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Jon Richardson Grows Up

Jon Richardson. You know him as a standup comedian who jokes about being a little bit OCD. You know him as team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats, opposite Sean Lock. You know him as author of It’s Not Me, It’s You!, a book all about how he’s going to end up alone. You’ve seen him in…

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The UP Series, a review

What is it? The Up Series is a series of documentaries that started as one-hour TV docs that evolved into feature length films. In 1964, Granada Television selected 20 seven-year-olds in Britain from widely different backgrounds. In the first documentary, Paul Almond interviewed each of the kids about various subjects, like do you have a girlfriend/boyfriend, what…

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Revenge of the Mekons

How do you have a career as an amateur band? The Mekons are not just a band. “They’re a family, but maybe family is the wrong word. It’s the only word I can think of,” said critic Greil Marcus, who introduced the documentary film Revenge of the Mekons at the Film Forum on November 4th in New…

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The Eddie Izzard Story, pt. 1

You have to believe you can do standup before you become a standup, believe you can act before you become an actor, believe you can be an astronaut before you become an astronaut, but you’ve got to believe. This is one explanation of Eddie Izzard’s success offered up by Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, the 2009 documentary…

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Jon Richardson: A Little Bit OCD

Part of Jon Richardson’s standup act recognizes his OCD-like tendencies, his stress about how his flatmates don’t do the washing up correctly, for example: leaving the spoons out to dry face up so that a “little pool of shitty water” collects in them, and how he’s going to stab them for putting the knives in…

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Wonders of the Universe

Wonders of the Universe is a science show hosted by Professor Brian Cox. Here are four things I learned while watching this four-part series: Explains Sagan’s “We are all star stuff.” The only way that carbon can possibly be made is in the death of a star. The billion billion billion carbon atoms inside you…