 1:00 AM||Vladivostok *||Fri 9:00 AM|
|Dhaka||Fri 4:00 AM||Montevideo||Thu 7:00 PM||Warsaw *||Midnight Thu-Fri|
|Dubai||Fri 2:00 AM||Montgomery *||Thu 5:00 PM||Washington DC *||Thu 6:00 PM|
|Dublin *||Thu 11:00 PM||Montreal *||Thu 6:00 PM||Winnipeg *||Thu 5:00 PM|
|Edmonton *||Thu 4:00 PM||Moscow *||Fri 2:00 AM||Yangon||Fri 4:30 AM|
|Frankfurt *||Midnight Thu-Fri||Mumbai||Fri 3:30 AM||Zagreb *||Midnight Thu-Fri|
|Geneva *||Midnight Thu-Fri||Nairobi||Fri 1:00 AM||Zürich *||Midnight Thu-Fri|